Craving sunshine and fresh air? Love the taste of juicy, ripe fruit? Or are you just looking for a cool spot to visit? Look no farther! Welcome to the Step Out Agriventure Trail! The Trail will take you to the freshest fruits and vegetables Morgan County Alabama has to offer. The Trail is all about connecting you with local foods, local growers and makers, and local adventures. Every spot on this trail is either locally owned or operated.

The Trail is a year round shopping and outdoor fun experience for all ages. Guests can leave their busy schedule and enjoy shopping at their own pace from products produced in Morgan County Alabama – drinking tea, farm raised beef, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, a variety of farm raised vegetables, homemade pies, jams and jellies, ice cream, meals, sandwiches and more. Guests who prefer gluten free, sugar free, ketogenic and diabetic friendly baked goods will also find selections on the Trail.

Guests will also enjoy making memories in a broad range of outdoor fun activities around the County – bird watching, canoeing, riding zip lines, tackling an obstacle course, running or driving through the countryside.

The Trail features over 10 businesses across Morgan County Alabama convenient to travelers from Decatur, Alabama and Huntsville, Alabama and travelers in North Alabama along Interstate 65, US Highway 231 and Alabama State Highway 157.

Download and Print PDF Map at the Link Below

 

Morgan County Step Out Trail Map

DETOUR NOTICE: Traffic going Easts on I-65 at Exit 328:The Highway 36 detour does NOT obstruct the route to Reeves’ Peach Farm. It is 1 mile from I-65 and you can freely go to and from the farm straight from interstate 65 at Exit 328. Traffic going West on Highway 36 from HWY 231: The Highway 36 detour does NOT obstruct the route to Graves Grocery or Pendley Farms. Both locations are located before the detour and you can freely go to and from both venues straight from HWY 231.

Kick Off Week Schedule

Friday, April 23, 2021 – Ribbon Cutting @ Celebration arena at 10:30 AM

Monday, April 26, 2021 – Reeves Peach Farm @ 2:00 PM

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – Dutch Oven Bakery all-day sales event ($1 off All Bread and Cookies)

Thursday, April 29, 2021 – Graves Grocery- Events All Day (Detailed event schedule on Facebook and website) BJR Summerfords- 12:00 PM

Friday, April 30, 2021 – GoFAR USA Park from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 8, 2021 – Piper and Leaf Tea Co. 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Detailed event schedule on Facebook and website) Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge at 8:00 AM

Did Somebody Say, Scavenger Hunt?

Join Morgan and A.G. as you search for hidden treasures in a county-wide scavenger hunt along the Trail. Pick up a scavenger hunt passport at one of the 5 participating vendors listed on the downloadable Trail map on this page to learn about the Scavenger Hunt rules, clues, and locations. Keep track of your progress with a special passport and present it at the end to get a special prize!

Beef4U at BJR Summerford Farm

How does a quality sizzling steak from locally grown beef on a hot grill sound about now? That steak will probably taste even better when you realize the high level of care and attention given to produce the beef at BJR Summerford Farms/Beef4U.

Care and attention are as natural at BJR Summerford Farms/Beef4U as their beef. The family’s long history of serving others has developed a natural care and attention to their farming operations. They are committed to using a safe food supply, raising hormone-free cattle, and maintaining humane treatment of their livestock.

Precise breed selection, carefully tailored food supply, daily farm management, accurate meat prices are hallmarks of the BJR Summerford/Beef4U cattle operation. Great taste, healthy beef products, and customer satisfaction are the results.

Champion Farms

Champion Farms is a small, family-owned farm that grows strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, and other fresh fruits and vegetables. The Champions also provide an assortment of homemade jams and jellies made from fruits grown right out of their backyard. They even offer a U Pick strawberry patch during the summer—a favorite of the operators’ grandchildren. It’s because of these little hands that Champion strives so hard to raise produce ready to eat straight off the plant. They don’t use any harmful chemicals on their crops, and they even irrigate their fields with well water from their own property. These elements of family and the mountain combined mean that their tomatoes, strawberries, and peaches are the most wholesome you’ll ever get. Come rove the mountain rills and soak up the sunshine and fresh air, and take a piece of the hearty mountain home with you when you visit Champion Farms.

