Monte Sano State Park is built on the eastern slopes and top of Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville, Alabama. The park was built in part by the Civilian Conservation Corps and opened in August, 1938.
Monte Sano is a Spanish term meaning Mountain of Health.
The park offers lodging in rustic cabins, camping, picnicking, and many hiking and biking trails.
I was there last week with a few of my favorite people for a writing retreat.
It was dark when we finished and started home. I was amazed at the lack of light pollution, with a busy city humming right over the mountain top. It was dark enough to see innumerable stars and easy to imagine that we were the only people for miles around.
They are open from 7:00 AM until sundown for day use.
We are planning to spend the day there this fall after the leaves change.