Gadsden is calling! Discover its rock climbing, camping, university life, and more.

A visit to the city of Gadsden lets you experience the best of the countryside without sacrificing city conveniences. Enjoy fresh air and outdoor recreation at nearby parks and delve into the local art scene at its galleries.

The area was once a settlement for the Cherokee Nation and later became a city in the 1840s. The region played an important role in the Civil War and in Alabama's 20th-century industrial success. Search for reminders of these aspects of its history as you wander around the city today.

Learn about Gadsden’s past by visiting museums and galleries around town. The Central-Carver Legacy Museum tells the story of the city’s first full 12-year public school for African-American students, while the Alabama Trail of Tears Memorial remembers the forced removal of thousands of Native Americans. Elsewhere in town, the Gadsden Museum of Art, Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts and Walnut Gallery showcase local artists and host a variety of events.

Escape to nature among the hills and rivers just outside the city limits. Amble along the trails of Noccalula Falls Park and admire views of the 90-foot (27-meter) waterfall. Don’t miss the Pioneer Village within the park, which recreates conditions for early settlers in the Etowah region. The park also features memorials, sightseeing trains and gardens. Hike or bike around the Black Creek Trail to follow the course of the gorge.

Step aboard a boat and travel across H. Neely Henry Lake to reach the James D. Martin Wildlife Park. Take your binoculars and look for herons, egrets and other bird species. Both the James D. Martin and Noccalula parks are less than 10 minutes away from Gadsden by car.

Fly into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport for access to Gadsden. The city is about an hour’s drive away. One of the best times to come here is in April, when the city hosts its annual Chocolate Festival.

Known for

Shopping, Lakes and Rock Climbing

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Top Hotels in Gadsden

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Garden Lake Guntersville
Wyndham Garden Lake Guntersville
3 out of 5
2140 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL
$88
per night
Nov 1 - Nov 2

Situated on a lake, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Guntersville Lake and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center. Gunter's Landing Golf ...

3.9/5Very Good! (364 reviews)

"Beautiful lake view and breakfast was great. Close to just about everything you need."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Wyndham Garden Lake Guntersville
Best Western Plus Gadsden Hotel & Suites
Best Western Plus Gadsden Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
205 Enterprise Dr, Gadsden, AL
$69
per night
Nov 1 - Nov 2

Situated in Gadsden, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Wills Creek Country Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Mountain Top Flea Market and Gadsden Kiwanis Park. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (524 reviews)

"Very clean and friendly. Staff was very helpful and accommodating. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Best Western Plus Gadsden Hotel & Suites
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albertville
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albertville
2 out of 5
220 Highway 75 North, Albertville, AL
$59
per night
Oct 30 - Oct 31

Located in the heart of Albertville, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Guntersville Lake and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Albertville Golf and Country Club. Jules J. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (359 reviews)

"Great property!!!! rooms were clean and spacious."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albertville

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