Monte Sano State Park sits on 2,140 acres with spectacular vistas from atop a mountain, only 5 miles from downtown Huntsville. This park offers 20 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of biking trails and is a great place to camp and enjoy the sights of Huntsville.
Monte Sano State Park Campground offer spacious sites that are shaded by beautiful trees. There are back-in's and pull-through sites with four double buddy sites which are perfect if camping with friends. There are full hook-up sites as well as water & electric only. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Eighteen primitive tent sites available. Campground has a dump station, restrooms, laundry facilities, and showers. Pets are allowed.
Campground Reservations 256-534-6589
Monte Sano State Park has some of the best historical and rustic cabins for rent. Built by the Civil Conservation Corp. sometime between 1935-1940, these cabins were constructed with hand-crafted cut stone and offer the original wood floors, rustic stone fireplaces and screened porches; some even have a view! Cabins are 500 square feet offering a studio configuration with a stocked kitchenette. There are two-dog friendly cabins and one ADA. Cabin reservations 256-534-3757
Mountain Biking Trails
About 30 minutes north of Birmingham is Rickwood Caverns State Park, known for its massive cave where visitors can head underground to view ancient formations. The cave is a constant 58-62 degrees which is welcoming in the heat of summer. Visit their website for tour information and fees.
The other main feature of Rickwood Caverns State Park is the cave water-fed Olympic-size swimming pool (there is also a kiddie pool). Visit website for pool fee information.
There is a primitive campground not well suited for RV's, however, there are plans to make improvements
Fossil Mountain Hiking Trail
Gemstone Mining (fee)
Guided Cave Tours
Sloss Furnaces is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. For over 90 years, Sloss Furnaces was essential to making iron. It was here that men turned limestone, coal and iron ore into pig iron; utilizing a pair of large blast furnaces. Instead of tearing down this essential piece of Birmingham history, "Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is currently the only twentieth-century blast furnace in the nation being preserved and interpreted as an industrial museum."
Visitors can take a self-guided tour through this amazing industrial site. Time has stood still here and the photography opportunities abound.
I wouldn't recommend this tour for very young children (inherent dangers abound) and the site is not stroller-friendly. Ask for the fun Scavenger Hunt sheet available at the Visitor Center. Leashed pets are welcome. Tours are free!
Tuesday-Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Sunday Noon - 4PM
* Sloss Furnaces does close periodically for special events. Check Website for these dates.
20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL