Birdwatching

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Birdwatching

birdwatchingBirdwatching  – The northwest loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail boasts more than a dozen sites located primarily in the Shoals area.  Winding back and forth across three major sporting lakes along the Tennessee River, Wheeler, Wilson, Pickwick, these sites offer fantastic birding opportunities. Several sites are noted for their impressive congregations of winter birds – waterfowl, eagles, gulls – as well as a long list of rare or vagrant species to the state. Leighton Ponds, with its assemblage of flooded sinkholes, is one of Alabama’s best interior sites for shorebird migration.  The Natchez Trace Parkway with its wooded, scenic byway offers Barred Owls and Wild Turkey. Another site on the historic Trace, Rock Springs, is renowned for its concentration of fall migrating hummingbirds. These sites and more make for great birding in the Shoals area. (256) 383-0783.  www.northalabamabirdingtrail

Walking, Hiking, Biking Trails

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Walking, Hiking, Biking Trails

walkingbikinghikingWalking, Hiking, Biking Trails,  Several miles of hiking, walking, jogging and biking trails are available to the public on the TVA Reservation  located in Muscle Shoals and Sheffield. Nature and wildflower walks are scheduled on a regular basis. A six mile-bike trail through historic downtown Sheffield is accessible from N. Montgomery Avenue. Two trails travel north on Montgomery Avenue, through the historic district and Standpipe (overlook) and then alongside the water’s edge at Riverfront Park, looping back to the starting point.  Fifteen miles of hiking trails are maintained in Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, located just a few miles outside the city limits of Tuscumbia.  The Natchez Trace Parkway, a short distance to the west, is a designated bicycle route and boasts a bike-only campground at Colbert Ferry (mile marker 327) on the Trace.

For more information: (256) 383-0783

Days Inn

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Days Inn

(256) 383-3000

2701 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

www.daysinn.com

Days Inn offers 77 rooms with pool availability, high speed internet, complementary breakfast, and outdoor plug-ins for fishing boats.

 

America’s Best Value Inn & Suites

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America’s Best Value Inn & Suites

(256) 381-0236

2807 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

This fifty-two room hotel offers pet friendly rooms, a swimming pool, high speed internet, complementary breakfast, and outside plug-ins for fishing boats.

 

Wilson Dam – Rock Pile Camping

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Wilson Dam – Rock Pile Camping

(800) 882-5263

663 Rock Pile Rd., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 www.tva.gov/river/recreation/camping.htm#wilson

A self-service campground open mid-March through mid-Nov. 23 campsites. Rest rooms with heated showers and flush toilets, picnic tables and grills, boat ramps above and below the dam, lake and river fishing, hiking trail (10 miles), walking trail, natural area, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching, bicycling. Old First Quarters Small Wild Area, comprising 25 acres, was set aside to preserve natural and cultural features.

Colbert County Alloys Park/Campground

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Colbert County Alloys Park/Campground

(256) 383-0783

180 Alloys Park Lane, Muscle Shoals, Al 35661

Located on Wilson Lake, this new RV park/campground has RV, tent & primitive camping, electricity/water/sewage, dump station, bathhouse, boat ramp. Open year round.

Next Door Lake Home

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Next Door Lake Home

(256) 383-1904 or (256) 762-8740

378 Sycamore Drive, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 www.wiporwil.com/next-door.htm

Located on beautiful Wilson Lake and only 7 miles from two RTJ Golf Courses, Next Door is a spacious, comfortable home with breathtaking scenery and beautiful landscaping. It is perfect for executive housing, golfers, family reunions and vacationers. 4,000 square feet with three levels, private entrances. Two large, wraparound decks, boat houses with two boat slips and three piers, 100+ feet on the water. Available by the week or month.

“Rock of Ages Trail” Muscle Shoals

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“Rock of Ages Trail” Muscle Shoals

rockofagesTake a driving tour past 18 cherished churches of Colbert County. These church buildings are at least 100 years old with the congregations in most cases being even older. The architecture ranges from simple log, to primitive wooden, to rock and brick. Of varied denominations, a brochure presents these churches as the “Rock of Ages Trail.” (256) 383-0783 www.colbertcountytourism.org

 

P.J.’s

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P.J.’s

701 Davison Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 383-1438 Fri & Sat. only; 7 pm to 2 am

A place for the adults to relax and have a good time. P.J’s offers live music and  drinks.

Smitty’s Diner

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Smitty’s Diner

14294 County Line Rd, Muscle Shoals (256) 446-0696 Mon. –Thur. 5:00am to 8pm,  Fri & Sat. 5:00am to 9pm. Closed Sunday.

Local, family owned. Most well known for southern style breakfast. Full menu available.

O.K. Corral BBQ

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O.K. Corral BBQ

3106 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals (256) 383-1864. DRIVE – THRU ONLY Tues.– Sat. 10am to 7:30pm. Closed Sun. & Mon

Serving lunch and dinner, O.K. Corral BBQ, is conveniently easy drive through dining. Fast food feel with a homecooked touch.

Rick Lanning’s Barbecue

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Rick Lanning’s Barbecue

2405 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals (256) 383-2020 Mon. – Thurs. 10:30am to 9pm; Fri. & Sat. 10:30am to 9pm. Sunday. 11am to 4pm

One of the most well known bbq restaurants in the area, Rick’s offers a full menu as well as a kid’s menu. Everything from traditional bbq plates to smoked chicken, and bbq potatoes. Something that everyone can enjoy.

Brooks Bar-B-Cue

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Brooks Bar-B-Cue

203 Union Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 381-1491 Mon. – Sat. 10am to 8pm; Sun. 11am to 6pm

Hickory smoked bbq, chicken, and ribs with all the traditional fixins’. All homemade in house.

Southern BBQ

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Southern BBQ

1686 Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals (256) 389-9155 Mon. – Sat. 10 am to 7pm. Closed Sunday.

Traditional southern style barbeque. Also offers hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Great place for the whole family.

Southern BBQ

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Southern BBQ

425 West Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals (256) 381-3517 Mon. – Sat. 10am to 7 pm. Closed Sunday.

Traditional southern style barbeque. Also offers hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. Great place for the whole family.

Osaka Harvest Buffett

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Osaka Harvest Buffett

604 Michigan Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 383-3328 Sun. – Thurs. 11am to 10pm; Fri & Sat. 11am to 10:30pm

Buffet style dining with American and Asian infulences. Something for the whole family to enjoy.

China Gourmet

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China Gourmet

500 W. Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 383-4325  Open seven days a week 11am to 9pm

Chinese food with a lunch and dinner buffet, menu also available. Something for everyone.

Table 18 at Cypress Lakes Country Club

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Table 18 at Cypress Lakes Country Club

1311 East 6th Street, Muscle Shoals (256) 389-0466  Tues. – Fri., 11 am to 2 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 2 pm

Bistro-style dining with daily lunch specials. Refined southern cuisine with a twist.