Prior to non-Indian settlement, the Hackleburg Alabama area served as hunting grounds for the Chickasaws. Settlers arrived in the early in the 1800s and the community arose at the intersection of several stage roads and Jackson’s Military Road.
Marion County Alabama offers a range of recreational activities. The Sam R. Murphy Wildlife Management Area consists of 25,150 acres of game hunting. The Upper Bear Creek Reservoir and the Marion County Public Fishing Lake offer boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching. Twin Forks Park, near the Bear Creek Reservoir, includes picnic and campsite areas as well.