Birdwatching in Sheffield

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Birdwatching in Sheffield

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.com

Birdwatching in Tuscumbia

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Birdwatching in Tuscumbia

 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

Birdwatching in Muscle Shoals

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Birdwatching in Muscle Shoals

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

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.

For more information: (256) 383-0783

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

Walking, Hiking, Biking Trails

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Walking, Hiking, Biking Trails

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.

For more information: (256) 383-0783

Whippoorwill Park

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Whippoorwill Park

Whippoorwill Park, 1201 N. Montgomery Ave., Sheffield, AL 35660.  This 44-acre, wooded park is accessed within the historic downtown residential district and was laid out in the original town of Sheffield in 1884. Home to many species of wild flowers and plants, it is a bird sanctuary. Walking trails go all the way to the river. Vietnam Memorial on site.  www.VisitSheffieldAL.com

Riverfront Park

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Riverfront Park

riverfrontparkRiverfront Park, 1416 Alabama Avenue, Sheffield, AL 35660.  This park boast one mile of inviting shoreline on Pickwick Lake. Variety of recreation available, including boat launch, fishing piers, docking facilities, picnicking, walking trails, splash pad, playground and restrooms.  Kiwanis Boundless Playground located here. Park used for hosting major fishing tournaments and youth fishing rodeos.  (256) 386-5615  www.VisitSheffieldAL.com  Hours: 6 am-10 pm daily

Old Railroad Bridge

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Old Railroad Bridge

oldsheffieldbridgeOld Railroad Bridge, 2100 Ashe Blvd., Sheffield, AL 35660.  This pedestrian bridge is 1,580 feet long and 14 feet high, offering a beautiful view of the Tennessee River. The pier dates back to 1832, the superstructure to 1903. The original bridge opened in 1839 as a toll bridge with trains crossing on the upper deck while wagons, pedestrians and livestock crossed over the bottom. Today, the pedestrian bridge provides a venue for special events and a beautiful view of the Tennessee River and Pickwick Lake. Adjacent to the bridge, access several miles of walking, jogging trails on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

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Regal Inn

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Regal Inn

(256) 383-1114

4305 N. Jackson Hwy., Sheffield, AL 35660

Regal Inn of the Shoals is home 50 rooms for traveling guests.

Emerald River Hotel

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Emerald River Hotel

(256) 381-4710

4900 Hatch Blvd., Sheffield, AL 35660

www.emeraldriverhotel.com

Emerald River Hotel, houses 201 rooms and is a full service hotel. Amenities incuded are pet friendly rooms, exercise room, swimming pool, sauna/jacuzzi, restaurant, lounge, suites, high speed internet, complementary breakfast, banquet and meeting rooms, and outside plug-ins for fishing boats.

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.

 

Coldwater Inn & Suites

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Coldwater Inn & Suites

(256) 383-6844

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.

Twin Pines Golf and Country Club

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Twin Pines Golf and Country Club

 

Twin Pines Golf and Country Club, 1855 Country Club Dr., Russellville, AL 35653.  Beautiful 18-hole course, bentgrass greens, Bermuda fairways, over 6,200 yards, par 71. Pro shop, driving range, PGA professional on staff. Tee times required.  (256) 332-4191

Spring Creek Golf Course

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Spring Creek Golf Course

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.

Microtel Inn & Suites

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Microtel Inn & Suites

(256) 248-0055

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.

Key West Inn

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Key West Inn

(256) 383-0700

1800 U.S. Hwy. 72 E, Tuscumbia, AL 35674

Key West Inn offers fourty-three rooms with vast amenities. Amenities include being pet friendly, having a sauna/jacuzzi, high speed internet, complementary breakfast, and outside plugs for fishing boats.