Madison County Nature Trail - Green Mountain - Huntsville, AL
The plaque on the cabin reads:
"Charles D. Green was born either in Copenhagen, Denmark or the Duchy of Holstein, Germany. He was born Kurt Gruene on October 6, 1828. It is not known for sure why he changed his name when coming to the United States. He arrived in Boston in 1849. From Boston to New York to Harris County, Georgia he came.
|He married Martha Catherine Craig to whom was born a
son and a daugther--George in 1860, Catherine 1862. His
wife died in 1863 and he married again in 1865 to Mary
Elizabeth Pike. In 1869, he was on his way to Texas but
stopped in Madison County because his wife was pregnant
and could travel no further. He purchased 40
acres--eventually 320--on the mountain later to bear his
name and there he sired 12 more children.
Charles Green was an agrononist, cabinetmaker, and carpenter. He died December 9, 1902 and in interred in Maple Hill Cemetery. His gravesite had 14 plots for his 14 children but 13 are interred in Rosebud and Temple, Texas. One child, John Campbell was born on the mountain on December 3, 1888 and was still alive in 1977."
In 1975, the Madison County Commission acquired and developed the site where the Nature Trail sits. 1998 saw completion of trail improvements and restroom renovations with a National Recreational Trails Fund grant provided throught the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Make time to get away from the hussle and bussle of the city, and enjoy a quiet walk through nature on top of Green Mountain real soon!
Directions to the Park: From South Memorial Parkway, take Weatherly Road east; turn right on Bailey Cove Road, left on Green Mountain Road, and right on Shawdee Road to the park, which will be on your right.
The leader in wetland conservation with over 10,000 members in Alabama. More than 900 wildlife species depend on wetlands during part of their life.
in the Park
Monday nights, May through September, in Big Springs Park. Site includes a photo and schedule of events.
Located at Wheeler Lake and named for the first white settler in Madison County. Special reserved "Senior Citizens' Fishing Pier" for those with physical impairments.
County Botanical Garden
Open year round. See the Galazy of Lights Holiday Light Show, the biggest light extravangza in the Tennessee Valley from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.
Alabama's newest and largest inland marina located on the Tennessee River (Wheeler Lake) in Northern Alabama, 16 miles west of Athens off Highway 72.
Valley Audubon Society
Here you'll find a calendar of events, bird info and photos, newsletter, birding map, sanctuaries, and membership information.
National Wildlife Refuge
Here you'll find information, maps, and directions to this 34,500 acres of land along Wheeler Lake on the Tennessee River.
From Auburn University, this site includes a slide show, wildflower notes, and a searchable database.