“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Muscle Shoals in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Explore the River

Explore the River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
1. Explore the River Marker
Inscription. Just downstream from Wilson Dam lies a series of trails maintained by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Starting at the Visitor Center, explore the trails as they meander along the riverbank and through the forest

1.Wilson Dam Visitor Center
The Visitor Center at Wilson Dam is the perfect place to begin exploring the area. The center provides an overview of the history of Muscle Shoals and how it has been central to the development of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

2. Rockpile Trail
This 2.7-mile trail takes visitors along the river from 
Wilson Dam to the Old First Quarters Small Wild Area. The trail traverse everything from bluffs to woodlands.

3. Old First Quarters Trail
This trail is named for the World War I era building complex the housed the officers of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers who constructed Wilson Dam.

4. Muscle Shoals Trail
The paved Muscle Shoals Trail is perfect for bicycling or a walk through the woods. The trail offers great views of Pickwick Lake and provides excellent exercise with frequent climbs and descents

5.Southport Historical Trail
A comprehensive interpretive guide will lead you back through a cross section of Tennessee Valley history from the Civil War to the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Land Birds
Many of the trails

Kiosk at Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, July 26, 2017
2. Kiosk at Visitor Center
near Wilson Dam wind through a variety of forested habitats. These trails are at their best during spring and early summer when the Yellow-billed Cuckoo can be heard croaking from overhead and Swainson’s Warbler can be found with a little patience and some luck.

Water Birds
Wilson Dam and the upper end of Pickwick Reservoir are both known to harbor good numbers of gulls and waterfowl during the winter and nesting wading birds during the summer. A number of very rare Alabama birds have been found here on a fairly regular basis.

Wild Flowers and Ferns
Walk the Old First Quarters Trail to see a profusion of wildflowers each spring. Search the forest floor for such species as Trillium, Jacob’s Ladder, and Chickweed. The lush undergrowth along the trail abounds with ferns. Maiden Hair, Christmas, and Resurrection ferns can all be found.

On Top of its impressive natural beauty, this area is rich in history The taming of Muscle Shoals, the important research that put a stop to malaria in the valley, and the production of immeasurable amounts of electricity are just a few of the documented accomplishments of this area.
Location. 34° 47.586′ N, 87° 37.577′ W. Marker is in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is on Reservation Road. Touch for map. Marker is located TVA's Wilson Dam Visitor Center Bird Site #6. Marker is in this post office area: Muscle Shoals AL 35661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gulls Glorious Gulls (here, next to this marker); Birds of North Alabama (here, next to this marker); Wilson Dam: Cornerstone of the TVA System (a few steps from this marker); TVA: Our Enduring Mission/Powering Prosperity (a few steps from this marker); Building a New Future (a few steps from this marker); Natural and Cultural Preservation/Protecting Resources (a few steps from this marker); TVA Goes to War (a few steps from this marker); Wilson Dam: Setting the Stage (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Muscle Shoals.
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