About Gadsden

Gadsden Stats and Numbers

  • According to Area Development magazine, among Alabama’s 11 metro areas, Gadsden ranked No. 2 in manufacturing job growth as a percentage of population, No. 3 in employment growth as a percentage of population and No. 3 in reduction in local unemployment rate.
  • Marketing research conducted by Gadsden Commercial Development Authority revealed that the Gadsden area is a regionally located municipality that draws consumers from Calhoun, Cherokee, DeKalb, Marshall, and Blount counties. This constitutes a radius of 35 miles, comprised of over 472,506 residents.

Living In Gadsden

Noccalula Falls

Noccalula Falls Park is a 250- Acre public park located in Gadsden, Alabama.  The main feature of the park is a notable 90-foot waterfall with a gorge trail winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings.  The park also features a petting zoo, mini-golf courses, a Wedding Chapel, the Black Creek Trail (a 1.4-mile walking trail, including the new addition of 12 miles of new trails), and The Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge and a replica 1863 C.P. Huntington train ride.  It was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 12, 1976.

Golf Courses

Twin Bridges Golf Course
The par 72, 6,800 yard, 18-hole course, designed by Gene Bates will challenge and delight golfers of all skill levels. The course features finely manicured Bermuda fairways, bent grass greens, and strategically placed bunkers all set along the Coosa River. Golfers and nature enthusiasts alike delight in the natural beauty and calming wildlife that surround the golf course. Twin Bridges welcomes golfers of all skill levels by offering four sets of tees.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail – Silver Lakes
Named by Golf Digest's Places to Play as one of the nation's Great Value courses in the public category, Silver Lakes is set on rolling terrain at the edge of Talladega National Forest between Anniston and Gadsden. Silver Lakes features three Championship nines plus a nine-hole Short Course. This facility is anchored by a number of strong par fours that play to pedestal greens perched 30 to 40 feet above fairway level.

Coosa River

Coosa River Boardwalk and Splash Pad

Coosa Landing is a key riverfront development on the East bank of Lake Neely-Henry/ Coosa River in the midst of Downtown Gadsden.The City of Gadsden is in the midst of a multiphase plan to further outdoor recreation and private investment to waterfront project.

Coosa Landing is home to a large boat launch and marina that hosts a variety of recreational boaters and competitive bass tournaments. 

In addition to the boat launch, the Riverwalk Park at Coosa Landing includes a pedestrian bridge, a half mile of boardwalks, and a half mile of walking paths, punctuated by fishing piers and picnic pavilions.

Daily the Riverwalk is used by residents and visitors alike as a wonderful and convenient waterfront escape.

The next phases of the development are already in progress, the renovation and redevelopment of the old K-mart property and the addition of an access road for boats to access the new venue. The next phase will incorporate a great replacement for Convention Hall and the opportunity to bring commercial and retail spaces dovetailed together – while hosting and attracting new events and conventions to show off what Gadsden has to offer.

Also Check Out:

Coosa Landing Boat Ramp
Gadsden Bait and Tackle Shop


The Arts

Mary G. Hardin Cultural Arts Center
Its triangular shape and enormous cylinder have come to stand for the educational opportunities and endless entertainment the arts bring to a community. The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, under the direction of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, opened in 1990, and today more than 100,000 people visit the exhibits, performances, and functions held at the Center each year.

Imagination Place
Imagination Place is designed primarily for children ages 2 through 10, the kids will delight in exploring KidsTown USA where everything is pint-sized. Downstairs is a medical clinic, grocery store, construction pit and more. You can even hop in the back of the Red Cross ERV (emergency response vehicle) and make a disaster relief meal. Upstairs you can enjoy the turtle hospital featuring Madonna and Yoko our two Russian tortoises, then visit the farm. Next, you’ll be able to slide back down to the first floor through the treehouse fort. We believe children learn through play and hope you’ll visit us at Imagination Place Children’s Museum where we’re playing unplugged!

Gadsden Museum of Art
The Gadsden Museum of Art features works of Southern art and artists and houses an extensive permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, and prints. In addition, the museum hosts a series of changing exhibits featuring the works of local and regional artists.