Explore Huntsville trails! Get to know this Northern Alabama city through its delicious craft beer, cocktails, coffee, and hiking trails!
We’ve been to Huntsville multiple times now and each time we discover something new. There are so many things to do in Huntsville; way more than people realize. A particularly delicious activity is exploring one of the city’s popular Trail Networks. Or two. Or all three.
Not only are you indulging in savory drinks, you are also supporting local businesses. And as an added bonus, you get free prizes for completing each Huntsville trail!
So how does it work? First, pick up a Trail Card at the Huntsville Visitor Center or at any of the locations on the trail that you choose. As you visit each location, get your Trail Card stamped. Once you’ve gotten stamped at all of the locations, you get your free prize. Easy peasy!
The three Huntsville craft trails are:
- Beer Trail
- Cocktail Trail
- Coffee Trail
In this article we’re going to tell you about all three. Plus, we’re throwing in information about a fourth trail that’s a bit more… natural. 😉 Ready? Let’s go!
Huntsville Craft Beer Trail
There are a lot of breweries in Huntsville. Like, a lot. Most of the breweries are in Downtown Huntsville or within a few miles of the city center. To ensure you visit them all, and have the opportunity to win a Trail Boss bottle opener, get your Trail Card ready. Actually, you have two opportunities to win a bottle opener because there is one Trail Card for breweries and one Trail Card for craft beer stores.
These are the nine breweries currently on the Huntsville Beer Trail:
- Below the Radar Brewhouse
- Chandler’s Ford Brewing
- Green Bus Brewing
- InnerSpace Brewing
- Mad Malts Brewing
- Rocket Republic Brewing
- Salty Nut Brewery
- Straight to Ale Brewing
- Yellowhammer Brewing
These are the three craft beer stores currently on the Huntsville Beer Trail:
There are also two bonus trail stops; Huntsville International Airport Beer Garden and Fractal Brewing Project. We especially love Fractal Brewing because it is veteran owned. As some of you may know, Vicky was in the Army so we always try to support fellow veterans.
Out of all of the Huntsville trails, this was definitely Mark’s favorite!
Huntsville Craft Cocktail Trail
The city’s newest trail is the Craft Cocktail Trail. We’re all about fun and creative cocktails and these stops are all about using top ingredients in their signature drinks. With this trail, once you’ve gotten all of your stamps, you’ll get a free specialty cocktail strainer. It’s perfect for making your own drinks at home.
These are the seven stops currently on the Huntsville Craft Cocktail Trail:
- La Esquina Cocina
- Phat Sammy’s
- Rhythm on Monroe
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Stella’s Elixir Lounge
- The Bottle
Our personal favorite from this list is Phat Sammy’s. Their drinks come in all kinds of cute and crazy glasses and containers! But besides their fun handcrafted cocktails, they also have delicious food, making them one of the best restaurants in Huntsville.
Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail
Kickstart your day of exploring Huntsville with a good cup of joe. Don’t worry, wherever you are in town, you’re never too far from some delicious craft coffee. Grab your Trail Card and have it stamped while sipping on coffee that you will enjoy to the last drop. After collecting all of your stamps, you’ll receive a free Downtown Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail mug.
These are the ten stops currently on the Huntsville Craft Coffee Trail:
- Canadian Bakin
- Charlie Foster’s
- Gold Sprint
- Honest Coffee Roasters
- Northside Coffee
- Offbeat Coffee Studio
- Olde Towne Coffee
- Piper & Leaf
- Pizzelle’s Confections
- The Moon Bakeshop
We’ve loved Honest Coffee Roasters since our first visit to Huntsville. And Pizzelle’s Confections is a new favorite because they have great coffee and chocolate!
Huntsville Hiking Trails
After experiencing all of those great Huntsville trails, you might be wondering how to burn off all of those extra calories. Luckily for you, Northern Alabama is quite spectacular and offers many hiking opportunities. The most popular place to go hiking in Huntsville is probably Monte Sano State Park.
The park has over 20 miles of hiking trails, but it is best known for its Stone Cuts Trail. On this trail, you’ll find natural limestone that has been formed into walls and caves. It’s really fun to explore and you can get some awesome photos there.
The entrance fee to get into the park is $5 for adults. For children ages 4 to 11, the fee is $2. The park is pet-friendly, but pets must be on a leash at all times.
We want you to have fun while you’re exploring these trails, but we always want you to be safe as well. When you’re sipping on your craft beers or cocktails, make sure you have a designated driver or use a ride sharing app when you’re finished. Drinking and driving is a BIG no no!
While you’re hiking, make sure to have water, sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate shoes. We also recommend getting a paper map so you can more easily navigate the many trails in the park.
Final Thoughts On Huntsville Trails
No matter what you’re into, there is a Huntsville trail for you! They’re a fun way to support local businesses and get to know the soul of the city. Which trail looks best to you? We’d love to read your comments below. 🙂