Alabama is chock-full of small towns off the beaten path. When you finally decide you need to get away from the daily grind, noise, pollution and crime, take a look at some of the places we have researched and visited.
Childersburg, which is located half an hour from Birmingham, was incorporated in 1889. However, it’s believed to date all the way back to 1540, making it the oldest city in America. Childersburg, Alabama is 25 years older than St. Augustine, Florida.
Coaling Alabama hosts an annual Christmas Chili Supper each December.
Haleburg is located in southeastern Henry County. Alabama State Route 95 passes through the town, leading north 14 miles to Abbeville and south 8 miles to Columbia. Haleburg is 4 miles west of the Chattahoochee River, which forms the Alabama–Georgia border.
With attractions and jobs within an easy driving distance, Hanceville is a great place to live and raise a family. Wallace State Community College offers a top-notch location to start your higher education journey, and our schools, Hanceville High, Hanceville Middle, and Hanceville Elementary are a great asset to our growing community.
One day in 1907, George Clements stood in the doorway of the house he had built in the Straight Mountain area of Blount County, Alabama, and looked out. What he probably saw, here in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, was a mostly undeveloped wilderness.
Mooresville is one of the oldest incorporated towns in Alabama, having been incorporated on November 16, 1818, when Alabama was still a Territory. It was named for early settlers, Robert and William Moore who located on land which became the site of Mooresville.
Waterloo, Alabama is a Best Small Town in Alabama located in Northwest Alabama. Waterloo is surrounded by stunning views of the Tennessee River on gorgeous Pickwick lake.
The city of Kimberly developed around a stagecoach station built in the 1830s; it remained in service until 1865. At this time, the settlement was known as Kennelsville. The city then became known as Jefferson, probably after the nearby Old Jefferson coal mine, until the late 1880s. In 1888, the town’s post office was relocated to nearby Morris. In 1905, the town voted to change its name to Kimberly because another Alabama town had already claimed the name Jefferson
Cordova is a mid-sized city in North-central Alabama, about 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. Cordova is located in Walker County and was originally settled on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River. Early settlers came to the area now comprising Cordova in the early 1830s. By 1840, the first coal mine, long a sustaining part of the local economy, was opened. The town was originally called Dent.
Less than 30 miles from downtown Mobile, Bayou La Batre is mentioned in the movie Forrest Gump as the hometown of character “Bubba.”