North Plateau Loop is a 2 mile moderately 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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.

12 days ago

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
3 months ago

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
5 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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

walking
7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

Very well marked. We took 4 kids and i wore a baby on my back. They navigated a lot of it for us by looking for the blue marks on the trees. The middle of the trail is on the side of the mountain so make sure you have kids watch and keep to the left. It was a great walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Well marked trail with lots of View points. The waterfall was a nice bonus.

10 months ago

Had views of both sides of the mountain. Great for young kids

hiking
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It was pretty nice. It has a lot of beautiful views. Just if you go make sure you have cash .It costs to get in

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

good views. was surprised to see the observatory, didn't realize it was there.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Easy trail - kind of narrow in places

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Today was our first time on the NP trail. The hike was good but the highlight was when a small fawn, about 18"H×18"L came right up to me and sniffed my leg. I've never had that experience before, at least not in the wild. we will definitely be back!

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

It was pretty, well marked, and easy. It was busy with lots of hikers and mountain bikers. Unfortunately, the waterfall on McKay Hollow was nonexistent.

hiking
Thursday, March 10, 2016

neat waterfall

Friday, February 12, 2016

Great for getting out and enjoying nature. Easy to tack on extra miles on one of the connected trails. Easy walk with the pups and fam, but you share it with cyclists which gets awkward in places. Bring a map as it may get confusing in some places even though the trails are clearly marked.

trail running
Thursday, January 07, 2016

Great easy trail for a quick run or an easy hike.

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

Simple easy walk, good for taking it slow with your dog and just enjoying being outdoors. Just be aware that there's a slope that drops off from the trail. You could find yourself tumbling through underbrush with a wrong step

hiking
Monday, April 13, 2015

Very good hike for the family. Took our 6 year old, and blue heeler; they both had fun. It passes by the two lookouts, the amphitheater, the observatory and a ravine of about 60 ft deep with a couple of other trails running underneath. The only challenging part was the narrow path next to the ravine as we had to share it with a couple of cyclist passing by, making it a little dangerous for them. It was varied enough to keep us entertained. Looking forward to doing it again once it's lusher with vegetation. Uploaded a couple of panoramic pictures.

hiking
Monday, February 02, 2015

Very beautiful set of footpaths. We practically had this place to ourselves. So peaceful.

hiking
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Clean, quick, and easy. Great hike for beginners and families if you are in the area. The trailhead is right next to the "general store", which right now is a trailer while they renovate the real one. Not a secluded hike by any means, so if that is what you are looking for, you might look to do the South Plateau Loop.

hiking
Saturday, January 05, 2013

This trail is not one for seclusion. It passes by the lodge, the picnic area, campsites, the observatory... However you go right by the best two views in the park but one you can drive right up to and the other is part of the picnic area which is a short walk from the parking area. It is an interesting walk but not what I look for in a hike.

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2011

We (me, my teenager, & her bff) really enjoyed this hike. It was our first hike ever! We were nervous but it was clearly marked & easy to follow. We saw squirrels, chipmunks, & deer.

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