As the autumn colors paint the town with vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, it's the perfect time to embrace your inner child and enjoy the simple pleasures of playing in fallen leaves. 

Dust off your boots and head out to frolic in the leaves this Fall!

Green Mountain Nature Preserve Kids

Image By: Zenovia Stephens - Green Mountain Nature Trail 

1. Green Mountain Nature Trail 

Nestled in a serene location, the Green Mountain Nature Trail is a 72-acre preserve that offers a peaceful retreat to anyone looking. As Fall sets in, the landscape transforms into a beautiful canvas of vibrant colors sweeping through the forest, creating one of the most photographable local Autumn scenes. While the trail is a perfect place to immerse yourself in a hike, finding a pile of leaves to play in is not to be missed this time of year. After your frolicking session, grab a seat on one of the many benches or swings and enjoy a picnic while taking in the scenery. 

Green Mountain Nature Trail 

13800 S Shawdee Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 


US Space and Rocket Center Hiking Mountain Biking Trails

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Trail 

2. The Trails at Space & Rocket Center

What's more fun than combining the wonders of science and nature? The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is already a wonderful place of knowledge and innovation, but during the Fall, its trails come alive with the colors of the season. The trails meander through the serene woods around the center, offering visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, space-age inspiration, and many opportunities to be one with the fallen leaves. 

Finding the trails is part of the fun, as they aren't apparent to the unexpecting eye. To locate these trails, head towards the Marriot and continue past the RV park, heading towards the aviation challenge.

The Trails at Space & Rocket Center 

1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805.
Trail access is behind the Space and Rocket Center, beyond the campgrounds and Drone Testing Facility.


Fall  Hays Nature Preserve & Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Hays Nature Preserve 

3. Hays Nature Preserve 

Hays Nature Preserve is a local favorite for many reasons. Located along the Flint River, it offers an idyllic setting for family picnics, birdwatching, and peaceful walks amidst the changing leaves. The diverse trails here range from wooded forests to paved greenways, ensuring every visit feels fresh and exciting. With so much space to explore, there always seems to be a nice supply of leaves to enjoy. Fall transforms this spot into a scene of pure enchantment, making it one of the best places to immerse yourself in the Autumnal magic.

Hays Nature Preserve 

7161 US-431, Owens Cross Roads, AL

Burritt on the Mountain kids hike

Image By: Zenovia Stephens - Burritt on the Mountain 

4. Burritt on the Mountain

We can't leave Monte Sano off this list! The state park is always an excellent leaf-pepping and playing option, but we want to highlight Burritt on the Mountain. It's not just a living history museum; it's a world of magnificent city views and an excellent location to frolic in the leaves. Our favorite place for leaf play at Burritt is on the trail near the iconic Cross. 

Burritt on the Mountain 

3101 Burritt Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 


Blevins Gap Leaves with Kids

Image By: Zenovia Stephens - Blevins Gap North 

5. Blevins Gap North

Located on the southern outskirts of Huntsville, Blevins Gap North isn't just another nature preserve; it's a leaf lover's paradise where the magic of Fall comes alive in every rustling leaf. The preserve offers several tree-covered trails that welcome visitors with an array of fall colors upon entering. You won't have to travel far to find Autumn joy, as the abundance of leaves pulls you in to soak up the season's charm. 

Blevins Gap North 

2275 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE, Huntsville, AL