Looking for a great trail in Monte Sano State Park, Alabama? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Monte Sano State Park ranging from 1.6 to 11.4 miles and from 715 to 1,637 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Monte Sano, Spanish for Mountain of Health, rises more than 1,600 feet above sea level. The mountain has attracted visitors since the mid 1820s with the establishment of the town of Viduta, a derivative of the Spanish word Vida, meaning life. Viduta was home to a sanatorium and a hotel resort, Hotel Monte Sano, which opened its doors in 1887 and closed in the early 1900s due to a declining economy.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Wife & I did this trail on mountain bikes. This was an easy trail. Nice views.

Abby and I hiked this trail today. The outline of the trail looks like Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants (sort of), so we named it the Patrick trail. We ran short on time so we didn't get Patrick's left leg, which would have been the hardest part.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Trails was fun for most of the loop. A little muddy and rocky in some places. Trail paths were a little hard to read, Going West on Waterline Trail from High Trail was pretty tough for us. Feels like we were climbing down the waterfall. Fun times! Especially with the pups

trail running
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

Scenic and fairly quiet trail with some views of the city. I ran the loop clockwise in just over an hour. Tollgate trail was rocky and more difficult for running. High Trail was muddy in places where the trail paralleled and crossed streams. Otherwise very pleasant and peaceful.

off trail
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

While i enjoyed this loop, it is strenuous in places, and it is off-trail in places. the off-trail section includes a dry boulder creek to go down, and that is definitely not moderate. Water Line Trail is crazy steep as you connect to Bluff Line, so definitely not moderate.

hiking
off trail
scramble
14 days ago

My only issue with this hike is the moderate rating. While most of the trails are moderate or easy, one section is off trail, then you must scramble down a boulder creek. Finally, the top of water line trail is crazy steep and it is difficult to detect the trail at times. I certainly got a good workout, however!

Wife & I enjoyed the short hike. The trail is well marked and the directions to the trailhead were spot on.

Nice, easy, short hike. Trail is well marked.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a nice trail with almost zero elevation change, but good views of the valley below on almost all of it. at least in the winter. It intersects with other trails so you can make your own loop combinations. this trail is well marked. you would have to be drunk and blindfolded to get lost.

hiking
20 days ago

A great hike.......I enjoyed the railroad section the best.

hiking
21 days ago

A good hiking trail.....tough the last couple of miles if you do it clockwise. My GPS got it around 10.5.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice easy hike. Around 2 miles with a couple of scenic overlooks.

Easy trail.

We had a blast. Be extra careful around the waterline trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep section is tough to do with dogs. Would not recommend taking pets on that section. Beautiful hike otherwise.

hiking
1 month ago

Totally unexpected. I didn’t anticipate such a beautiful trail to be in the middle of this busy city. The rock formations, the elevation, everything was amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail.....kids loved the squeeze !!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with plenty of variety. An easy to moderate hike for weekend warriors. Don’t take the bypass if you want to walk among the boulders and squeeze through the rocky areas...it’s just too cool to miss. Love the variety you can add by taking trails that bisect the main trail.

Loved this trial. Started on Bluffline clockwise which put me going down Waterline. This trail is very well marked EXCEPT for a small portion of Waterline, but just keep bushwhacking down the creek and you’ll reconnect to the Waterline trial fine (try not to fall). Where Waterline connects to Alms you’ll find the 3 Caves. Really cool to check out however they are closed and gated up at the moment. My only disappointment on what was otherwise a great day hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Stone Cuts is really neat to maneuver through. I added Panthers Knob to my loop, and I’m really glad I did. You get a nice overlook followed by more rock cuts to navigate, not as dynamic as the official Stone Cuts section but more challenging.

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Beautiful hike with the cooler weather. Really nice when not overgrown. The creek is beautiful, and the kids really liked climbing around the boulders and rock gardens.

An easy trail that offers a journey through some of the popular areas of the park. Goes behind the lodge, through the picnic area, and by the observatory. Well marked with a couple beautiful overlooks.

Trail is exactly as advertised - flat, easy, well marked, and well maintained. Perfect easy hike or warm up. A few overlooks and covered benches along the trail. Views will be best after the leaves fall.

Nice hike. Steep rocky downhill at first, then gradual the rest of the way. Beautiful forest especially down at the bottom.

hiking
4 months ago

well we started out trying to hike the Land Trust Loop but we ended up making our own loop. the old railroad bed is extremely rocky but also pretty cool. we met a man on the trail who gave us some nice information regarding the old railroad and made us appreciate the history more. all in all it was our first time on the land trust and we really enjoyed it! thankful for an organization committed to conserving, preserving, and protecting!

This trail is nice. There are good views and at the end there is a cave loop! Three caves loop. A little strenuous but not too much. Alms House trail is about 2 miles to the the caves and 2 miles back of course. There are other trails around but I have been hiking before this trail so the other trails I did not take. Beautiful views as always promised when hiking in Alabama.

hiking
4 months ago

Would hike in the fall when the leaves are changing. I took North Plateau to McKay Hollow to Fire Tower route and it was a more gradual elevation change coming back up.

hiking
4 months ago

The stone cuts you get to walk through are as cool as you'd imagine!

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