The Big Cove Creek Greenway travels nearly 3 miles through eastern Huntsville, connecting the Hampton Cove and Cove Creek communities with the natural habitats surrounding Big Cove Creek. Trail-goers will enjoy views of the creek, forests, swamps and fields. The trail also runs adjacent to the Hampton Cove Elementary School, making the outdoors accessible to young students.
The trail ends at the Hays Nature Preserve, a sprawling city park offering miles of trails through swamps and wooded areas. To extend your journey through the park, hop on the Flint River Greenway
Mid-trail, travelers can also pick up the Little Cove Road Greenway
to go 5 miles northeast to the Flint River and the McMullen Cove community.
A parking lot and trailhead is available at Old Highway 431 and Wade Road. Additional parking can be found in the Hays Nature Preserve. You can also park in the lots at the Hampton Cove Center, a shopping complex at the corner of Highway 431 and Old Highway 431.
The Big Cove Greenway Trail is part of the Greenway trail system of the city of Huntsville. It is paved, relatively well maintained and very popular with the locals, especially when the weather is good. The trail has a nice mix of shade and open areas.