Hey everyone! Katie here with another vlog for iHeartHsv.com. Today, I’m spending some time on the Land Trust of North Alabama’s property. The Land Trust of North Alabama maintains more than 40 miles of beautiful trails in Huntsville alone, and a total of 6,000+ acres in Madison, Jackson, Limestone, and DeKalb Counties. They offer frequent guided hikes and trail maintenance sessions, which my parents actually love doing.
On a Saturday morning, my mom, Casey the dog, and I decided to take a short hike on the Land Trust property on Monte Sano Mountain. We chose the Old Railroad Bed trail, a two-mile hike that follows the path of the steam locomotive that traveled between the Huntsville Depot and the Monte Sano Hotel between 1888 and 1896. You can see the remains of several rock trestles and bridge supports along the trail, including one that spans 175 feet!
Later in the evening, Joel and I went to see the Muscle Shoals Revue featuring The Swampers play at Three Caves. Three Caves is a property held by the Land Trust that was a working limestone mine from 1945 to 1952 and contains six football fields-worth of space inside. Entrance to the caves is strictly off-limits, but the Land Trust often throws events like these summer concerts at the cave openings. The gaping entrances provide quite a landscape, as well as a cool breeze!
We had an amazing night listening to the iconic music of Muscle Shoals, such as The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and Bob Segar’s “Old Time Rock n Roll.” If you haven’t seen the documentary about the Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios called “Muscle Shoals,” you need to watch it! Food trucks such as Fire & Spice and Washington Square Catering, as well as beer from Yellowhammer, Rocket Republic, and Straight to Ale were on hand to make sure everyone was well-fed, and the VIP tent hosted by The Bottle offered delicious treats of their own. It was such a great night!
Find out who’s performing at this summer’s Three Caves Concert Series and get your tickets here. Enjoy summer with a concert at the caves!
I hope you guys enjoyed this video, and I’ll see you soon!
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Katie Wright is a southerner, an explorer, a student, and an old lady at heart. She was born and raised in the south, but abandoned her homeland during her early twenties for the allure of places such as New Zealand and Northern England. After completing her studies, she returned to the sweet sunny south and is now an archaeologist by day and a blogger/vlogger by night. Other hobbies include baking, crocheting, researching local history (like I said… old lady), and putting things in her online shopping cart and then never buying them.