The nonprofit group Old Railroad Bridge Co., Inc. provides vital support for the Old Railroad Bridge, which is open for public use.
Since opening to the public in 1994, thousands of visitors have strolled, cycled, hiked, jogged, and enjoyed the breath-taking Tennessee River views between the bridge’s mighty steel trusses. They come from the communities of the Shoals area, the Tennessee Valley, from throughout Alabama, and from around the United State. Many visit over and over again, captivated by the bridge’s sweeping views of the picturesque Tennessee River and it adjacent shore lines and the special camaraderie that visitors share in this uncomplicated, pleasant place. An unsurpassed tourism magnet and economic development engine, The Old Railroad Bridge is more than just two shores. At every turn—from its first historic construction in 1831 to its remarkable transformation and its subsequent success as one of the Shoals most popular destinations—the Old Railroad Bridge has demonstrated the power of ingenuity, collaboration, and perseverance. It is truly an Alabama icon, preserving the best of our history, our culture, and our spirit.