North Plateau Loop is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop 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.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 104 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

North Plateau Loop is the trail that surrounds the inner park and provides access to 5 other trails in the Monte Sano system. While it is the heaviest used trail (and easiest), it does provide a spectacular view of Logan Point and the northwest side of Monte Sano Mountain, as well as the Amphitheater, an abandoned lodge, and the CCC built picnic area.

hiking
2 days ago

Gorgeous trail walked from our campsite #77 passed two overlooks and several streams. Great for dogs and family

mountain biking
29 days ago

Beautiful w some nice singletrack

walking
1 month ago

Nice flat hike around the picnic area and past the campground.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail that’s easy and not too long! Muddy in a few spots, but easy to cross.

hiking
2 months ago

Fabulous trail for the entire family. Kids did great (4 and 6 years old). A little muddy in areas but easy to pass along the sides.

hiking
bugs
flooded
muddy
2 months ago

Simple . One area was flooded bc of the rain. Lots of muddy areas but enjoyed it.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

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muddy
4 months ago

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muddy
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muddy
4 months ago

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muddy
4 months ago

Easy hike, great for kids - there are plenty of spots to rest or picnic.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail to walk on a winter day! Make sure to check out to old lodge, CCC buildings and scenery. We will be back to walk this trail again in the spring!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail. Very well marked and easy to follow. There are some great historic and scenic views along this trail. Trail is used by hikers, bikers, and runners.

hiking
6 months ago

Got a bit lost at the end and had to walk on the side of the road to find our way back, but it was very enjoyable and beautiful. The Japanese Gardens were breathtaking! Well worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy family friendly trail. Wide trails.

hiking
blowdown
8 months ago

Took most of the trail, it a big storm knocked down lots of trees last night. Gorgeous hike though with a small water feature that I’m sure is gorgeous after a rain. Passed by the overlook, picnic area, and planetarium. Nice easy stroll.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a lovely, quick little loop for those days you want to get out but don’t have time to be gone for hours on end. There are two lookout spots that offer great photo opportunities so be sure to take advantage!

hiking
9 months ago

Rocky start on South Plateau but trail is beautiful, wildlife, plant life, cave and trickling streams.

hiking
11 months ago

This is an easy warm up trail near the picnic area and campground. Very busy with trail runners.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

Pretty cool, nice clean up kept trails

hiking
Sun Jan 20 2019

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

Sun Nov 04 2018

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.

hiking
Sat Oct 13 2018

Easy and family friendly. Checkout the classroom in the middle of nowhere. It always has wildlife by it. Frogs, snakes, turtles, butterflies, etc.

hiking
Fri Aug 17 2018

Some very pretty views. $10 to get into the park for 3 of us. The trails are easy to hike, but they are smoothed with sand. So make sure you have shoes that have good grip. The same shoes we have been loving hiking in were slipping and sliding all over the place in the the sand. Made for some sore ankles after. Pretty. Easy. But not sure it is worth a return visit.

hiking
Sun May 27 2018

Decided to take a break on our road trip and stopped here. Got to the gate to learn there was a small fee (cash only) to get into the park. No big deal, but we didn’t have cash on us so we drove down and took the road entrance. Easy trail. Really well marked. Lots of stuff to see along the way with great views. Nothing overwhelmingly spectacular but definitely beautiful. Overall solid trail and fun experience! Definitely would be great and easy with kids as well!

Wed Apr 11 2018

Well marked, beautiful trail. A must for Huntsvile hiking.

walking
Thu Mar 22 2018

Very well marked. We took 4 kids, ages 4-8, and I wore a baby on my back. They navigated a lot of the trail for us by looking for the blue marks on trees. The middle of the trail is on the side of the mountain, so make sure the kids watch and have them stay to the side of the trails great walking!

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