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How to get there:
DIRECTIONS: From Huntsville: West on Hwy. 72 (University); left onto Hughes Road; left onto Lynbrook Blvd; left onto Concord; right onto Stoneway Trail up mountain; right at T intersection
to water tower at mountain top. Info kiosk in parking lot.
Rainbow Mountain is in Madison, so coming from Decatur, take 565 to exit 8-Wall-Triana. Take a left and head north to Browns Ferry Road. Take a right and the next big intersection is Hughes. Take a left, heading north again and Bob Jones will be on your left, then Discovery Middle School. Lynbrook Blvd is on the right. Follow above directions.
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What to expect:
2 mile loop trail with other trails crisscrossing the middle of the loop. Lots of big rocks and windy paths, huge trees and a nice trail. The trail is not stroller-friendly and there are some deep crags that an adult or older child can step right across, but a little one will need extra help and a watchful pair of eyes on this trail.
There is a small playground just downhill from the water tower parking area.
There are no restrooms, no picnic area, the trail is dirt and rock, the parking area is gravel and the hike has an elevation change of 400 feet over 2 miles.
JAN 2006 UPDATE:
The trail once crossed private property for a stretch, that access has been blocked and now you must walk straight up or downhill through brush and around rocks for a few minutes to get access to the other leg of the loop trail. This would be very hard going for a smaller child. I imagine there will be a good trail worn in before too long, but for now, to make it easier, start from the parking lot (by the wtaer tower) and go along the top of the mountain so that when you get to this spot, you will be going downhill and not fighting to get uphill through the brush.
Trail to the playground from the parking area.
Spur that runs parallel to the Loop Trail below the cliff on the side nearest the water tower.
Lots of 'peek holes' in the rocks along the trail.
The Wild Trail cuts across the loop trail.
The wild trail
Another shot along the loop trail