|The Hays Nature Preserve and the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary together form Huntsville's largest and most undeveloped parklands. Over 10 miles of trails wind through bottomlands, swamps, and sloughs, suitable for hiking or mountain biking. Horses are also welcome on the northern trails. Explore the hardwood forest, walk the fields, and discover the wetlands. Wildlife abounds with deer, rabbits, raccoons, and resident and migratory birds. In fact, this natural area is an important part of the North Alabama Birding Trail. Hays Nature Preserve is a very inspiring protected green space where you can relax or enjoy many activities including: fishing, picnicking, leisurely hikes taking in the sights and sounds or a vigorous run on the trails.