Monte Sano State Park Trails
Currently over 14 miles of hiking/biking trails service our state park and its patrons. The Park’s trail systems are maintained by our employees and with the help of local hiking and biking groups.
A short walk from the main trail head our “NORTH PLATEAU LOOP” and “SOUTH PLATEAU LOOP” offer stunning vistas of the Tennessee Valley, with mild trail elevation changes.
For our more serious hikers and bikers we invite you to try our “Mountain Mist” and “McKay Hollow” trails. Here you may find any number of exotic plants and wildlife ranging from wild roses to ginseng or whitetail deer to some our oldest residents, Feral goats. However, beware that you may come across a rattlesnake, copperhead or king snake. Please respect these animals and remember that our park is a wildlife sanctuary and the killing or harming of these beautiful specimens is prohibited by law.
A new addition to Monte Sano is the Outdoor Interpretive Classroom. The Classroom is located From Hikers Parking Lot you go west on South Plateau Loop then South on the Firetower trail to the Bog Trail and the classroom is approx. 1/2 mile. There are 18 stops and two Kiosks. For scheduled tours please call (256) 534-3757. For additional pictures go to the photo gallery.
Each year several hikers/bikers venture into our 2,400 acre park without having oriented themselves to our trails and their surrounding. This in-turn causes several “lost & found” rescues and injuries each year. For this reason the Monte Sano staff would like to remind our hiking and biking visitors pick up a map at the country store.