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Picnic Areas -
Park is one of the crown jewels of the Florence Parks and
Recreation department and has been been enjoyed by the
citizens of the area for over 10,000 years!
nestled between the Tennessee River and Downtown Florence, is
conveniently located to
Florence has to offer. The park is host to numerous festivals
and special events such as the annual Trail of Tears motorcycle ride and the
BassMasters Fishing Tournament.
feel right at home in this park. There are playgrounds, lighted walking trails, a floating restaurant, a
lighthouse, and a beach area.
If you drive
a motor home, tow a fifth wheel or even tow a tent on your
back, you will find no more accommodating, more beautiful
place to rest your bones than McFarland Park.
- Sixty Campsites - with all amenities.
Primitive camping also available
Range for Golfers
Shelters with fireplaces
- Boat ramps
- Paved &
lighted jogging trail surrounding the harbor
and marine store
- Boat slips
the Parks & Recreation Central Office at
(256)760-6416 for information on scheduling fishing
park, near the mouth of the Cypress Creek, was inhabited by
Archaic people as early as 8,000 B.C. Their main food
consisted of freshwater mollusks from the river. The mussels
and the bicep shape formed by the bend in the river here, were
the origin of the name "Muscle Shoals."
and Copena cultures, associated with he nearby Florence Mound,
arrived around 2,000 b.c. and remained almost 3,000 years.
About 800 A. D. the Mississippian Civilization established
villages here and on adjoining islands. Many of the Indian
mounds in the Tennessee Valley were built by them.
300 years this area was home of the people known as Historic
Indians. The first were the Euchees from the Great Lakes
areas. They were soon ousted by the Shawnees from the Ohio
River. The Shawnees were evicted in 1715 A. D. by the Cherokee
and the Chickasaws. The Cherokees signed away their rights to
this areas in 1806. The Chickasaw held their claim until the
treaty of 1816. In the Summer
of 1787, a skirmish occurred nearby between a party of Creeks
and a company of militia from Nashville. The Chief, Bigfoot