The Shoals


The area of northwestern Alabama known as The Shoals is home to several well-known Alabama attractions. Tuscumbia is Helen Keller’s birthplace and home, Sheffield is home to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Florence is a beautiful river city with a rich history. There is also a wide variety of outdoor recreation to enjoy at Pickwick Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake and Coldwater Falls.

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What To See & Do


Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

Home to two 18-hole championship courses, “The Fighting Joe” and “The Schoolmaster.”


FAME Recording Studios

Step back in time at the studio where Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Etta James, Otis Redding and others have recorded hit songs.


Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Museum

An American treasure, this house was built in 1939 and is the only Wright house in the southeast open to the public.


Alabama Music Hall of Fame

This site honors the musical achievements of Alabamians such as Tammy Wynette, the Commodores, Nat King Cole and Hank Williams.


Helen Keller’s Birthplace and Home

Built in 1820, Helen Keller’s home is located in Tuscumbia. See firsthand where this admired woman overcame her handicaps.


W.C. Handy Home, Museum and Library

See original sheet music, photos and other memorabilia of blues musician and composer W.C. Handy.

Where To Stay


Waterloo Campground

Located in Waterloo, this campground is open year-round and has 60 sites. Primitive camping is allowed.


Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

The hotel has 200 guest rooms that overlook the Tennessee River and Wilson Dam.


Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge

This lodge offers a picturesque view and is situated on First Creek, just off the Tennessee River.


Doublehead Resort

Located on the waters of Wilson Lake, this resort offers waterfront cottages, private piers, a waterfall pool, quail hunting, fishing and more.

Where To Eat & Drink



An old-fashioned sandwich shop in operation since 1918, Trowbridge’s is known for its signature orange-pineapple ice cream.


Rattlesnake Saloon

A truly unique dining experience in the shadows of a local cave. Stick around at night for live music and karaoke.


Claunch Café

Located in downtown Tuscumbia, this down-home restaurant features Southern home-style cooking.


New Orleans Transfer

Cravin' Cajun? This spicy spot brings the cuisine out of Louisiana and to Muscle Shoals.

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Area Towns

  • Cherokee


    Located in Colbert County in northwestern Alabama, this city is a part of the area known as The Shoals.

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  • Florence


    Florence is known for its lovely architecture, as well as for its artistic charm, musical influence and Native American history.

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  • Muscle Shoals


    Known for its FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals has made several contributions to popular music. Located in northwestern Alabama in The Shoals area, this city has a population of more than 12,000. It has become known as the fastest-growing city in northwest Alabama. Only about 30 miles south of Tennessee and 20 miles east of Mississippi, this city is rich in culture.

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  • Rogersville


    Located in northwestern Alabama in an area known as The Shoals, Rogersville is fisherman’s paradise. The city is home to Joe Wheeler State Park on the Tennessee River.

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  • Sheffield


    Located in the center of the area known as The Shoals, Sheffield has a population of more than 9,000. The town is also home to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and Helen Keller Hospital.

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  • Tuscumbia


    Situated along the meandering Tennessee River at the base of the foothills of the Appalachians is a region ablaze with beauty, bustling activity, rich heritage and distinctive cities. One of these is Tuscumbia, which is home to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Valley Art Center, the Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard and Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Kel…

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  • Waterloo


    Known for its association with the Trail of Tears, Waterloo is also a stop on the North Alabama Birding Trail. Located in Lauderdale County, the town is home to a bald eagle population.

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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 Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is served by Boutique Air and offers daily direct flights to and from Nashville and Atlanta.

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
1729 T Ed Campbell Dr.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

(256) 383-2270

The Shoals area is accessible from Highway 72 or Highway 72A via Interstate 65.

Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Huntsville. 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