and explore hardwood forest, walk the fields and discover the wetlands. Wildlife abounds with deer, rabbits, raccoons, and resident and migratory birds; in fact, this natural area is an important part of the North Alabama Birding Trail.
It is especially great for kids due to its Terrame Natural Playground. This type of playground is developed using elements of nature instead of standard equipment.
This unique experience provides a more imaginative and creative type of play that encourages the kids to interact with their natural environment. A two-story fort complete with rock climbing, wooden seesaws, swinging bridge and a play kitchen are just some of the components that make up this attraction that will surely catch the attention of any child. Located at 7153 Hwy 431 S. Owens Cross Roads, Hays Nature Preserve is free for all to experience and any donations support Huntsville’s Green Team.
Burritt on the Mountain
Situated on a magnificent 167-acre site overlooking the city, Burritt on the Mountain is a place to explore the natural beauty of Round Top Mountain, learn about its ecology, revisit the lives of farmers from the 1800s, and tour Dr. William Henry Burritt’s unique 1938 mansion. Burritt’s nature trails are perfect for hiking and connect to the Land Trust and Monte Sano State Park.
Hiking isn’t the only activity though. The open-air museum includes some of the most beautiful facilities the area has to offer for weddings, meetings and other events. Some of the wonders you will find here include Dr. Burritt’s remarkable 14-room mansion preserved from the 1930s and the Historic Park which features restored farm buildings which interpret 19th century life in rural Alabama.