Situated in the northeastern corner of the state, Jackson County offers a diverse terrain to explorers. From level pastures as far as the eye can see to staggering bluffs - if you’re looking for myriad views to write tomorrow’s story, Jackson County might be your new muse.
In Scottsboro, there is a one-of-a-kind store; Unclaimed Baggage, that sells luggage lost at the airport or in transit. They have been in business almost 50 years and have had fascinating items grace its doors. To name a few: a camera from NASA’s space shuttle, an Egyptian burial mask, and a live rattlesnake!
Aside from those eclectic treasures, designer clothing and purses make their way onto the shelves for a discounted price. You will find considerable bargains at Unclaimed Baggage and when you’re done shopping, Payne’s Sandwich Shop and Soda Fountain is a short walk down the street.
Payne’s is a family-owned restaurant in Scottsboro's square that began as a pharmacy in 1869 and transitioned to serving lunch in the 1930s. You will feel like you took a step back in time with their specialty sandwiches and ice cream bar mirroring a 1950’s drugstore. If you have a sweet tooth, Payne’s offers a variety of sundaes and milkshakes.
Payne’s opportunity to travel through time is representative of downtown Scottsboro’s vibe, with a nostalgic small-town feel and exceptional restaurants and shops that set it apart.
The Walls of Jericho is a beautiful hiking trail in the heart of Jackson County. It begins at the top of the Paint Rock River and stretches over 25,000 acres. The route consists of two hiking trails; The Bear Den Point Trail (4.7 miles) and Clark Cemetery trail (6.0 miles).
The Clark Cemetery trail is known to be strenuous for avid hikers, but the scenery along the way renders a hand-drawn picture book. Streams, waterfalls, and caves can be found scattered along the route. The Walls of Jericho also offer primitive camping spots and an eleven mile horseback riding trail!
If you’re in the market for a family-friendly place to call home, Jackson County is the place for you.
By Brooke Frazier