Lake Guntersville & The Jackson County Mountains


Surrounding Lake Guntersville are small Southern towns that are a recreation bonanza. The area also hosts a large concentration of wintering bald eagles, and eagle watching has become a sport here in the cooler months. Located 20 miles from the Tennessee state line and a short drive from Lake Guntersville sits Scottsboro. If searching for bargains is your passion, this town – home to the Unclaimed Baggage Center – needs to be on your list of favorite places. Lake Guntersville and its surrounding areas are a treasure-trove for both outdoorsmen and bargain shoppers.

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What To See & Do


Unclaimed Baggage Center

Discover America’s best-kept shopping secret. The Unclaimed Baggage Center receives more than 7,000 new items daily.


Russell Cave National Monument

Enjoy hiking and nature trails, living history demonstrations and video programs at this site that gave shelter to prehistoric peoples.


Lake Guntersville State Park

Enjoy more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnicking and tennis. This area is also an American bald eagle winter home.

Where To Stay


The Lodge on Gorham's Bluff

Choose a guest room with or without a garage in this cozy getaway nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.


Kudzu Cove Cabins

This cabin rental resort is the perfect retreat for fishermen, hunters, golfers and small groups.


Lake Guntersville Bed and Breakfast

Experience Southern hospitality at this bed and breakfast with a gorgeous view of the lake, wraparound porches and 3.5 miles of lakefront.


Lake Guntersville State Lodge & Convention Center

This lodging area has 20 chalets overlooking the Tennessee River and 15 lake-view cottages.

Where To Eat & Drink


50 Taters

Get your potato fix with a delicious stuffed potato or indulge in barbecue and burgers.



Originally a seafood shop and 12-seat oyster bar, Crawmama’s has a large menu and is known for its signature crawfish.


Mud Creek Fishing Camp

Known for its catfish, this restaurant has earned a reputation of having some of the best food and service in the Scottsboro area.

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Area Towns

  • Albertville


    Located in northeastern Alabama, Albertville lies on Sand Mountain in Marshall County. This charming town is home to the Alabama Aviation College, located at the Albertville Regional Airport.

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  • Arab


    Located in both Cullman and Marshall counties in northeastern Alabama, Arab sits atop Brindlee Mountain 10 miles from Guntersville Lake and Guntersville Dam.

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  • Boaz


    Known mostly for its outlet shops, Boaz is located in Etowah and Marshall counties.

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  • Bridgeport


    This city in Jackson County was a strategic site during the Civil War because of its location on a rail line and the Tennessee River.

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  • Grant


    Conveniently situated between Guntersville, Scottsboro and Huntsville, Grant is a scenic town located on top of Gunter Mountain.

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  • Guntersville


    Guntersville boasts premier migratory bird watching alongside Lake Guntersville in North Alabama.

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  • Pisgah


    Located on top of Sand Mountain among the Appalachian foothills, Pisgah is in Jackson County and has a population of more than 700.

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  • Scottsboro


    If searching for bargains is your passion, Scottsboro needs to be on your list of favorite places. That’s because this quaint town, located just 20 miles from the Tennessee state line in northeastern Alabama, is home to the Unclaimed Baggage Center.

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  • Stevenson


    Situated in Jackson County with a population of about 1,800, Stevenson is home to the Stevenson Railroad Depot Museum located between two major railroad tracks and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This city is also home to Fort Harker, which was constructed by the Union Army in 1862.

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  • Woodville


    The oldest town in Jackson County, Woodville is located between Scottsboro and Huntsville.

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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train

Huntsville International Airport is served by seven airlines and offers nonstop service to and from nine destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, Dallas/Forth Worth, Charlotte and Chicago.

Huntsville International Airport
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd.
Huntsville, AL 35824

(256) 772-9395

The Lake Guntersville area is accessible from Highway 431 or Highway 72 via Interstate 565, a spur that connects to Interstate 65 in Decatur.

Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Huntsville, which is about a 40-mile drive. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

601 Monroe St.
Huntsville, AL 35801

(256) 534-1681