Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Monte Sano Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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scramble
5 days ago

16 seniors hiked down, lucky no one fell and broke a leg or hip. Each step for the severe down section had to be carefully considered. Several sections where butt scooting was the best option.

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rocky
7 days ago

I did the Oak Park Trail with Buzzard Roost loop you come back to Oak Park. The trail is rocky but work enough that it was easy to walk on. Took my dog with me. He loved it. Saw one other person walking and one biker as we were leaving. The trails have amazing views of the woods with lots of natural rocks and waterfall formations. Very beautiful fall colors.

Hiked Toll Gate Trail crossed over to Bankhead trail then Oak Park to Buzzard’s Roost Trail and back

hiking
24 days ago

beautiful trail!

Great loop for an afternoon stroll. Can be quite Rocky at parts, and the loop up is an incline steep reminiscent of the Walls of Jericho at times. Great spots to set up a hammock and relax.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome violence.

Straight up. Straight down

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

great short hike, rocky with a good elevation climb without it being too strenuous for little ones. all shade, good breeze, and lots of cool rock formations!

Nice trail, convienent location, it was a good time overall. The waterfall didn't have enough water, but it was still nice.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail close to sundown a few weeks ago. Its well marked and a nice hike. The waterfall wasn't flowing but that's how most of them are in tge summer. It was a little muddy from recent rain showers, but it wasn't bad.

Decent trail, some rocky areas, some nice elevation change.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice in and out hike up the mountain to the intersection with the Bankhead trail. We added the Bankhead trail to the Land Trust parking lot and up to the Fearn trailhead marker making this a easy 6 mile in and out hike.

I’d recommend doing this counter clockwise the waterline portion is a beast.

hiking
6 months ago

Very clean, nice trail. Could use more tail signage at junctions and on the rocky creek portion of Buzzard's Roost.

hiking
7 months ago

Very kid friendly. The hike down Alm House to get to Wildflower is a little steep, but the creek that runs beside Wildflower is perfect for wading.

Awesome 2 mile out and back just outside Huntsville. Good foliage and some rocky terrain makes a fun hike. Enjoy!

hiking
9 months ago

Yesterday was my first time on this trail and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We went to where the trail ends at Bankhead trail then on the way back down we took a short detour on the Buzzard’s Roost Trail where we found a gently flowing creek with a water crossing. Shortly after crossing the water you will come back onto the Oak Park Trail. There was a little mud in places but easy to avoid. The trail is well maintained and well marked.

9 months ago

We did 6.5 miles of hiking roundtrip on this trail from the ball park parking lot to the very top but it was beautiful & well marked! No waterfalls today but plan to go back after a good rain as I'm sure it will be amazing!

Nice trail..... the railroad was the best for me on this loop.

running
muddy
9 months ago

It’s a great trail to run but after a good rain there are tons of waterfalls.

hiking
10 months ago

The directions take you to another spot, not to the trailhead. The trailhead is in the back of the recreation park. Also, the waterfall and better scenery are in the Buzzard Roost trail. Seems the oak park trail just gets you to the other trails that lead to the falls.

A good loop the starts down then goes up. Old Railroad bed is rocky and very pretty, then Alms House/Wagon trail can be muddy if after a rain. Bluff can be very muddy and wet following rain, also it does have one point water crossing with no bridge. Bridges are needing some repair as they have reach their lifespan, but are safe enough to cross.

This trail is beautiful. The caves at the end are awesome. Always bring plenty of water and food. For yourself and for others if needed.

Great trail if you're looking to escape the city for a few hours. The best part of the trail is the Waterline Trail, as that portion leads to a bowl formation that sometimes has water falling from it. The creek the trail runs beside has some fallen trees that you can walk across. And then at the end of that portion, you have to scramble up beside that bowl formation to make it to the top. Pretty cool stuff. The entire trail is runnable with the exception of that one part.

hiking
1 day ago

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