“Rock of Ages Trail” – Tuscumbia, AL

“Rock of Ages Trail” 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 […]

Alabama Music Hall of Fame | Natchez Trace Compact

Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 617 U.S. Highway 72 West, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  The outstanding achievements and the music of Alabamians are presented in this state museum. “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy, “Father of Rock and Roll” Sam Phillips and Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”), all Shoals natives, are among the […]

Belle Mont Mansion of Tuscumbia

Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  Belle Mont is one of early Alabama’s crowning architectural achievements. It is one of the most outstanding Palladianstyle houses in the Deep South. The mansion has a raised, two-story central section with flanking, one-story wings and a U-shaped floor plan that embraces a courtyard. This architecture […]

Birdwatching – Tuscumbia, 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 […]

Buzzard Roost Spring – Tuscumbia, AL

Milepost 320.3- Buzzard Roost Spring- Levi Colbert, Itte-wamba Mingo was important to Chickasaw history. He was a leader and negotiator for the Chickasaw people. (Ittawamba Community College is named after him.)  https://www.chickasaw.tv/history/video/levi-colbert-hall-of-fame/document/levi-colbert-profile

Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve | Natchez Trace Parkway

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 […]

Colbert County Courthouse – Tuscumbia, AL | Natchez Trace

Colbert County Courthouse, 200 North Main St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  This stately building, the brick walls of which date back to its construction in 1881, houses county government and serves as the centerpiece of the surrounding Tuscumbia National Register Historic District. This district is extensive and includes structures from the early days of the town’s […]

Colbert Ferry – Tuscumbia, AL

Milepost 327.3- Colbert Ferry- George Colbert operated a stand and ferry here.  Ranger station, restrooms, picnic area, fishing, boat launch, bike-only campground.

Coldwater Stagecoach Stop – Tuscumbia, AL | Natchez Trace

Coldwater Stagecoach Stop, 302 South Dickson St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  Built as early as 1815, this small hewn-log cabin served as a stagecoach stop on the Jackson Military Road and is believed to be one of several cabins operated as a hotel by Michael Dickson, the first white settler to Tuscumbia.  (256) 383-0783.  www.VisitTuscumbiaAL.com . […]

Coon Dog Cemetery – Tuscumbia, AL

Coon Dog Cemetery, 4945 Coondog Cemetery Rd., Cherokee, AL 35616.  Over 300 coon dogs have been laid to rest in the scenic “Freedom Hills.” Unique headstones and epitaphs pay tribute to man’s best friend.  Key Underwood’s raccoon hunting dog, Troop, was the first dog buried here on Labor Day in 1937.  The Coon Dog Labor Day […]

Freedom Hills Overlook – Tuscumbia, AL

Milepost 317.0-Freedom Hills Overlook-A steep, 1/4 mile trail leads to Alabama’s highest point on the parkway, 800 ft.

Hawk Pride Mountain Off-Road Park – Tuscumbia, AL

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, […]

Helen Keller Home – Tuscumbia, AL

Helen Keller Home, 300 North Commons, W., Tuscumbia, AL 35674The dramatic life and times of Helen Keller are preserved at her birthplace and childhood home, Ivy Green. Built in 1820, the home and birthplace cottage are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Original furnishings of the Keller family decorate the home and museum, […]

LaGrange College Site Park – Tuscumbia, AL

LaGrange College Site Park, 1461 LaGrange College Rd., Leighton, AL 35646. Established in 1830 as Alabama’s first college, LaGrange soon became known as “The West Point of the South.” The college was destroyed by Union forces led by Colonel Florence M. Cornyn and his “Destroying Angels.” Today, the historic site has been recreated with a […]

North Alabama Speedway – Tuscumbia, AL

North Alabama Speedway, 12200 Hwy. 247, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 This racing facility contains an 1/8th mile asphalt drag strip and a 3/8 mile, semi-bank clay oval. Racing divisions include Super Late Models, Late Model Stock/Crates, Modified Street and Mini Stocks.  (256) 381-5051. www.northalabamaspeedway.com.  Dragway open on Th at 5 pm.; Speedway open on F at […]

Rattlesnake Saloon – Tuscumbia, AL

 1292 Mount Mills Road, Tuscumbia (256) 370-7218 or (256) 370-7220 Thurs. – Sat. 11 am to 10 pm. (Closed Dec. & Jan.) Uniquely Ours, the Rattlesnake Saloon inside Seven Springs Lodge, is a must see in Tuscumbia, not just a restaurant, but the complete dining experience. Once used to shelter Native Americans, the saloon offers great food for lunch […]

Seven Spring Lodge – Tuscumbia, AL

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 […]

Spring Creek Golf Course – Tuscumbia, AL

Spring Creek Golf Course, 800 Woodmont Dr., Tuscumbia, AL 35674 This nine-hole, city-owned course is a flat one, excellent for beginners and seniors. Paved cart paths, pro shop.  (256) 386-5670.