A Guide to Wilson Dam Waterfall Near Muscle Shoals

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While Wilson Dam Waterfall's name can be a bit misleading, the dam is actually on a small tributary creek at it tumbles down into the Tennessee River. The name only indicates the proximity to Wilson Dam.

At a Glance

  • 1.2 mi round trip
  • Nice View
  • Kids OK
  • Dogs OK
Location: Near Muscle Shoals in Joe Wheeler State Park Alabama (maps & directions)
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Wilson Dam Waterfall - Trip Details

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Wilson Dam Waterfall is located near Muscle Shoals just below Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River. Take Reservation Road and turn toward TVA’s Rockpile Recreation Area and park at the end of the parking lot and hike west through the open gate for 0.25 mi.  The waterfall itself is near the base of the dam.

More Waterfalls around Wilson Dam Waterfall

In the immediate area near Muscle Shoals, Coldwater Falls is a man-made attraction at Spring Park in Tusumbia.

Further south, you can visit Rainbow Falls in Dismals Canyon along with the bio-luminescent bugs on a night tour of the canyon.

And further east, the many waterfalls of the Sipsey Wilderness and Bankhead National Forest are just a short drive away.  They include:

Wilson Dam Waterfall Map, Directions, and Resources

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2 Comments on “A Guide to Wilson Dam Waterfall Near Muscle Shoals”

  1. Is the Wilson Dam waterfall easy to walk to? We are not in great health and while we can walk, could not walk a long distance or a difficult walk. We are thinking of visiting in September.

  2. trudy, if you park near the recreation area, you will be walking on concrete and asphalt the entire way to the falls. it is about 1/4 mile from the parking lot depending on where you park but it will be easy enough i think…plus there are a couple of spots where the water exits the side of the hill near the falls..i point that out because there are a couple of wading pools where you can rest and cool your feet if you are so inclined. hope that helps 🙂

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