Welcome to the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area
Experience our cultural, natural, historical, and scenic resources. Wonderful music, beautiful rivers and great hiking trails are yours to explore!
The Tennessee River brought the prehistoric Native Americans and then the European settlers. For years, it frustrated those who tried to cross it or tame it. Men fought from its banks and others found power from its waters. It created a culture. It shaped a region.
The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area includes six counties in northwestern Alabama. The region's sites, buildings, homes, and artifacts whisper tales of some of the nation's biggest moments and how the Tennessee River played a major role in each.
Old Decatur Walking Tour: Shadowlawn 1880
Our Music Makes Us Special --
-- and we love to share! The Muscle Shoals area has been called "The Hitmaking Capital of the World," and you can explore this world-famous musical history on our Roots of American Music Trail. A self-guided cell-phone tour, it includes sites such as FAME Studios, 3614 Jackson Highway and W.C. Handy's birthplace. And since we're still producing hits, you never know who you'll see leaving a recording studio!
Also at the Roots of American Music Trail website, you can read interviews and watch videos of music makers, including Rick Hall, Donna Jean Godchaux McKay and Gary Baker. Learn about our musical heritage that reaches back to the American Indian prescence along the Tennessee River, find out where to hear the Muscle Shoals sound performed live and buy an exclusive CD of Muscle Shoals hits.