Cherokee County Alabama

Cherokee County Alabama Map

Cherokee County Alabama Map

Cherokee County, Alabama population is 25,989. Its county seat is Centre, Alabama.

The county is named for the Cherokee Indian tribe. 

Cherokee County is home to Weiss Lake and Little River Canyon.

Cherokee County Alabama History

The area included in today’s Cherokee County for centuries had belonged to the Cherokee Nation of Native Americans. On December 29, 1835, however, Cherokee leaders signed the controversial Treaty of New Echota, agreeing to surrender their lands in return for new lands west of the Mississippi River. This treaty contributed to the apparent theft of land from the Native Americans by the U.S. government. To this day, there are few Native Americans in Cherokee County.

On January 9, 1836, the Alabama legislature created Cherokee County with its present boundaries. Two years later, the United States government removed by force all Cherokees who had refused to leave on what would become known as the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee County Historical Destinations

Cherokee Rock Village


Cornwall Furnace Park


Cherokee County Historical Museum


Cherokee County Alabama Cities

Centre Alabama

Cherokee County was created on January 9, 1836, and named for the Cherokee people who once lived in the area. The famous Cherokee chief Pathkiller lived in Turkeytown near the present town of Centre. In 1836 the newly founded town of Cedar Bluff became the county seat, but in 1844 the county seat was moved to the more centrally located town of Centre. The name was chosen, and carries the British English spelling, because of this central location in the county.

Centre, Alabama is the county seat of Cherokee County.

Piedmont Alabama

The City of Piedmont lies at the foot of the Appalachian Mountain range. Our beautiful scenery, growing local economy, and friendly populace draw thousands of visitors and settlers, every year, and make Piedmont a wonderful place to call home.

Cherokee County Alabama Towns

Cedar Bluff Alabama

Known as The Crappie Capital of the World, Weiss Lake hosts many local, state, and national fishing tournaments. Waters flowing from the Coosa, Little and Chattooga Rivers converge to form one of the largest freshwater lakes east of the Mississippi River and, consequently, is the central attraction for Cedar Bluff tourists, vacationers, and retirees alike.

The brilliant sunset colors dance above the calm waters of Weiss Lake, upon the banks of which rests the town of Cedar Bluff. Constructed in the early 1960’s to serve as a reservoir for hydro-electric power generation, the lake occupies over 30,200 acres and has nearly 450 miles of shoreline. It is surrounded by forest-covered mountains, an array of beaches, and natural scenic views. Many enjoy touring the area by boat, while others appreciate the ideal sporting and fishing conditions.

Collinsville Alabama

Founded in the mid 1800’s by Alfred Collins and surrounded by the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of northeast Alabama, Collinsville is a great place to call home. With a current population of 1995,Collinsville has excellent schools and churches, a wonderful old southern culture, property available for new business and industry, and a Municipal Government that is committed to improving an already great town.

Your visit to Collinsville will almost certainly include a drive down shady streets lined with great old homes, a taste of southern ‘home cooking’ at one of the unique restaurants, and a friendliness seldom experienced this day and time.

Or, maybe a visit to one of the south’s oldest and largest flea markets will be the highlight of your stay – Collinsville Trade Day is held every Saturday, rain or shine, and is located at the south end of town on U.S. Highway 11. Whether you come to town for a day or for a lifetime, you’ll be welcome in Collinsville.

Gaylesville Alabama

The area was settled in the early 1830s, just before the removal of the Cherokee Indians. It was known originally as Sulphur Springs and was an agricultural center for cotton, corn, and hay. Nearby deposits of iron ore were mined and used to produce iron at the Cornwall blast furnace, located between Gaylesville and Cedar Bluff; the iron later was used by the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Leesburg Alabama

If you live in the Town of Leesburg, AL, you already understand all of the great things our town has to offer — from lakeside living and breathtaking mountains to the benefits of small town life. If you are planning a visit to Leesburg, you can experience all of these things too. What better outdoor vacation could you plan than relaxing on Lake Weiss, catching our world-famous crappie? Or you could be enjoying spectacular views at the Little River Canyon National Preserve, Cherokee Rock Village, or Yellow Creek Falls. Live here or just visit — we hope you enjoy every moment.

Sand Rock Alabama

Sand Rock is located in western Cherokee County  atop Lookout Mountain. A portion of the town extends north into DeKalb County.  We are pleased to welcome you to the mountaintop town of Sand Rock, Alabama, situated in the Northwestern part of Cherokee County. Sand Rock has that “hometown America” atmosphere with all the character and friendliness you’d expect from a close-knit hospitable community.

The Sand Rock community has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. It is a small town of about 500 residents located in northeast Alabama. Rich in hospitality, natural beauty, and strong family and faith traditions, Sand Rock values its rich rural heritage, strong school and community support, and strong work ethic.

Cherokee County Alabama Communities

Broomtown Alabama

Broomtown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Cherokee County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 182. It was named after Chief Broom (Broomstown) of the Cherokee Nation, who occupied the area from the late eighteenth century into the 1830s.

This site has been studied for years by the history and archaeology departments of the University of Alabama. The site lies just southwest of Broomtown in the community of “Possum Hollow” and just NE of Gaylesville, Alabama. The site is rich in Indian history.

There was once a village along the creek in this area. Thousands of arrowpoints, spear points, pottery shards, beads, and even the dwelling remains have been studied.


Spring Garden Alabama

Spring Garden is a census-designated place and unincorporated community in Cherokee County. Its population was 238 as of the 2010 census. The area was also known as Amberson or Ambersonville in the 19th century. It was erroneously called “Aubersonville” in the 1880 U.S. Census.

Billy Goat Hill Alabama

Billy Goat Hill is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County. Billy Goat Hill has been noted for its unusual place name.

Bluffton Alabama

Bluffton is an unincorporated community in Cherokee Count. Bluffton was founded as a mining community in 1888. In 1890, Bluffton was home to approximately 8,000 residents. Bluffton is now considered a ghost town.

Congo Alabama

Congo is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County. The name commemorates the expeditions made by David Livingstone to the African Congo.

Forney Alabama

Forney is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County. Forney is located on U.S. Route 411, 13.2 miles east-southeast of Centre.

Hopewell Alabama

Hopewell is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County.

Little River Alabama

Little River is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County. The community is likely named for the nearby Little River.

See Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce website.

McCord Crossroads Alabama

McCords Crossroads, formerly Hopewell, is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County.

Rock Run Alabama

Rock Run is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County. Rock Run is located on County Route 29, 13.6 miles southeast of Centre.

Cherokee County Alabama Ghost Towns

Alexis Alabama

N34 10.738′, W85 30.733′

Blanche Alabama

N34 21.813′, W85 36.592′

Bluffton Alabama

N34 00.426′, W85 26.398′

Chesterfield Alabama

N34 26.806′, W85 31.437′

Congo Alabama

N34 18.663′, W85 39.054′

Elrath Alabama

N34 08.291′, W85 44.574′

Grover Alabama

N34 24.742′, W85 30.705′

Key Alabama

N34 24.742′, W85 30.705′

Moshat Alabama


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