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Hampton Cove is a master-planned community located in Huntsville, Alabama. Situated in the foothills and valleys of North Alabama's Cumberland Plateau, the 2,800-acre (11 km2) community lies in the coves between Monte Sano Mountain and Green Mountain to the west and Keel Mountain to the east.
Hampton Cove has 2,000 homes in twenty different subdivisions ranging from patio homes and townhomes to family homes and multi-million dollar estates. The community has 28 stocked lakes, 3 golf courses, and 20 miles (32 km) of sidewalks and paths. Additionally, Hampton Cove is adjacent to the 538 acres (2.18 km2) Hays Nature Preserve and the Big Cove Creek Greenway.
Development of Hampton Cove began in 1992, in a partnership between brothers John and Jimmy Hays and nephew Jeff Enfinger. The partners purchased the acreage just over Monte Sano Mountain from several different landowners including Burritt and Whitaker to develop a golf course and subdivision in what was then open countryside between the city of Huntsville and the rural communities of Big Cove, Gurley and Owens Cross Roads.Additional land was purchased from Robert L. Sublett, a local farmer in the Big Cove Area. The addition of three Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail courses encouraged further development in the area. Much of the golf course is on the former Burritt property.
Formerly a rural community, the area was once known as Horse Cove, because local residents hid their horses there to prevent them being seized by the Union Army during the Civil War. The land was originally occupied by the Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes before becoming part of the Mississippi Territory in 1806. According to 'A History of Madison County and Incidentally of North Alabama 1732-1840' by Judge Thomas Jones Taylor, "The land in Big Cove was eagerly sought for and rapidly taken up and occupied by a class of settlers who were in intellect, enterprise and energy, the prize of any continent." Settlers were drawn to the area for its fertile soil and the natural beauty of the mountains and adjacent Flint River.
The land was annexed by the city of Huntsville in the early 1990s.Hampton Cove is not a separate city, all services are provided by Huntsville. The community shares the same zip code as Owens Cross Roads, Al, 35763, though it is in the city of Huntsville. Hampton Cove did not replace Big Cove.
Both Hampton Cove Elementary and Hampton Cove Middle School share a sprawling campus that provides kindergarten through 8th grade education. Hampton Cove students advance to Huntsville High School which sits 12 miles (19 km) away. All three schools fall within the Huntsville City Schools system. Private school options include the interdenominational Hampton Cove Christian Academy (PK-3).
Hampton Cove hosts one of ten stops on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Hampton Cove's 630-acre (2.5 km2), three-course, 54-hole facility is open year-round and includes a club house with a pro shop, meeting rooms, bar, and full-service restaurant.
Hampton Cove is also home to 28 stocked lakes, miles of walking and biking trails and horse riding paths, and a 100-acre (0.40 km2) city park with baseball and soccer fields. The adjacent Flint River, Hays Nature Preserve and Big Cove Greenway offer additional recreational opportunities.
In addition to the Huntsville radio, television and print media outlets, Hampton Cove maintains its own newsletter, The Heron. New to the Hampton Cove community is their website, which features local events, classifieds and more.
Hampton Cove consists of 20 neighborhoods:
- Acad For Science & Foreign Language
- Blossomwood Elementary School
- Challenger Elementary School
- Challenger Middle School
- Chapman Elementary School
- Columbia High School
- Comm Intensive Treatment Youth
- Ctr For Dev Learning
- Davis Hills Middle School
- East Clinton Elementary School
- Farley Elementary School
- Hampton Cove Elem
- Highlands Elementary School
- Huntsville Ctr For Tech
- Huntsville High School
- Huntsville Middle School
- Jo Johnson High School
- Jones Valley Elementary School
- Lakewood Elementary School
- Lee High School
- Louis J Morris Elementary School
- Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School
- McDonnell Elementary School
- Mental Health Ctr