Horse pens 40 is a historic outdoor nature park, a natural wonderland of unique rock formations nestled atop Chandler Mountain in the foothills of the Appalachians. Horse Pens 40 features a ring of rocks, known as “pens,” which early settlers used to corral their horses. Located on top of the third highest mountain in Alabama at 1500' above sea level, it is blessed with a moderate climate that allows everyone to enjoy it's beauty year-round. The stone formations here are said to be among the oldest naturally exposed stones in the world, dating from 600 million to 1.3 billion years old.There are over 60 rare, threatened, protected, or endangered species in the park, Horse Pens 40 features a museum with Native American and Civil War exhibits, six miles of hiking trails and a campground. Approximately 10 miles west of Gadsden, the park is set in a verdant forest among scenic rock outcroppings
our goal is to protect all native species here as if they are an endangered species.