Huntsville South has its' own bit of unique history. Perhaps humorous to some, this area located in the southernmost corner of Huntsville became part of the city all for the love of a cow. Lily Flagg was no ordinary bovine. She was a Jersey cow owned by W.E Matthews and General Samuel H. Moore of Huntsville. In 1892, she was named the top butter producer in the world. The celebrations and public appearances that followed cemented her place in Huntsville's history. This area was named Lily Flagg before 1906 and later annexed into the city.
Shopping and Dining
Huntsville South offers its' residents a multitude of choices for dining experiences. Everything from southern pork barbecue at Gibson's Barbecue to international choices such as Surin of Thailand and Cafe Berlin can be found, as well as, American favorites like Ruby Tuesdays and Chili's.
There are several upscale strip malls including Valley Bend at Jones Farm that offer multiple shopping options such as Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Marshall's all in a clean, family friendly community. There are also several boutiques and businesses that cater to the tastes and needs of its' patrons and Parkway Place Mall.
Parks and Recreation
Lying at the base of Green Mountain and Monte Sano, Huntsville South offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. There is Valley Hill Country Club and Golf Course in addition to its' many neighborhood parks and pools. Furthermore, there are miles of Greenways and additional bike trails to enjoy throughout the area. The Nature Trail on Green Mountain offers a chance to view the local wildlife up close in its' natural habitat. Hike around the lake and take in the beautiful foliage and wild flowers, which are easily identified by their labels. There is a covered bridge, chapel, pavilion, and large picnic area to enjoy, as well.
Huntsville South is conveniently located to Ditto Landing on the Tennessee River. There is a pavilion, campgrounds and picnic areas in addition to facilities to store and launch recreational watercraft.
Huntsville South had, at one time, consisted mostly of farmland and cotton fields. With its' close proximity to Redstone Arsenal and the influx of growth that came with the success of Marshall Space Flight Center this area began to boom. Pockets of neighborhoods began to spring up as landowners sold off their properties. Ranch style and split level homes are in abundance, as well as, newer custom built homes.
This area also houses what is known as the Medical District. A collection of neighborhoods prized for their close proximity to Huntsville Hospital and surrounding medical facilities, as well as, shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Medical District consists mainly of charming mid-century bungalows, mill houses and row houses.
There is one notably unique property that stands out in Huntsville South. Jones Farm, located in Jones Valley, is a family owned working cattle farm. Acquired by Carl Jones in 1939, this property has remained with the Jones family and is a picturesque reminder of Huntsville's not so distant farming past.
A new community that is unique to the area is currently being developed in Jones Valley called Lendon of Huntsville. It is a traditional neighborhood reminiscent of the days of yesteryear with walking access to Jones Valley shopping center. Another development underway in South Huntsville is located atop Green Mountain of Huntsville called Oak Bluff. Green Mountain can best be described as a nature lover's paradise with country lifestyle with the amenities of city living. One of the best parks in all of Madison County is located here too, Madison County Nature Trail.
There are several Elementary and Huntsville, Whitesburg, Mountain Gap, and Challenger Middle schools that support this area, as well as, Grissom High School and Huntsville High School. These schools are all part of the Huntsville City School System.