Monte Sano State Park is a publicly owned recreation area and mountaintop retreat encompassing 2,140 acres on the eastern portion of the top and slopes of Monte Sano Mountain on the east side of Huntsville, Alabama.
Devil’s Racetrack runs 1.6 miles from the Land Trust Parking on Spragins Hollow Road to a large group of limestone boulders known as the Devil’s Racetrack. This natural open area offers a great view of the hills north of Huntsville.
From start to finish, the trail ascends only 200 feet with the most aggressive climb from 0.6 to 1.10 miles on the trail. This is where you reach the Devil’s Racetrack, a short loop that runs around large grouping of limestone rocks. The loop is just less than 0.5 miles long and puts you back to the trail.
Wade Mountain Nature Preserve is currently 843 acres with eight miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Wade Mountain is currently the only Land Trust Preserve which allows equestrian trail riding.
Folklore claims the Cherokee Indians raced horses atop the mountain.
Please note that bikes should stick to trail sections marked with red blazes (aka The Red Trail). Fines are available from any park ranger for being caught on any other trail with a bike (whether you are riding or not!)