One thing that I’ve really missed since our move from Alabama is the hiking trails that we used to frequent. It’s not that we can’t hike in Ohio. We do and we love it, it’s just that living in Alabama allowed us the opportunity to hike nearly all year long. With the exception of the hot humid weather of summer, nearly any other season allowed us ample time to get outdoors and explore our surroundings.
Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail is part of the Madison County Greenway and the Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama. This important trail system is part of a preservation effort to prevent further development of one of the last remaining natural areas in Madison County.
I think the pictures will show you why we were, and still are, so fond of this popular trail.
Things to know before you go:
Though there is a playground for kids, there are no facilities. Make sure you “go” before you leave your house.
You can spend anywhere from 15 minutes (just to see the view) to 1 1/2 hours or more hiking the easy to moderately difficult trail. Some of the trail is rocky with cliffs and some of the trail is not marked as well as it could be. If you plan to hike with children, keep them near you.
As a pet owner, I’m happy to say that dogs are welcome on Rainbow Mt. Loop Trail- just make sure to be responsible and clean up after your pet.
Where to find Rainbow Mountain Loop Trail
Rainbow Mt. Loop Trail can be found in the Stone Ridge subdivision off Hughes Road in Madison, Alabama. Turn on Hughes Road from Hwy. 72 or Madison Blvd. Turn onto Lynnbrook Drive which is across from the Discovery Middle School and follow the brown signs which will direct you to turn right on Concord Drive, left onto Stoneway Trail, right at the top of the hill and continuing to the parking lot beside the water tower. You can’t miss it.
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