Bill and Marion Certain Trail

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Bill and Marion Certain Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Huntsville, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 557 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers




Slight grade at the beginning, but the trail itself is clear and well used/marked. It levels off and continues out to the power line pass where there is a good view of both the Huntsville side and Owen's Crossroads side of the mountain. The last half of the trail is pretty flat through the woods.

1 month ago

Last weekend, I hiked Blevins Gap for the first time with my two small dogs. The main Certain Trailhead was closed due to nearby road construction so we started at the Smokerise Trailhead located at the end of the Valley Bend Drive stub. We followed the connector to Smokerise where we went left to the Lowry Trail which got us to the Certain Trail. On the way back, we took the West Bluff alternate. The total mileage was right at 6 miles and it took us 2:39 including a few 5 minute breaks to enjoy the views at the overlooks. I expected to see lots of other hikers but we only saw one other couple at the first West Bluff overlook. For us, Smokerise and Lowry are more than moderate. They are mostly uphill and rocky. A great workout for all three of us. The Certain Trail was smooth and wide making for an easy fun hike which we needed after the rocky uphill climb. Passing under the powerlines, the Certain Trail does narrow with tall grasses and some sticker bushes but I didn't have any trouble following it. All the trails are well marked with diamond plates bearing the trail name. This was a fun morning adventure that we will definitely do again the next time we're in Huntsville.

10 months ago

Beautiful views once you get to the top from both sides of the mountain! Definitely plan to do this trail again. We had some confusion about .5 miles in on what direction to take. Once you make it up the incline you come to a T on the path. You need to go right. There is a diamond marker sign to the left which took us in the wrong direction. I think that takes you back down. You can veer off before the T and we may have missed a marker at the 1st path.

11 months ago

Veer off and take the West Bluff Trail. The view is better!

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Well marked trail with great overlooks of the city. Went to this trail on 4th of July to watch fireworks all over Huntsville. Amazing experience.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Sunset is amazing here. Sunrise is also impressive.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Great view

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Easy trail with a couple of good views. The beginning climb is fairly easy, then a pretty walk along a ridge line before you get to a couple of good view points. Trails are marked and cleared, also a couple of park benches. The first bench is at the top of the beginning climb. Great trail for a fall hike with the kiddos.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Great trail. Probably some of the best views of any trail in Huntsville at the top. Highly recommend for all skill levels.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

After breaking away from the other trail heads his hike is STEEP. Not the easy hike I was looking for. After gaining the altitude at the beginning the hike becomes easy but that first part was a steady climb. On the way back I took the West Bluff Trail which gave the best views off the hill.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

This trail is a good one that I do on a regular basis. There are several good lookouts, especially near the power line. Good trees for eno hammocks and I see people relaxing up there pretty frequently. My dog likes this trail a lot too.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hiked the trail this week. The upper/southern end of the trail on the map (the part that angles around the 1476ft peak) is no longer accessible. A new privacy fence has been installed adjacent to the cellphone tower. This fence eliminates about 3/10 of a mile from the trail.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Steep in the beginning but a very easy path for trail running, well maintained!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Very well maintained and heavily used trail. One incline at the beginning but smooth after getting to the ridge. We hiked to the tower and then down Varnedoe back to the trailhead. Great trip for us.

Monday, January 16, 2017

a great run, less crowded than the West side of the trails

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

I love this trail, especially at night when you reach the clearing. You are able to look the beautiful sight of the lights of Huntsville and little bit of Madison. There is also a small rock that you have to climb/jump onto where it is a great spot to Stargaze.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

this trail starts out a bit difficult, but if you stay the course it levels off. then it's just a stoll in the woods. there are great views to be seen once you reach the bluffs

Friday, December 30, 2016

great views from the top

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Nice trail, pretty view of the city.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Great local trail. Ends in a beautiful view of Jones Valley on one side and Hampton Cove (I think) on the other side.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Probably one of my favorite quick in town hike-walks. For an experienced hiker this is definitely rated easy. The hike itself takes no time at all, but provides one of the best views of the Huntsville area once you get out to the power line pass area where the trees have been cleared. Worth checking out if you get a chance.

Monday, September 05, 2016

This is a great hike in the area. Once you get away from the road, it is very quiet and features lovely views. My boyfriend and I loved the benches at the overlooks where we could sit comfortably and enjoy the views. One short part of the trail was overgrown. Overall, very enjoyable hike. We'll be doing this one again.

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