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.
W.C. Handy and the Foundation of R&B
We’ve built something special for those of you who immediately think “MUSIC” when you hear the words Muscle Shoals. In fact, this site was designed just for you and features a treasure trove of new and special information – with new additions on a regular basis. Click here and we’ll be proud to lead you to this website – one of our most important cultural efforts at MSNHA –devoted to the “Roots of American Music.”
Music enthusiasts the world-over have long known about the incredible history of the musicians from the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. And about the worldwide talents who have come here to record. And about the fact that a new generation is making new record history here. Right now. Check it out!