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Free guided hike to enjoy views from Green Mountain in Huntsville (April 5)

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Free guided hike to enjoy spring views from Green Mountain in Huntsville (April 5)

The Land Trust of North Alabama is holding the fifth event of their Spring Guided Hikes Series on Saturday, April 5th. Alabama A&M Biology & Environmental Science/Wildlife Program Assistant, Andrew Cantrell, will lead this hike on Green Mountain.

According to the Land Trust, the purpose of this hike is to see “The Narrows” and enjoy spectacular views of Hampton Cove and South Huntsville.

Geoview.info reports says “The Narrows” are cliffs, and the Green Mountain Civic League has reported that hawks can be seen riding thermals these cliffs.

The hike takes place on Green Mountain. According to the Green Mountain Civic League, Green Mountain is named after Charles D. Green, a Danish-born immigrant who became an American citizen in 1846. He was passing through Huntsville in the 1860s and ended up buying more than 140 acres of land in the area. He lived on the mountain and named it after himself.

The portion of Green Mountain where the hike takes place includes land belonging to the Blevins Gap Nature Preserve. The Nature Preserve consists of 971 acres of forest within the Huntsville city limits, and its users include hikers, runners, and mountain bikers.

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WHAT: Spring Guided Hikes Series: Spring Views from Blevins Gap Nature Preserve

WHO: Suitable for all ages. This 3.5-mile hike is rated moderate-to-difficult.

WHY: You’re curious about nature and some of the hiking trails in Huntsville. You have a budding biologist, environmental scientist, or wildlife lover in the family.

WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cancelled for rain. (Verify cancellation via the Land Trust of North Alabama’s website or Facebook page.)

WHERE: Huntsville, AL. The northern trails of the Blevins Gap Nature Preserve start from a gravel parking lot on Green Mountain, at 3475 Cecil Ashburn Drive Southeast, at the top of the road (between Huntsville Mountain and Green Mountain). The lot is marked only by a small Land Trust sign.

HOW: Free to the public, but donations are encouraged. Comfortable closed-toe shoes, bottled water, snacks, and a camera are always good things to bring hiking.

FOR MORE INFO: Visit Land Trust of North Alabama online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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