DSR Farms

When it comes to authentic local food vendors, DSR is about as authentic as it gets! DSR Farms is a local meat provider in Danville, Alabama. They offer specialty and high-class cuts of pasture-raised, non-GMO meat, eggs, and the occasional jam—and for a reasonable price to boot! They process their own meat as well, meaning that they strive to provide the kind of butchery they would serve at their own tables. The vending station is immediately off the side of one of the farmer’s homes and is small enough that when you enter, you can feel the chill of the freezer that ensures the freshness of your meat. This setup, though in opposition to what we have come to think of as the grocery shopping experience, is unaffected, and allows the chance to really get to know from whom and where your food comes. Drop by to take a steak and shake a hand!

Dutch Oven Bakery

When you pull up to the Dutch Oven Bakery, you might think they are just another “mom and pop” grocery store. But, as soon as you walk through the doors and see the variety of goods they offer and experience their pleasant greeting and service, you are sure to be impressed.

Their commitment to quality products and services is evident in their freshly baked goods, ready-to-eat hand-made sandwiches, and diverse grocery selection. As a fixture in the community, the Dutch Oven Bakery built its reputation on humble service, strong morals, and equally strong work ethics.

Dutch Oven Bakery is the ideal stop for lunch. Their mouth-watering sandwiches and wide deli selection will surely prompt the casual guest to start planning the next trip. In addition, the fudge, cookies, and other delectable sweets will certainly bring a smile to the most finicky tastes. Their homemade goods include a wide range of pies including chocolate fudge, pumpkin, and coconut cream! These pies are made from scratch and have “made with love” written all over them!

Fagerman Farm

The Fagermans are a local Somerville family making a name for themselves as growers of premium sheep and lamb products. The Fagermans are the first sheep farm in the United States to raise the premium sheep breed Australian Whites. The wide range of cuts the Fagermans sell is marbled like Wagyu beef and have a rich, bold flavor that simply melts in your mouth. The Fagermans also do a bit of local dabbling in horticulture. Around the middle of summer, the Fagermans open their backyards as a pick-your-own blueberry field. The field’s unassuming and relaxed rural atmosphere is inviting and will make you feel right at home. If you glean your berries from the wholesome bushes of local growers like the Fagermans, you are sure to find plump ripe berries ready to enjoy. Pair your handpicked berries with the Fagermans’delectable lamb cuts and you will have an evening to remember. Want to learn how to become a sheep farmer? Make an appointment and learn about Australian Whites

Fathead Fanny

Fathead Fanny is one of the smaller spots on this trail, but the services and goods they offer really standout. Fathead Fanny is a gluten-free, sugar-free, ketogenic, and diabetic-friendly bakery and coffee shop. This cozy shop offers a wide range of delicious biscuits, rolls, desserts, and coffee blends that you can consume with a guiltless conscience. Their bread is springy, moist, and flavorful, and will satisfy any bread lover looking for a healthier alternative. Their secret to making these yummy and healthy treats is substituting regular flour and sugar with almond or coconut flour and natural sweeteners. Everything they sell is made in-store, and they even use locally sourced ingredients where they can. Their kitchen setup even allows them to offer cold and warm brew coffees that they roast, grind, and blend themselves. Dieters and non-dieters of all creeds are welcome to stop by and give them a sip!

GoFar USA Park

GoFAR USA Park is an outdoor adventure park nestled in a forest just outside Decatur, Alabama. This 60-acre park offers a variety of activities for people of all ages and physical capabilities. The park staff will assist with the ziplines, 24’ climbing wall, and petting zoo. GoFAR USA Park also offers trails for hiking, running, or biking and various obstacle courses for those seeking fitness in the great outdoors. For the even more adventurous type, electric scooters or electric trail boards can be rented for a guided ride on one of the trails. Some of the other attractions are a paintball shooting range, natural playscape, and a 4-ton sandbox. Visit the park and you will find plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy!

Graves Grocery

Graves Grocery is a small, family-run community restaurant and grocery store that is keeping the “mom and pop shop” tradition alive. Graves offers its community and shoppers a small selection of local produce (including honey!) and offers homemade dine-in or out options for breakfast and lunch. Graves also promotes the value of community by offering knitting classes and hosting music nights every Wednesday and Thursday. Stop by this sunny little spot just off Highway 36 to boost your mood and give your mind rest at Lacey’s Spring’s “Community Rest Stop.”

Hartselle Farmer’s Market

The Hartselle Farmer’s Market is a cozy market that embodies the true nature of local agriculture. Whether one is looking for fruits, veggies, or homemade goods the Hartselle Farmers Market has it all! The market is a great way to connect with local growers and makers and learn a little about our agricultural heritage.  Anyone who visits the market will find themselves among people who treat you like family.  The Market is located in a recently upgraded facility just a short, easy walk from the downtown shopping district.  There is also plenty of parking close to the Market facility.  Enjoy a day of downtown shopping and browsing through the Market.

