They called it Muscle Shoals. Earliest history noted the thunderous stretch of shallow rapids where the Tennessee River flowed through the hills and valleys of northwest Alabama. Mussels were found in abundance among the river rocks and American Indians used "much muscle" to power their canoes through the swift waters. They called the place "Muscle Shoals."
Today the treacherous waters have been stilled and the area is home to four towns as diverse in character as the attractions and amenities they offer. Come visit Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Florence, collectively called “The Shoals.”
Music lovers learn about the role of Alabamians in America’s music and experience the famous “Muscle Shoals Sound.” Those who seek inspiration in the life of Helen Keller visit her quaint Southern home and celebrate a miracle at the annual Helen Keller Festival.
You’ll find scenic vistas with canyons and waterfalls. You’ll discover a vibrant cultural scene offering art and architecture, music, parks, festivals and fun! Enjoy fishing Pickwick and Wilson Lakes or play a round of golf at an RTJ course. Whatever you seek in a vacation, we offer it at a place we call the Muscle Shoals.
The Muscle Shoals area and Colbert County are less than a day’s drive from anywhere in the mid-South!
Birmingham is only 95 miles southeast via I-65; Memphis is approximately 125 miles to the west via U. S. Hwy 72; Nashville is 100 miles to the north via the Natchez Trace Parkway; and Atlanta is only 200 miles to the east.
Travel to the Muscle Shoals Area via plane by flying into the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport conveniently located by US Hwy 20 (alt Hwy 72), the Airport offers quick and easy access to surrounding communities.