Monte Sano State Park, Huntsville

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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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  • The park was built in the 1930's by the CCC, has had upgrades over the years. We lived on Monte Sano for 23 years, great place to raise a family, 10 degrees cooler in the summer that below in the city...  more »
  • Been to the park 3 times for Mountain Mist 50k. The trails are amazing and have something to offer all levels of runner, mountain biker, and hiker from crushed gravel and jeep trails to smooth single ...  more »
  • Just drove through this state park and plan to bring our RV here soon. There are only about 19 sites that have full services, but the price is right, there is a great lodge, and the view and hiking tr...  more »
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  • My husband and I have been to Alabama many times and never realized that right here was one of our earth creations "MOUNTAIN MONTE SANO" and it's just breathe taking, fresh air, the beautiful scenery... There's a small country store on the mountain and the caretakers are very friendly and eager to help. Open invitation year round, the prices for the cabins are very reasonable, with the scenery and the outrageous views the price is a sweet deal... So, if you love the outdoors, beautiful scenery, isolation from the fast pace of everyday life and/or you want to get just away I recommend "MONTE SANO STATE PARK". If there was ever a special place to take your special loved one, or maybe the FAMILY for a vacation this is one of those places. Enjoy the fresh air, Be safe....
  • An amazing experience is all I have got to say about this beautiful place. I'm surprised places like this exist in our little peaceful city. It is a very good place to hike and bike and also camp- though I have never camped here before. If you are looking for a good place to chill out from all that work stress, then this is the place. The view is panoramic and breathtaking! Suddenly you will feel like you have wandered into an Indian tropical forest or a cool hill-station for that matter The park also has some trails and a wide open space to have picnics and barbecues! I would definitely recommend it for anyone!
  • We took our family here to see the fall foliage. The views were beautiful. We also hiked on a few of the trails and let the little ones Andy the huge playground. There is a nice campground with huge tent sites. I would defiantly recommend visiting and spending some time here. I plan on going again and spending more runs here.
  • Lots of trails. My kids love the slides at the play grounds. Historical cabins make for a great get away. Groceries can be purchased at the base of the mountain at star grocery.
  • Great little park with very clean cabins. Close proximity to town if you choose to go in to Huntsville for the day. Nice selection of trails to walk or bike. We reserved online and luckily got a cabin that had probably the best view in the park. Staff at check-in was friendly and helpful. Staff at checkout not so much, and act like they were bothered to walk over to the window and get the key.

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