They called it Muscle Shoals. Earliest history noted the thunderous stretch of shallow rapids where the Tennessee River flowed through the hills and valleys of northwest Alabama. Mussels were found in abundance among the river rocks and American Indians used “much muscle” to power their canoes through the swift waters. They called the place “Muscle Shoals.”

Today the treacherous waters have been stilled and the area is home to four towns as diverse in character as the attractions and amenities they offer.  Come visit Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Florence, collectively called “The Shoals.”
Colbert County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Birdwatching – Muscle Shoals, AL

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 […]

Days Inn – Muscle Shoals, AL

(256) 383-3000 2701 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 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 – Muscle Shoals, AL

(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.  

Colbert County Alloys Park Campground – Muscle Shoals, AL

(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 – Muscle Shoals, AL | Natchez Trace

(256) 383-1904 or (256) 762-8740 378 Sycamore Drive, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 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 […]

“Rock of Ages Trail” Muscle Shoals

Take 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 […]

P.J.’s – Muscle Shoals, AL

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 – Muscle Shoals, AL

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.

Rick Lanning’s Barbecue – Muscle Shoals, AL

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 […]

Brooks Bar-B-Cue – Muscle Shoals, AL

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 – Muscle Shoals, AL

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.

China Gourmet – Muscle Shoals, AL

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 – Muscle Shoals, AL

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.

Trojan House – Muscle Shoals, AL

2415 Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals (256) 386-7762 Mon. – Fri., 10 am to 9 pm; Sat. 10 am to 10 pm; closed Sunday A sandwich, sub, and coffee shop that offers an array of local musical talent.

Stanfield Family Steak House – Muscle Shoals, AL

5745 River Road, Muscle Shoals (256) 446-5588 Mon. – Thurs. 11am to 9pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am to 10pm; Closed Sunday. Fresh and flavorful American style dining, Stanfields offters handcut steaks and other specialty items. Lunch and dinner served daily. Great food, great atmosphere.

Shoals Grill at the RTJ Golf Course – Muscle Shoals, AL

999 SunBelt Pkwy. (256) 446-4489 Summer: 6am to 4pm Winter: 8am to 2 pm. Open Seven Days Located inside Robert Trent Jones Golfcourse clubhouse, the Shoals grill offers a menu of delicious items, whether you want something quick before tee time or a leisurely lunch. Shoals Grill also offers space for meetings and luncheons.

New Orleans Transfer – Muscle Shoals, AL

1682 South Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals (256) 386-0656 Mon. – Wed. 11am to 2pm; Thurs. – Sat. 11am to 8pm. Closed Sunday. A taste of the Bayou in the Shoals. Their speacialty? “The Transfer”, a muffaletta style sandwich, gumbo, Po’Boys, and more. Authentic Cajun style cookin’ at its best.

Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club – Muscle Shoals, AL

Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club, 1211 E 6th St., Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.  Challenging 18-hole golf course, bentgrass greens, overseeded tee boxes and fairways. Exercise room, pro shop, restaurant, call for tee times. (256) 381- 1232.