Madison Greenway and Trails

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Madison Greenway & Trails, Inc (MG&T): Volunteer-based, non-profit citizen’s group that was incorporated in January 2003 to support the implementation and maintenance of the Madison Greenway and Trails Master Plan. Our mission is to facilitate the implementation of a network of hiking and biking trails, natural areas, wildlife, wetlands, scenic views, and historic areas.

We play a critical role in providing technical assistance to the City, scouting proposed routes, talking to adjacent landowners, and assisting with signage, maintenance, monitoring, and future upkeep of the Bradford Creek Greenway.
MG&T maintains close ties with the Land Trust of Huntsville & North Alabama, Madison’s Beautification Board, and Boy Scout Troops.

Our public meeting date is the fourth Thursday of each Month at Dublin Recreation Center, 5:45 pm. For more information about MG&T go to .

Bradford Creek Greenway:
Phase 1 construction has begun with estimated completion date of January 2012. This portion of the greenway will follow Bradford Creek from Palmer Park to Heritage Elementary School.

Phase 2 (Palmer Park south to Westchester Road) is about 1.7miles, will be constructed by Madison City’s Public Works department. The project is currently in the design phase.


  • Path will be 12-foot wide paved.
  • Formal trail heads with parking will be at Palmer Park and next to Heritage Elementary.
  • Most of the path follows an already cleared sewer line path, through mostly wooded areas along Bradford Creek which is on the East side of County Line Road.
  • Some bridges will be needed to cross the creek.
  • Neighborhood accessibility to the Greenway has not yet been established but will be discussed with the community to provide access for their residents.

Mill Creek Greenway is a half-mile path located between Mill and Browns Ferry roads. The path winds its way along Mill Creek. Parking lots exist along Mill Road and Browns Ferry Road. Future plans include extending the greenway north along Fox Field subdivision with connections to areas to the north and east. Benches are now installed along the greenway, and other amenities (Dog Poly Stations, picnic tables, etc) will be placed soon. The City will be building a dog park near the greenway.

Rainbow Mountain Trails The five trails nestled atop Rainbow Mountain on City property are Madison’s hidden treasure! Natural, walking trail only, no bikes. The trails are steep in several places. Gravel parking lot is maintained by the Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama. MG&T offers periodic hikes and work parties on the trail.
Palmer Park Walking Path A natural, walking path around the edge of Palmer Park is planned and will be denoted with signage. This is a Boy Scout project for an Eagle badge.
Sidewalks, neighborhood connectivity, and greenspace
MG&T promotes the above. MG&T is working for connectors between schools and neighborhoods and other places.

Betts Springs land: No word yet on how the property will be used. (located between Balch Rd & Wall-Triana)

YMCA: we understand that they are planning some natural trails near the pond.

What can citizens do to help?
Attend MG&T meetings to find out the latest activities.
See activity list for a list of volunteer opportunities.

· Updated on Tuesday October 5, 2010 ·