Franklin County

Between Birmingham, Memphis, and Nashville, Franklin County anchors the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountain foothills and with that comes an abundance of spectacular outdoor leisure opportunities. If you are looking for a comfortable, safe, and affordable place to live, Franklin County may be the place for you. Some of the friendliest people in the world are from Franklin County!

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Bear Creek Lakes


The Bear Creek Development Authority is a system of four lakes and their surrounding woodlands near Russellville, Alabama.  The lakes offer trophy fishing, boating, sand beaches, group pavilions, designated swimming areas, hunting, developed camping, picnicking and hiking. A 30-mile canoe float stream is located between Upper Bear and Big Bear Reservoirs. Rated as one of the best floatways in Alabama. 

Family Camping

BCDA Campgrounds

BCDA Cabins

BCDA Cabins

desoto state park kayak melea and carley

Bear Creek Floatway

Cedar Ridge Campground

Cedar Ridge Campground

Red Bay Acres RV Resort

Red Bay Acres RV Resort

Red Bay Waterpark

Red Bay Fun Park

Allegro Motorhome

Tiffin Allegro Club

Disc Golf

Freedom Hills Disc Golf

Roxy Theater

Roxy Theatre

Hodges Equestrian Park

Hodges Equestrian Park

Build, Connect, & Discover

Within Franklin County, you will find a variety of attractions and businesses, welcoming every person from tourist to explorer to relaxer.  Franklin County is a great place to build, connect and discover making it the perfect place to enjoy retirement.  



Downtown Red Bay

Downtown Red Bay

Downtown Russellville

Downtown Russellville

Waterfall at Dismals Canyon

Dismals Canyon

Red Bay Museum

Red Bay Museum

Downtown Parks

Downtown City Parks

Fruit at farmers market

Franklin County Farmers Markets

Watermelon Fest

Watermelon Festival

AW Todd Center

A.W. Todd Center

Community & Health Services

Staying active and being a part of a vibrant community are some of the keys to a long and enjoyable life.

Russellville Hospital

Russellville Hospital

Weatherford Library

Weatherford Library

Bay Tree Perfoming Arts Council

Bay Tree Performing Arts Council

Red Bay Adult Center

Red Bay Adult Center

Civic Organizations

Franklin County has numerous civic organizations hosting year-round activities. 

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Clubs & Organizations

Our temporary escape is now our home.

“We came to Franklin County for years to enjoy its natural beauty, outdoors and lifestyle…always welcoming, peaceful, and relaxing. Our temporary escape is now our home. A mile equals a minute here so we have access to all our needs, the area’s attractions and anywhere we want to go is stress-free. My wife and I are happy, healthy, and relaxed here in Sweet Home Alabama.”

- Scott Mugno

purchased property/home 13 years ago and retired to Franklin County 2 ½ years


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