Birdwatching – 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.com
Walking, 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.
5101 Hwy. 43 S, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Coldwater Inn & Suites holds the title of being Tuscumbia’s most unique hotel. Locally owned and operated the Inn boasts sweeping mahogany staircases and vast amenities for their guests. Amenities included are an exercise room, swimming pool, suites, wireless high speed internet, complementary hot breakfast, and out side plug-ins for fishing boats. Visit the only “boutique” style hotel in Tuscumbia.
1852 U.S. Hwy. 72 E, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Microtel Inn & Suites is a “green” hotel that offers just about anything that you need in a hotel. Amenities included are pet friendly, exercise room, pool, suites, high speed internet, complementary hot breakfast, meeting rooms, and outside plugs for fishing boats.
Hawk Pride Mountain Off-Road Park, 144 Mountain Side Road, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. This privately owned park offers a wide variety of offroading spread over 1,000 acres. Over 40 trails to accommodate everyone from the most sophisticated rock crawlers to simple 4X4s and ATV’s. A mud bog, food vendors, merchandise, wheelchair accessible shower house and restrooms, camping pads for RVs and primitive camping are available. Park is open the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month with spectator and special events posted on website. (256) 577-1034) www.HawkPrideMountainOffroad.com
5101 Hwy. 43 S, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 www.choicehotels.com/hotel/al296
Comfort Inn & Suites of Tuscumbia is an establishment that offers exercise facilities, pool, high speed internet, complememtary hot breakfast, meeting rooms, and outside plugs for fishing boats.
Seven Springs Lodge, 1532 Mt. Mills Road, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. This facility offers horseback-trail-riding (bring your own horse and tack or rent from facility). Organized equestrian group trail rides held throughout the 3,500 acres of meadow and woodland, dotted with waterfalls and caves. Shiny, silver grain silos, outfitted as bunkhouses, along with campsites and horse stalls, make this site a popular overnight destination or weekend retreat. Open year round. Rattlesnake Saloon, situated within a Native American bluff shelter, provides lunch and dinner with evening entertainment – Th, F, Sa. (256) 370-7218 www.SevenSpringLodge.net
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, 251 Loop Road, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. A 700-acre, privately owned, scenic, natural area in the Little Mountain region of southern Colbert County. The preserve is organized around a complex of small canyons with rugged topography, including a number of waterfalls, boulder fields and Native American rock shelters. Open year-round to the public for hiking and other outdoor recreational activities. There are more than 15 miles of maintained hiking trails that lead the hiker to scenic canyon overlooks, rich wildflowers areas, creek cascades and other attractions. The purpose of the preserve is to protect this unique and biologically diverse natural area for educational activities, ongoing scientific study and public recreational use. Hours: Daylight, year round. Maps available on site. Free. (256) 381-6301. See us on Facebook
(256) 383-2363 or toll free (866) 930-7275
18260 U.S. Hwy 72 W., Tuscumbia, AL 35674 www.TuscumbiaRvPark.com
A unique and scenic park with 24 quiet, shady RV spots located about seven miles west of Tuscumbia. Full hookups, providing electric, water, sewage, wi-fi, free laundry and shower building. Open year round.
(256) 360-2393 /9270 Riverton Rose Trail, Cherokee, AL 35616 www.rtrvllc.com
Located across from the Colbert Boat Ramp on Bear Creek/ Tennesssee River, can accommodate 14 large RVs with full hookups (30 to 50 amp) with WiFi hot spot. Great hunting and fishing, we are Wildlife Management Area check-in station. Deli with food to order and carry general merchandise – propane exchange, fishing/ hunting supplies, beer and bait. Locked boat storage available.
1770 Neil Morris “Road (off U.S. Hwy 72), Tuscumbia, AL 35674 www.heritageacresrvpark.com
65 RV campsites with full hookups, coin laundry, bath house, free cable TV, free wireless internet service. Daily, weekly & monthly rates. Some pull-through sites. Big rigs & pets welcome. Open year round.
(256) 381-5907 or (256) 762-3510
595 Pride Estates Road, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 www.riversidecottage1.com
This bed and breakfast cottage is a retreat located on Pickwick Lake in Pride Estates. Breathtaking, river bluff view. King sized bed, full kitchen, bath and laundry facilities. Living room with day bed, two sofas offer additional sleeping accommodations. Breakfast food provided for your personal preparation and convenience. Swimming pool, pool house, spa tub, large fountain. Perfect for weddings, receptions, showers, anniversary parties.
(256) 446-9324 /1991 LaGrange College Rd., Leighton, AL 35646 www.recall.lagrange.00me
Located at historic LaGrange College Site Park, this rustic, two bedroom, one bath, log cabin B & B is situated on a 400’ mountaintop, overlooking the Tenneesee Valley and the Muscle Shoals area of NW Alabama. Pioneer village on site, great walking and picnicking area.