Natural Wonders

Walking, Hiking, Biking Trails

Ten 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. 

 

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.

 

Natchez Trace Parkway

444 miles from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN –  33 miles in Alabama

A National Scenic Byway and All American Road, key sites along the Trace in Alabama include Colbert Ferry, Buzzard Roost Spring and Freedom Hills Overlook. The Colbert Ferry site offers restrooms, picnic area, swimming, fishing, boat launch, bike only campground at Milepost 327. The Parkway is a designated bike route.

(800) 305-7417
www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

 

Old 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) Reservation. 

 

Riverfront Park

1416 Alabama Avenue
Sheffield, AL 35660

This park boasts 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.
Hours: 6 am-10 pm daily 

(256) 386-5615
VisitSheffieldAL.com

 

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. 

 

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 the public for hiking and other outdoor recreational activities.  There are more than 15 miles of maintained hiking trails that lead the hiker to scenic canyon overlooks, rich wildflower areas, creek cascades and other attractions.  The purpose of the preserve is to protect this unique and biologically diverse natural area for educational activities, ongoing scientific study and public recreational use.  Hours:  Daylight, year round. Maps available on site.  Free.

(256) 381-6301
www.facebook.com/friendsofcanecreekcanyonnaturepreserve

 

Seven Springs Lodge

1532 Mt. Mills Rd.
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 withwaterfalls and caves.  Shiny, silver grain silos, outfitted  as bunkhouses, along with campsites and horse stalls, make this site a popular overnight destination or weekend retreat.  Open year round. (Rattlesnake Saloon, situated within a Native American bluff shelter, provides lunch and dinner with evening entertainment – Th, F, Sa.)

(256) 370-7218
www.SevenSpringsLodge.net

 

Hawk Pride Mountain Off-Road Park

144 Mountain Side Rd.
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 4 X4s and ATV’s.  A mud bog, food vendors, merchandise, wheelchair accessible shower house and restrooms, camping pads for RVs and primitive camping are available.  Park is open the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month with spectator and special events posted on website.

(256) 577-1034
www.Hawkpridemountainoffroad.com
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