Red Bay, Alabama, so named for its red clay soil and bay trees, is a charming little town nestled right up against Mississippi in the northwest corner of the state.
Whether you’re visiting Franklin County, Alabama (and you should) or finding yourself in Red Bay on a motorhome quest to Tiffin HQ, there’s a day’s worth of fun. So have some fun!
Take a Tiffin Motorhomes Factory Tour
Start the morning by discovering what goes into building a Class A motorhome at Tiffin. Reservations aren’t required, so just pop into the visitor’s center Monday through Friday where one-hour walking tours depart at 9:30 a.m. Visitors will get a peek into the craftsmanship and construction of these impressive homes on wheels.
Visit Cypress Cove Farm
Cypress Cove Farm has become a wildlife preserve and amazing educational resource for the community with numerous hiking trails, bird observation areas, and wildlife habitats. There are three creeks flowing through the property and three wildlife ponds for visitors to enjoy. The birding is exceptional here; it’s the 51st stop on the Northwest Loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail. Also on the property are antique tractors and an old working sawmill. Open daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Groups should call ahead.
Interesting note: Ongoing archaeological digs on the property continue to turn up Native American artifacts which are then shared in Red Bay Museum. There are a number of summer day camps and school trips offering kids the opportunity to participate.
Stop for lunch at a Red Bay restaurant favorite
Conveniently located near the Tiffin service center and campground, Fourth Street Grill & Steakhouse is a sit-down restaurant serving up steaks, burgers, sandwiches, salad bar, and seafood. It’s definitely a favorite of the locals. Another Red Bay favorite for lunch and breakfast is Mason Jar on Main.
Spend the afternoon at Red Bay Museum
The history of Red Bay Alabama lives on through this diverse collection of community artifacts along with a large exhibit in honor of Tammy Wynette (who referred to herself as being from Red Bay but was actually born in Mississippi). The museum has been carefully organized in vignette-style exhibits. For instance, upon entering the museum you’ll step back in time to the heyday of the Red Bay Hotel with its counter, room key holder, and neon sign. Allow 1-2 hours to see everything on both floors. $5 admission fee. The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30-4:00 pm or by appointment.
Relax for the evening at the newly opened Hotel Red Bay
Originally opened in 1924 but left abandoned for years, Hotel Red Bay just recently completed renovations and is now open as a boutique hotel with 13 guest rooms, each uniquely decorated in modern southern style. Southern-style dining is available at the hotel’s restaurant, 1924 Crossroads.
Have more time and want to venture a bit further into Franklin County and explore other small towns in Alabama? Go paddling at Bear Creek Lake, adventure on horseback at Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park, see the glowing Dismalites at Dismals Canyon or visit the historic Roxy Theater. North Alabama is full of fun!