Manna House Hydroponic Garden

At Manna House’s “Fields of Green,” they literally have growing quality produce down to a science. The Manna House Hydroponic Gardens is an innovative indoor garden that produces 15,000 quality lettuce stalks per week. They distribute their crop to local businesses and even set aside a portion of their crop to give back to the community.

The hydroponic garden itself is a 15,000 square foot, fully indoor garden that grows lettuce plants using a hydroponic system: an automated growing system that uses nutrient-rich water instead of soil to grow plants anywhere. You will love roving the sci-fi-like gardens and learning all about the futuristic pipes, wires, and gizmos that make indoor plant life possible. You can even get in on the action by volunteering a day at the gardens—it’ll really make you feel like a genuine space pioneer!

Schedule a tour today and see for yourself this fascinating and scientific process, and support Manna Houses’ mission to feed our communities.

Morgan County Decatur Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s markets tend to remind people of times before supermarkets and the chaotic hustle and bustle of modern life. This market is the real deal and is one of the oldest in the state. The Morgan County Decatur Farmer’s Market was established in 1937 and is one of the few farmer’s markets that is open 6 days a week during the season. The Market hosts a variety of summer events like the Strawberry Festival and Tomato Sandwich Day. In the fall, they host a Jack-o-lantern contest. If you are looking for a place to connect with local growers and makers the Morgan County Decatur Farmer’s Market is the ideal destination!

Pendley Blueberry Farm

Pendley Blueberry Farm is an excellent source of fresh blueberries ready for your picking founded upon close attention to detail. Mr. Pendley’s attention to detail is due in part to his work with top engineers at NASA. The details include an understanding of soil composition, selection of reputable plant suppliers, adherence to proper fertilization and watering, and many other crucial details.

Located near Huntsville, Alabama, the Farm offers a comfortable get-a-way experience for those looking to leave the hustle and bustle and enjoy a day in the country.

Mr. Pendley believes in passing on his growing experience and knowledge to others through an offering of one on one and group education.

Mr. Pendley’s passion for the outdoors is evident in his hospitality. He welcomes small groups to enjoy the quiet and outdoors at his meeting venue including retreat events and conferences at his farm. Enjoy tasting a bit of nature and relaxing in the comfortable outdoors at Pendley’s blueberry farm.

Piper & Leaf Tea Company

The Piper & Leaf Tea Co. is a family-owned and operated artisanal tea blender and brewery. Cooperating with community farms and growers, Piper & Leaf uses only the freshest and ripest local ingredients to brew, as they put it, “the unique taste of Alabama” into every jar they sell. At their headquarter location in Lacey’s Spring, you can see how the tea company prepares their signature flavors by walking through their distribution and preparation warehouse. This location also allows Piper & Leaf to offer a full menu, support the work of local artists, and even showcase local musicians on the wrap-around porch that embraces the main store. You can also explore the lovely surrounding wood by following one of the hiking trails

Reeves Peach Farm

Reeves is a wonderful, small, family produce farm and market located just off Highway 36. The produce market sits atop a hill, overlooking the rich green peach orchards that have been cared for by the Reeves family for four generations. Reeves has the sweetest, most delectable peaches in Morgan county, and offers all sorts of hearty vegetables and tender fruits. You can even harvest your own strawberries in the spring, or simply enjoy the seasonal, hand-picked produce and friendly service available year-round in the market.

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a 35,000-acre span of nationally protected woodlands and wetlands. The refuge follows along the Tennessee River and is just one of the man that exists as a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Wheeler offers all the refreshing and revitalizing outdoor activities you would hope for: hiking trails, boardwalks, and access points for water activities like boating, fishing, and kayaking, along with other natural attractions. What makes the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge special though is that it is a fantastic spot for birdwatching, especially during the winter months. You can see graceful native and migratory bird species, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Whooping Crane—an endangered crane species named for its horn-like “whoop.” Come hear the “whoop” for yourself as you enjoy the purest and safest way to appreciate the Alabama wild.

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Filters

Selected Places

Thank You

Partners

Rural Morgan County Industrial Development Board – Trail Host and Developer
Decatur Morgan County Tourism
Morgan County Commission

Sponsors

Morgan County Celebration Arena
Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
Morgan County Farmers Federation
Manna House Hydroponic Gardens
Remax of Decatur/Priceville

Credits

“Thank you to our excellent team who contributed their talents to the Trail development.”