Best Places to See Fall Colors in Huntsville, Alabama

Best Places to See Fall Colors in Huntsville, Alabama via iHeartHsv.com

 

There’s a lot to enjoy about fall — cooler temperatures, seasonal foods and coffees, pumpkins and mums, and of course the beauty of the leaves as they morph into a collage of bright yellows, vivid oranges and flaming reds!

 

So where in Huntsville, Alabama are the best places to view the brilliant hues of autumn? We’ve compiled some of our favorites as well as have put together a collection of your fall favorites submitted through social media. Scroll to the bottom for a photo collection of all of the photos.

 

First, take note that while fall colors begin showing in the Tennessee Valley in early October, the fall colors will peak in this area at the end of the month and in early November.

 

Now that you know when to look, where should you go to catch the best views?

 

PRO TIP: “Take the scenic route up the backside of Monte Sano Mountain along Bankhead Parkway, starting at Five Points. The slow and winding two-lane tree-covered road offers a nice a break from the hectic highways.”

 

Madison County Nature Trail in Huntsville, Alabama

 

Start with the mountains, in particular Monte Sano State Park,, the Monte Sano Nature Preserve and the Madison County Nature Trail atop Green Mountain. All of these showcase the colors of fall like an autumn bouquet and offer views unseen anywhere else in town. The reflection of the trees on the sparkling lake at the Nature Trail is a sight to behold, especially as the day winds down, just before sunset.

 

Take the scenic route up the backside of Monte Sano Mountain along Bankhead Parkway, starting at Five Points. The slow and winding two-lane tree-covered road offers a nice break from the hectic highways. Once at the top, get an eye full — or camera lens full — of the colored mountainside from the scenic overlooks, the hiking and biking trails, or at nearby Burritt on the Mountain.

 

A spectacular view of Huntsville from Burritt on the Mountain

A spectacular view of Huntsville from Burritt on the Mountain

 

From atop Monte Sano, don’t just look up at the trees above, look out at the city below — at just the right spot the mountainside will come alive with color — and look down at the leaves already starting to release from their branches and piling up, appreciating the beauty beneath your feet.

 

Seeing the colors with kids, or a big kid yourself? Gather the fallen leaves into a giant leaf pile and run and jump through it! Share laughs, make memories and take lots of photos!

 _chaseallen_ via Instagram

Thanks to _chaseallen_ via Instagram for this great photo of Big Spring Park East!

 

If the mountains aren’t calling your name, go no further than Downtown Huntsville to absorb a little (or a lot) of color. Take a self-guided walking tour of the Twickenham Historical District, enjoying the beauty of fall set against the architectural wonders and historic homes that make up this area. Be sure to venture towards Maple Hill Cemetery, too, for a bright array of fall foliage on the hundreds of oak, dogwood and maple trees spread throughout Alabama’s largest and oldest cemetery.

 

Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama

 

If you’d rather not walk but riding is more your style, hop on board the North Alabama Railroad Museum’s Fall Color Special Saturday, October 29 or Saturday, November 5 for a five-mile ride on a passenger train through the beautiful Alabama countryside.

 

Did we miss any of your favorite viewing places for autumn colors in Huntsville? Let us know your favorite viewing spots, and share your fall foliage photos with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, hashtag #iHeartHsv.

 

Your Huntsville Fall Photos

Credit: Angela Wiggins Compton via Facebook

Location: Green Mountain, Credit: Angela Wiggins Compton via Facebook

 

Credit - k.anne.b via Instagram

Location, Huntsville, Alabama, Credit – k.anne.b via Instagram

 

Location - South Huntsville, Credit- Lindsey Morgan via Facebook

Location – South Huntsville, Credit- Lindsey Morgan via Facebook

 

Location - Courthouse Square in Downtown Huntsville, Credit- Nicole Jones via Facebook

Location – Courthouse Square in Downtown Huntsville, Credit- Nicole Jones via Facebook

 

Location - Green Mountain, Credit- zackwhiteit via Instagram

Location – Green Mountain, Credit- zackwhiteit via Instagram

 

Photo of Green Mountain by Heather Smith

Photo of Green Mountain by Heather Smith

 

Photo by Heather Smith at Maple Hill Cemetery in Downtown Huntsville

Photo by Heather Smith at Maple Hill Cemetery in Downtown Huntsville

 

And one from our friends in nearby Rogersville

Location, Joe Wheeler State Park, Credit: @Prolixlocution via Instagram

Location, Joe Wheeler State Park, Credit: @Prolixlocution via Instagram

 

Happy Fall Y’all!

 

 

 

 

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Heather Smith

Heather Smith is a Huntsville native, who left the great state of Alabama just long enough to know it was time to go back home. A former newspaper reporter and author, Heather loves to tell a good story and believes every one and every thing has a story worth telling. Heather is an avid reader, music-lover, movie- and concert-goer, lover of plays and shows and the occasional sports fan. When she’s not cheering on her two sons at basketball or soccer, she can be found sipping white chocolate mochas with caramel drizzle at Starbucks or trying to learn guitar.

  • Amy Hardin says:

    The North Alabama Railroad Museum has added our vintage Coach 4679 to our Fall Color Specials on Saturday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov 7! This adds an additional 46 seats to each departure. Also, children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for this Saturday’s excursions! We’d love for you and your family to join us!

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