650 ft
Distance
45 ft
Climb
-59 ft
Descent
00:01:17
Avg time

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    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • AKA
    Chestnut Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #63529 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • OSM Way

The Alabama State Parks Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources paid tribute to a fallen World War II sailor lost at sea almost 75 years ago, renaming a hiking and biking trail the William Arthur Wells Trail at Monte Sano State Park on Saturday, April 14. Electrician’s Mate Wells’ brother, Robert Wells, donated approximately 40 acres of land – that included a portion of the trail – to the park in honor of his late brother.

William Arthur Wells was just 21 years old when he became one of 253 American sailors who died aboard the destroyer USS Hoel when the ship sank in the Battle of the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines in 1944. Robert Wells, now 81 years old, was the youngest of six brothers from the Huntsville area who all served in the military.

Known to his family as Arthur, Wells worked with the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps at Monte Sano before his service in the Navy. His name is engraved in the CCC Memorial Stone near the 1.5-mile trail now designated in his honor.

“It is with tremendous humility and respect that we honor Mr. Wells’ sacrifice for his nation in World War II,” said Greg Lein, Director of the Alabama State Parks Division. “Robert Wells wanted his property to be used by visitors who love our parks so much and we are privileged to rename this trail that crosses the property as the William Arthur Wells Trail.”

Robert Wells attended the ceremony Saturday with his older brother, Charles, and their families, along with Wells’ land-owner partner Chuck Sisco. Another partner who shared ownership of the donated property, Ricky Underwood, was unable to attend.

“We really appreciate the State Parks Division naming this trail to honor my brother,” Wells said. “When we talked about donating the land, they asked if there was anything they could do for us and I thought it would be nice to remember Arthur this way.”

Formerly called the Chestnut Trail, the William Arthur Wells Trail is rated easy to moderate, according to Monte Sano State Park Manager Brian Moore.

“We were happy that Mr. Wells wanted his property to become part of Monte Sano State Park,” Moore said. “We have almost 31 miles of trails here and to have this one named in honor of a serviceman who gave his life for our country certainly makes us even more proud of the work everyone does to ensure our visitors enjoy this part of our park.”

More Stats for William Arthur Wells CCC Memorial Trail (Chestnut Trail) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -14 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,262 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,321 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,321 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,307 ft
  • Grade
    -2.219%
  • Grade max
    -21.927%
  • Grade min
    18.976%
  • Distance climb
    269 ft
  • Distance down
    337 ft
  • Distance flat
    44 ft
  • Avg time
    00:01:17
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:11
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      William Arthur... Trail Reports

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      Jun 19, 2019 @ 6:40am
      20 hours
      reporter rain and more coming, please don't use wet trails 48 hrs after last rain
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 8:20pm
      Jun 15, 2019
      reporter dried out...hooray!
      Jun 6, 2019 @ 8:59am
      Jun 6, 2019
      reporter rain, please don't ride wet trails 48hrs after last rain
      May 25, 2019 @ 3:41pm
      May 25, 2019
      BIG tree down
      May 25, 2019 @ 1:00pm
      May 25, 2019
      reporter
      Removed the smaller tree on Wells/Goat just before Three benches. The big tree is still on Wells apex.
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