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Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Monte Sano State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and mountaintop retreat encompassing on the eastern portion of the top and slopes of Monte Sano Mountain on the east side of Huntsville, Alabama. The state park has 1930s-era, Civilian Conservation Corps–built rustic cottages, hiking trails and picnic areas with scenic overlooks, and modern campsites. It is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.HistoryThe name "Monte Sano" derives from the Italian for "mountain of health" and is the eponymous name of the mountain that is the main feature of the park. The name reflects the 19th-century tradition of sending diphtheria, cholera and yellow fever sufferers to retreats on the mountain. A week's stay at the Hotel Monte Sano, a three-story Queen Anne–style luxury health resort with 233 rooms that opened in 1877, cost $11 and included amusements like bowling, horseback riding, croquet and lawn tennis. A railway line built to carry patients up the mountain ran from 1888 to 1896 before going bankrupt. Remnants of the line may be seen in the adjoining Monte Sano Preserve operated by the Land Trust of North Alabama. The development of vaccines and treatments ended the era of health trips to the mountain.Workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps developed the park in the 1930s, constructing an amphitheater, lodge, and rustic cottages built in the Arts and Crafts style. The park officially opened on August 25, 1938. It was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1996.
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  • great place for a family to stay. tons of trails to walk and bike on, completely safe and friendly. Cabin was rustic and basic but offered a family of 4 everything we needed for the weekend. at ~$100 ...  read more »
  • Camped in a travel trailer. Spaces were not close together. No Wifi at the camp site. Lots to do at this park. I was in a 34' trailer and had no issues getting in. The biggest rigs available were also...  read more »
  • My daughter got married here, we still go up to hike and walk around. Nice campsite, planetarium, and playgrounds. Worth the visit to the top of the mountain! 
  • It is rustic. It is charming. Cabins built by the CCC when things were built to last. Sunrise was amazing!
  • Gorgeous park with many cabins overlooking the valley below. You must ask for a fireplace! Bring provisions and firewood for a campfire from below, as it 10 miles to the nearest store after 5, when the campground store closes. Primitive and hook-up campsites as well!
  • Love the trails up here. The lookouts are one of a kind. Really hope they get some support soon so the Japanese garden and other favorite spots can get some much needed love. Primitive camping is always lovely. The cabins are worth every dollar. Disc golf course is challenging but beautiful and fun. Get up there!
  • We really enjoyed this little gem. Great hiking and Mountain biking for all levels. The campsites, we have a pop-up) are spacious and some have great view of the sparkling city lights filtered through the trees. Lastly, we enjoyed the Saturday @7:30 observatory talks and telescopes. The kids got to see Jupiter and it's rings!
  • Great hiking. Very peaceful. The planetarium is pretty cool and is open to the public periodically.
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