Spotlight on Etowah, St. Clair, & Blount Counties: Culture & Recreation

Etowah County

Noccalula Falls and Park and Campground • The 90-foot Noccalula Falls includes a park with a pioneer village, botanical gardens, sightseeing train, playground, carpet golf, picnic pavilions and meeting facilities. The park hosts an annual Christmas at the Falls holiday light display, Smoke on the Falls BBQ Festival and Wheels on the Hill Car Show and Swap meet along with other events. 

GadRock Microgym • This new attraction in Gadsden offers more than 4,500 square feet of indoor climbing plus a multi-purpose room outfitted for different fitness classes and personal use. 

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Ola Lee Mize Patriots Park • This park within Noccalula Falls Park contains the War Memorial Monument, a tribute to the 457 known Etowah County men who died in World War I and II and the Korean, Vietnam and Lebanon wars. It also is home to the Etowah County Law Enforcement Memorial. 

Coosa River Boardwalk • This Coosa River park includes fishing piers, sidewalks and a 1,000-foot boardwalk with benches, gazebos, splash pad and picnic areas. 

Coosa Landing
Gadsden’s city boat ramp is capable of four launches at a time offers bait and tackle, docks and hosts fishing tournaments each year.

The Venue at Coosa Landing
Special event facility featuring more than 55,000 square feet of flexible space for concerts, parties, expos, meetings and more.

Riverwalk at Coosa Landing
This new park features walking paths and river boardwalk, 250 feet of docks for fishing, picnic pavilions and scenic river views. 

GOLF Twin Bridges, located adjacent to downtown Gadsden, is a championship course located on the Coosa River. The area also is home to the Silver Lakes Golf Course, part of the popular statewide Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. 


Godfrey’s Marina offers boat launch, boat slip rentals and fishing supplies. Canoe Creek Marina also offers fishing supplies. Little Ridge Marina, at the foot of Southside Bridge, offers boating supplies and fuel, plus entertainment, local foods and craft beer.

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts • Three galleries change exhibits frequently. Also, the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Downtown Dance Conservatory are associated with the center. 

WineriesWills Creek Vineyards & Winery in Duck Springs and Maraella Winery in Hokes Bluff, both members of the North Alabama Wine Trail, offer tours, tastings and event venues

The Imagination Place Children’s Museum • This museum is a learning playground with exhibits and programs
in the arts and sciences that promote imagination, exploration and discovery. 

Gadsden Museum of Art • This museum offers a year-round schedule of programs and services, including permanent collections, local artifacts, rotating exhibits and events.

Historic Mort Glosser Amphitheater • This outdoor theater, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, offers drama, music and other special events and is home to the Summer Concert Series. 

Memorial Bridge & Emma Sansom Statue • Sansom, a local resident, was a noted Confederate heroine who guided Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest to a ford across Black Creek so he could reach the Confederate supply line at Rome, Georgia.

James D. Martin Wildlife Park & Walking Trail • Flood plains and other acreage have been transformed into recreational space for hikers, bikers and others who enjoy the outdoors. 

Moragne Park • Located across the street from the Coosa River Boardwalk, this park offers family fun with a universally accessible playground, dual zip lines, walking track and sand volleyball courts

St. Clair

John Looney Pioneer House
• This 1820s home in Ashville is probably the oldest two-story dogtrot log house in the state. Its fall festival recreates pioneer lifestyle.

Fortson Museum • This Odenville museum displays local artifacts and is home to the St. Clair County Hall of Heroes, honoring local veterans. 

St. Clair County Rodeo Arena
This 800-seat covered rodeo arena in Odenville hosts rodeos, livestock exhibitions, craft shows, concerts, horse 

Ashville Museum and Archives
Located in Ashville on the square, the museum features memorabilia, exhibits and research opportunities for historians and genealogists. 

Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts • This facility has a 2,000-seat arena and athletic complex plus a 400-seat performing arts center that hosts theater and concerts. 

White’s Mountain Bluegrass Park
This park in Springville strives to preserve American heritage through music. It is home to the annual Chimney Corner Celebration in October. 

The Ridge Outdoor Adventure Park • The Ridge is a 500-acre off-road riding park in Springville that has expanded to hiking, disc golf, ATV and side-by-side rentals, zip line and rappelling tours, Airsoft course, fishing and more. 

Millcreek MX Park • This 135-acre park is home of the AMA Classic and other events on its multiple tracks, lights for night racing, pit bike track and easy access tunnels.

Horse Pens 40 • Horse Pens 40 in Steele is a historic outdoor nature park that offers hiking, camping, picnicking, exploring, a country store, restaurant and more. Annual events include bluegrass music festivals, Native American celebrations, motorcycle rallies, bouldering competitions and more. 

Lakes Logan Martin Lake offers 275 miles of shoreline and boasts fishing, boating and swimming. Neely Henry Lake has 339 miles of shoreline and bountiful fishing.

