Nested near a bountiful big spring in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains you’ll find Tuscumbia, Alabama. The French first settled the area near the Tennessee River in the 1700’s only to have their town destroyed in 1786. The Chickasaw Indians moved here next building their town near the spring. They were soon followed by the Michael Dickson Family circa 1815. Tuscumbia along the Natchez Trace Parkway is growing today with the restoration of many of its old downtown historic buildings.

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 […]

Jody’s Restaurant – Tuscumbia, AL

1440 Highway 20, Tuscumbia (256) 389-9005 Open 24 hours, daily A real taste of the south, Jody’s Restaurant offers a full menu, which includes a signature southern breakfast and catfish.

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 […]

Spring Park Light & Water Show – Tuscumbia, AL

1 Spring Park Rd., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  This show offers a spectacular display of dancing waters, with 51 flumes propelling water 150 feet into the air; choreographed to the music of Alabama’s nationally known artists with a focus on those who recorded in Muscle Shoals. A patriotic show is presented near holidays and a Christmas […]

J.J. Restaurant – Tuscumbia, AL

8225 U.S. Highway 72 West, Cherokee (256) 359-4080 Mon.- Thurs. 5:30 am to 8 pm; Fri. – Sat.; 5:30 am to 9 pm. Get a taste of the ol’ days with favorites such as hamburgers, onion rings, and shakes! J.J.’s can cure your craving of the past! Great food, great atmosphere.  

Spring Park – Tuscumbia, AL

  1 Spring Park Rd., Tuscumbia, AL 35674.  The park provides the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a family picnic with playground and children’s amusements, including a train, carousel, roller coaster, and splash pad. Coldwater Falls is one of the most photographed spots in the county. More than 4.3 million gallons of water cascade down this […]

Cold Water Books & Coffee Shop – Tuscumbia, AL

101W 6th St Tuscumbia (256)381-2525 Mon. – Thurs. 7am-8pm; Fri.–Sat. 9am – 9pm; Sun 1pm – 5pm Get a grilled cheese or a chicken salad croissant, add a pastry and a specialty coffee and then get cozy with a book and take in the scenery at one of Tuscumbia’s newly restored historic buildings.

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, […]