This 935-acre preserve located in North Huntsville, offers approximately 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. The trail system can be accessed directly from Spragins Hollow Trailhead or take a short stroll down The City of Huntsville’s Wade Mountain Greenway (a paved walking path) to access the hiking trails from Pulaski Pike Trailhead. A pavilion provides a shady spot to gather along the Greenway.
These trails are accessed from Fleming Trailhead and were designed as a training area for beginner mountain bikers, designed in partnership with local school bike teams and Huntsville Area Mountainbike Riders (HAMR).
What You’ll Find
The mountain’s geology influences the area’s microclimate which may be considered almost semi-arid. The land is steep and composed primarily of limestone capped by a layer of sandy soil. Water drains the area quickly, leaving little for the plants which are different from those typical of the area and often smaller than normal. The white ash, cedar, hickory, and scrub glade supports unique species, including wild turkeys. As in most karst topography, there are numerous sinkholes, six springs (four of them intermittent or wet weather dependent), and two waterfalls. Wade Mountain and its springs are the headwaters of Pinhook Creek, which feeds into Huntsville Spring Branch in the heart of Huntsville. The Preserve includes the Devil’s Race Track, a significant geologic feature which has one of the best views of north Huntsville and views to Tennessee on a clear day. This feature is a rock outcropping of limestone and is generally covered with grasses and wildflowers. Folklore that claims the Cherokee Indians raced horses atop the mountain.