Logan Martin Dam/Double Cove Park • This Logan Martin park provides hiking trails, fishing, picnicking, beach area and is even a relaxing spot to bird watch or catch skiers using the lake’s most popular slalom course.

Homestead Hollow • Seasonal arts and crafts festivals, car shows and music festivals in a 27-acre recreated pioneer setting with blacksmithing, wood carving, weaving and moonshine still. 

Mustang Museum of America • Most every Mustang vintage is represented here, along with special models and memorabilia.

Lakeside Park • This 65-acre park on the shores of Logan Martin Lake boasts nature and walking trails, playground, beach, botanical gardens and fishing. 

Big Canoe Creek Outfitters • BCCO is a kayak rental outfitter, concert venue and camping destination on Big Canoe Creek in Springville. 

Ten Islands Historical Park
Situated on the shores of Neely Henry Lake, this day-use park offers nature trail, beach, boat ramp, birdwatching, fishing pier, picnicking and pavilions. 

Camp Winnataska • This 1,400-acre camp features hiking trails, fishing and swimming areas, camping, horseback riding, canoes and ropes course. The camp also hosts events. 

Alabama International Dragway
Located in Steele, this racing destination has multiple ¼-mile asphalt drag strips and bleachers. 

Shel-Clair Farm and Ranch • Bring your horse and enjoy more than 1,000 acres of sparkling streams, magnificent mountain views and diverse wildlife. Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center • The camp boasts a lake with paved walking path, where you can fish for a small donation, and a two-mile hiking trail scaling Chandler Mountain with stunning views. Alpine climbing tower, cabins and camping are available.

Big Springs Park • The four-acre park contains a spring-filled lake, walking track, outdoor exercise equipment, splashpad, grills, pavilions, dog park, and pickleball and volleyball courts. 

Springville Museum and Archives
Overseen by the Springville Historical Preservation Society, the museum takes visitors on a tour of people, events and artifacts of the St. Clair County town named for its natural springs and known for its historic downtown. 

Canoe Creek Boat Landing • The free facility on Neely Henry features a 60-foot-wide launching slab and paved parking lot for 80 truck and trailer rigs and nearly 300 feet of docks. 

Springville Camp and Conference Center • Event and meeting facility with lodges, cabins and retreat house offering fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboats, rec and dining halls, pavilions, water activities, 30-acre lake, climbing and rappelling tower and zipline. 

Moody Miracle League • Alabama’s first Miracle League, this adaptive sports park provides special needs individuals of all ages an opportunity to play baseball in an organized league.


Blount County’s Historic Covered Bridges • Blount County has the distinction of being the “Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama,” with three of the state’s 11 covered bridges located here. All bridges remain open to traffic and are still in use daily. Visit all three: Swann Covered Bridge, Horton Mill Covered Bridge and Easley Covered Bridge.

King’s Bend Scenic Overlook Park
This new park on Highway 231 between Cleveland and Blountsville incorporates the old U.S. 231 bridge over the Locust Fork River into its design. 

Palisades Park • Located atop Ebell Mountain in the foothills of the Appalachians, Palisades Park offers picnicking, rock climbing, nature trails, playground, lodges and pavilions. There is a newly-restored fire tower for climbing and a Christmas light display.

Blount County Memorial Museum
Established in 1970, the Blount County Memorial Museum is home to the county’s largest source of genealogy, plus local history exhibits. 

Blountsville Historical Park
The Blountsville Historical Park displays some of the finest historical log cabins in existence. Most of the buildings have period furnishings and have been fully restored. 

Spring Valley Beach • A family owned and operated waterpark on 25 acres in Blountsville.

Golf Limestone Springs offers 18 holes on 225 acres and Heritage Golf also has 18 holes, both nestled in dramatic Appalachian Mountain scenery.

Covered Bridge Players • The Covered Bridge Players stage three or more plays a year and offer workshops, improv troupes and more.

Community Arts Council of Blount County • The Community
Arts Council of Blount County offers concerts, opera, poetry reading, talent shows, children’s theatre, artist work-shops, camps and more. 

Rickwood Caverns State Park
Experience the thrill of Rickwood’s miracle mile of underground caverns with limestone formations millions of years old, blind cave fish and underground pool. The park also features an Olympic-size swimming pool, hiking, camping and picnicking, plus an annual Christmas light show in the cavern.

Locust Fork River • The Locust Fork River is known for its whitewater opportunities, including class III and IV rapids. The Locust Fork Invitational kicks off the Alabama Cup Whitewater Slalom, Canoe and Kayak Races each February followed by the Locust Fork Paddle Fest in April. These events take place at Kings Bend, just north of Cleveland. The Friends of the Locust Fork River offer other outings throughout the year to show off this Blount County treasure.

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