Lake Life in Jackson County Alabama
One of the most popular reasons to visit Jackson County is the beautiful stretch of the Tennessee River that runs straight through the heart of it. Bring your boat and cast away at one of the public boat launches. If you don’t have a boat, you can rent one! Hang out and play all day, eat & shop local, then spend the night at one of their beautiful lakefront properties. You can pitch a tent, hang your hammock, bring your camper; or if camping isn’t your thing, rent a cabin, lodge, cottage, tiny cabin or house, all with lakefront views.
But we’re just getting started, the following five highlights from Amanda Dunn are just a few of the reasons to visit us here in the gateway to the Appalachians; where the mountains meet the lake!
Jackson County Park is located in Scottsboro, directly on the lake. They have a huge, shaded park for the kids to play, along with watercraft rentals, places to park your camper, primitive camping and their newly built cabins! Call ahead to rent a boat; they rent out quickly on the weekends during nice weather. Offering full day and half day rentals for pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Learn more here!
2300 County Park Road 35769
You can host an event here too when you rent a covered pavilion complete with restrooms and a kitchen. Their shop is fully equipped with everything you need (or may have forgotten to bring) to enjoy a day on the lake, including a beer and wine cave! Even if you don’t rent a boat here, they have the BEST snow cone machine ever! It puts out the super fine snow ice and they have every flavor you can think of. Grab a snow cone and take a stroll over to the park or watch the boats pass while you sip a beer on the deck of KC’s BBQ.
Visit www.lakeshorewatercraft.com for prices and details on watercraft rentals
Goose Pond Colony Resort is another Jackson County waterfront destination worthy of your visit. They have an awesome paved pathway that winds along the lake. Rent a watercraft, take a dip in the pool or grab a bite to eat at The Docks seafood restaurant and steakhouse. There are two beautiful courses with views of the Tennessee River at every hole. Grab a bite to eat while you golf, at Goose Pond Bar and Grille! There are several overnight accommodations including a room at the lodge, your own lake-front cottage or their newest option-a tiny cabin! Visit www.goosepond.org for more information.
Hiking is my favorite way to explore any area, including the lake. There’s a stretch of HWY 67 that runs right along the Tennessee River. It starts at BB Comer Public Boat Ramp just after the bridge. There are several shaded pull-offs along the road where you can fish, drop your kayak in the water, and hike! The TVA owns a lot of land along this stretch of road that allows public access for hiking and exploring. There are several trails through the woods and along the lake for people of all activity levels to explore.
Pro Tip: It’s also a great place to view and photograph the beautiful water lilies!
There is a Scenic lake front drive on HWY 67 approximately 8 miles one way. You can enjoy the quiet sounds of nature and lake views all the way to Langston, Al. Drive slowly, turn off the radio, crack your windows and pull over often to enjoy this scenic route. The water was churning the day we made this drive and several pull-offs had shells washed up on shore! It’s fun to sift through them and see the different shapes of the shells. Who knew there were so many different sizes and shapes of shelled creatures in the lake? You are very likely to spot a heron looking for food, rabbits, turtles and deer.
Pro tip: If you drive all the way down to Langston, Al and happen to be there early in the morning, you may get to see a bald eagle. Yes, I’m talking about the symbol of America- the one and only-a real bald eagle. Don’t drive down there with your camera expecting it to be a sure bet, but there are definitely eagles in this area.
Camp Jackson (2867 County Rd 24, 35769) is a beautiful camp owned by the Boy Scouts. You don’t have to be a boy scout to visit this beautiful destination. They allow other people/groups to hike on their property and they also rent out the camp. If you want to do a day hike, you need to call ahead to let them know the dates you’d like to come, then sign a waiver upon arrival. There is seasonal waterfall you can hike to that is best seen during the winter months, plus two small caves.
If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s a 10 mile (that’s what I’m told) out and back trail that takes you to Pisgah Gorge Falls! The Pinnacle is another popular hike on this property that takes you to the highest point in Jackson County and some incredible views of the Tennessee River. For group booking reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. For day hiking email@example.com or you can reach out to them via their Facebook page: Camp Jackson Scout Reservation.