Monte Sano State Park
Welcome to Monte Sano State Park, the 2,140-acre public recreation area and mountaintop oasis located on the east side of Huntsville atop Monte Sano Mountain.
Monte Sano Mountain got its name from the Spanish translation, meaning 'mountain of health' because it was highly popular in the late 1800s for guests looking for a bit of fresh air or a dip in the mineral springs throughout the park. It is still popular for these reasons, plus the views and recreation options. Enjoy spectacular scenes of native azaleas in the spring, and gorgeous colorful leaves in the fall.
There are 20 total miles of hiking trails, with varying ranges of difficulty, and 14 miles of biking trails. There is also an onsite disc golf course, a playground, a conservation museum, and a planetarium and observatory. The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, or CCC Museum, holds various informational tidbits about local conservation, as well as an outdoor classroom. The Von Braun Astronomical Society hosts events each Saturday around 7:30 for the public in its onsite Planetarium and Observatory, and if it is a clear night you can use the telescopes yourselves!
This park is an excellent place to get to know the local ecosystem, enjoy some of the best views in the state, and enjoy some time immersed in mother nature!