LOCAL'S GUIDE TO BIKE TRAILS IN HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA
There are sneaky good bike trails in Huntsville, Alabama. The state has many great rides from the hills of Mt Cheaha to the waterfront views of Gulf Shores to cruising the mighty Chief Ladiga Trail. Cycling in Huntsville has elements of all of these rides with long greenways and a network of bike routes. Along the way, you'll challenge Alabama's longest sustained climb, roll by the largest natural spring, and through the highest concentration of antebellum homes in the state. If you don't think Huntsville is a destination bike city, think again.
Rocket City is notorious for short greenway segments that don't connect to anything. There are grand plans for complete streets, greenway networks, and bike routes that crisscross all of Madison County. Some might say you need a local to show you around. Don't worry. We have you covered. I have ridden every ride in this guide, and they're all just outside our door. Now, a bike trail might be a combination of a greenway, bike route, and neighborhood road, but we'll get you out, riding, and having fun.
BIG SPRINGS PARK GREENWAY / TWICKENHAM TOUR (6.8 MILES / 415′ GAIN). Without a doubt, Big Springs is the heart of Huntsville. It’s the largest natural spring in Alabama, pumping out nearly 20-million gallons a day. It’s the reason John Hunt settled here, the reason the Alabama constitution was signed here, and the reason you’ll find Alabama’s oldest bank and Masonic Lodge in Rocket City. If you’re visiting Huntsville, be sure to take a 1-mile lap around Big Springs Park, whether you’re walking or renting a bike from the Blue Bikes bike share. Every visitor should come through downtown at least once on their trip.
MONTE SANO CLIMB (BIKE ROUTE 60) (13-MILES, 1170′ GAIN). Climbing Monte Sano is Huntsville’s signature ride. It’s Alabama’s longest sustained climb gaining almost 1000′ over 4.3 miles at a steady 8% grade, but it’s so much more than that. You’re under tree cover for nearly the entire trip until the very end when you reach the panoramic Monte Sano lookout adjacent to the CCC Museum and Memorial. Plus, drivers know to look out for cyclists (as long as you’re not on 431 / Governors), and the 1.3 miles on the paved Bankhead Trail through Monte Sano Park is exquisite. If you’re a rider, you want to try this one!