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Hard to find but worth the visit

GPS directions tell you how to drive across the dam but not how to get to the recreational area... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
Michelle G
Hattiesburg, United States
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It's a nice place to go and relax and get in a place and watch that water that been over in it.Go... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Vedetta W
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Engineering marvel built in 1924 spans 4,541 feet in length at a height of 137 feet.
Highway 133, Muscle Shoals, AL
+1 800-344-0783
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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

GPS directions tell you how to drive across the dam but not how to get to the recreational area, viewing area and water falls. There is a blue sign pointing to the recreational area but it is faded and hard to read. Coming from Tuscumbia,...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

It's a nice place to go and relax and get in a place and watch that water that been over in it.Go and

Thank Vedetta W
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Always beautiful scenery by the dam. TVA trails are a must anytime we're in the area. We hiked the rockpile trail on a misty morning which overlooks the river. The dam was in full swing which is neat to watch.

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 7 December 2017

If you can time it right, stop by the Wilson Lock and watch a barge go through. It happens multiple times a day usually and its a great engineering example of the use of water to move a barge up and down the river.

2  Thank KevStephenson76
Reviewed 3 October 2017

If You Want An Experience Of Calmest Go To This Site.It's A Great Place Of Peaceful Pleasure And It's Hard To Find.

Thank patlt2017
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Had a wonderful time here with the family. Great views and historical significance! This dam is a part of the TVA system and a must see as you travel through Alabama.

Thank Daytripgirl123
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Due to security, I could not find any place to view the lock/channel. It seems that the best place to view the dam and lock is the rotating restaurant at the nearby Marriott.

Thank pgrubbs7
Reviewed 1 October 2016

If you enjoy engineering marvels, check out the Wilson Lock & Dam. You can drive or walk across the dam, giving you great views of the Tennessee River and it's really interesting to see the equipment on top of the dam and below. Best of...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to go and relax with beautiful scenery and lots of walking trails and picnic tables. Lots of informational signs too.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

Some nice views of the Tennessee river and Wilson dam, good walking area, picnicking and just relaxing. Some interesting notes on the history of the TVA Projects and CCC.

1  Thank CDM49
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Fred C
11 August 2015|
Response from Mztgringo |
There was a great tour when I went thru on a school field trip in 1956. Now they are about monthly ( next one of Wilson Dam is July 27, 2018 at 10 am). Bring ID and no bad things (or warrants). Google Tours of Florence... More