Recreation & Sports

The Shoals area is rich with natural wonders. As the Tennessee River flows through our two counties, it brings numerous leisure water activities, as well as the best bass fishing in the country. If golf is your game, you will find an abundance of beautiful and challenging golf courses throughout the area. Nature enthusiasts will love the many hiking and walking trails in The Shoals. Football fans will want to join us each December for the NCAA Division II National Championship Game, which is always a great game between the two best football teams in Division II.


The Shoals is a fisherman’s paradise with excellent fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and bream in our lakes and large creeks. With excellent marina and boat ramp facilities, fishermen have easy access to our waters.

Pickwick Lake Fishing

Wilson Lake Fishing

Wheeler Lake Fishing

For more information contact:

Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau
Phone: (256) 383-0783 or (800) 344-0783
Website: Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau--Fishing

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism
Phone: (256) 740-4141 or (888) FLO-TOUR
Website: Florence/Lauderdale Tourism--Fishing


The Shoals offers golfers the opportunity to play championship golf on beautiful courses at reasonable rates.

Public Courses

Blackberry Trail Golf Course
18 holes; par 72; 6851 yards from the longest tees
112 Clubhouse Dr
Florence, AL 35630-8922
Phone: (256) 740-8825
Directions to the course

Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

18 holes; par 71; 6605 yards from the longest tees
1311 E 6th St.
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661-3519
Phone: (256) 386-1232
Directions to the course

Joe Wheeler State Park Resort

18 holes; par 72; 7251 yards from the longest tees
2670 Joe Wheeler State Park Rd.
Rogersville, AL 35652
Directions to the course

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail @ The Shoals

Fighting Joe: 18 holes; par 72; 8092 from the longest tees
Schoolmaster: 18 holes; par 72; 7971 from the longest tees
Sunbelt Pkwy
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661-4672
Phone: (256) 446-5111 or (800) 949-4444
Directions to the courses

Spring Creek Golf Course

9 holes; par 72; 6370 yards
800 Woodmont Dr.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674-3952
Phone: (256) 386-5670
Directions to the course

Private Courses

Tennessee Valley Country Club
9 holes
101 Maple St
Tuscumbia, AL 35674-4416
Phone: (256) 383-3689

Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club
18 holes
Highway 72 East
Killen, AL 35645
Phone: (256) 757-2155

Twin Pines Golf Course
18 holes
1855 Country Club Dr
Russellville, AL 35654-3208
Phone: (256) 332-4191


Colbert County Rose Trail RV Park & Campground
9395 Riverton Rose Trail
Cherokee, AL 35616
Phone: (256) 360-2764

Hart's RV Park & Campground
100 Hart Parkway P.O. Box 192
Waterloo, Alabama 35677
Phone: (256) 768-1555

Heritage Acres R.V. Park
1770 Neil Morris Rd.
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
Phone: (256) 383-7368

Joe Wheeler State Park
201 McLean Dr.
Rogersville, AL 35652
Phone: (256) 247-5466

Johnson's Fish & Camp
100 Creekside Drive
Cherokee, AL 35616
Phone: (256) 360-2258

McFarland Park
200 James Spain Dr.
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 740-8817

Rose Trail R.V. Park & General Store
9270 Riverton Rose Trail
Cherokee, AL 35616
Phone: (256) 360-2393

Veteran’s Park
590 Cox Creek Parkway South
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 740-8817

Hiking and Walking Trails

There are a number of excellent hiking and walking trails in The Shoals for the nature enthusiast.


For those who prefer a smoother path, the TVA Reservation in Colbert County has paved walking trails, with both flat and hilly sections, that circle through a beautiful wooded area along the Tennessee River. These trails connect to the Old Railroad Bridge, which has a boardwalk above the river, and the Singing River Bridge, which has a walking path that spans the entire width of the river.

Deibert Park in Florence has paved paths that wind gently through the wide-open, grassy park, which includes three small lakes and two small wooded areas. Many enjoy the park as a very safe place to exercise.

The public park in Killen has a paved path that winds along a relatively flat area through and around ball fields and playgrounds.

Martin Park in Florence offers a paved walking trail that includes exercise stations for those who want to work a little harder.


For those who prefer the unpaved path, several places make for a good hike.

The TVA Reservation has several wooded trails that climb along the banks of the Tennessee River.

The Cane Creek Nature Preserve in Colbert County has stunning scenery as the paths wind downhill to Cane Creek and Sinking Creek, with beautiful waterfalls and rocky bluffs.

The Shoal Creek Preserve, just north of Florence, winds gently through the woods along the backwaters of Shoal Creek.

All three of these areas are open to the public and do not have any admission charges.

Boating, Sailing, and Canoeing

The Shoals area is a paradise for those who love to get out on the water.

The three large lakes of the Tennessee River system--Wheeler, Wilson, and Pickwick--offer wide open water to sail for hours, cruise along in your cruiser or pontoon, or zip along in your ski boat or jet ski.

Numerous public boat launches are available throughout the Shoals.

For those who want to ease along through the bluffs and woods in their canoe or kayak, there are a number of winding creeks, including Cypress Creek, Shoal Creek, Bear Creek, and others, that offer nature at its best.

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