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Muscle Shoals

Location Six trails at the Muscle Shoals Reservation at Wilson Dam SE of Florence. (recertified in 1992)
State(s) Alabama
Counties Colbert
Length 12.00 Miles / 19.31 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses
Agency Other Federal
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No





The TVA Muscle Shoals Trail Complex was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1981. It is located in Colbert County, Alabama along the banks of the Tennessee River on the Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation.

The historical significance of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Reservation has been nationally recognized. The trail provides links to numerous historical sites on the reservation while not infringing upon them. Ten sites on the reservation built by the War Department during the early 1900's remain and are listed in or are potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, including the following:
 Wilson Dam, first started in 1918 to provide power to the nitrate plants, was completed in 1925. It is significant in that the dam represents a monumental effort by the War Department spearheaded by an order from President Wilson to tame the power of the Tennessee River. The dam is almost 100 feet high and approximately _ mile in length. Wilson Dam is recognized as a historic site by the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
 The First Quarters Site, approximately seven acres on the reservation, is the site of the first housing made available to the War Department during the construction of Wilson Dam. In 1919 the site was the Administrative Quarters.
 Wilson Steam plant, the largest of its kind when it was constructed in 1918, provided power to the U.S. Nitra (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Open 24 Hours


Not Available


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 1981

Date Last Updated: 09/04/2015


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Richard Pflueger
Tennessee Valley Authority
PO Box 1010
Muscle Shoals , AL 35662
(256) 386-2006


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