Our Community

Our Community

Gadsden, Alabama: The All-American City

Riverview is fortunate to be located in beautiful downtown Gadsden, right in the middle of “The All-American City.” Majestic landscapes, beautiful mountains and crystal clear lakes surround our hospital. Gadsden offers family sports centers, boating, golfing and shopping, all in the midst of a community with a big city feel.

Where you can work, play, shop and stay! Come to Historic Downtown Gadsden for great shopping at unique stores and boutiques, dine at local eateries, enjoy community fellowship and fun activities. We're sure you will enjoy our local events such as First Friday, Third Thursday, and various exhibits at The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts.

Our home city offers many programs and amenities for residents and visitors. We are proud to support many of Gadsden and Etowah County’s civic, charitable, non-profit and youth organizations that give back to others throughout the year. Some of the organizations we support include:

  • United Way of Etowah County
  • Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation
  • Downtown Gadsden Inc.
  • American Heart Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Manna Program

Additionally, Gadsden is a progressive city in which to do business. It’s filled with a variety of established and new businesses staffed by employees possessing strong work ethics. Industries in the Gadsden area include Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Koch Foods, Keystone Foods, Inteva Products, and Fehrer Automotive.

Attractions

Noccalula Falls Park & Campground
This natural wonder features a 90-foot waterfall named for Noccalula, a young Cherokee maiden who plunged to her untimely death rather than forsake her true love. She is memorialized by a statue and the engraved story of her fate. Nestled among the trees in the park is a pioneer village, a group of rustic, hand-hewn log buildings representing a display of pioneer living conditions. Included in the village are a country store, grist mill, covered bridge, pioneer home, smoke house, blacksmith shop and more. Other park attractions include a War Memorial and Museum, botanical gardens, hiking trails, sightseeing train, playground, carpet golf, picnic pavilions and meeting facilities.

Coosa River
If fishing is your game, you'll enjoy venturing along the banks of the Coosa River. The 1,000-foot boardwalk is a good place to toss in a hook and talk to a few of the local fishermen. With benches, gazebos, and picnic areas lining the walk, this area also provides a perfect place to sit and watch the day slip into dusk.

The City of Gadsden serves as host for many local and regional fishing tournaments. For information on boat parking, equipment, bait and tackle, please call (256) 549-4677. For tournament information call Carol Hannah at (256) 549-4680.

The Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
The Center for Cultural Arts offers North Alabama opportunities to see, learn and experience the arts in all their forms. The center is a place for art lovers to view a variety of visual, musical and theatrical presentations in a unique facility located in the heart of historic downtown Gadsden. Three galleries change exhibits frequently to provide varied enrichment opportunities. The nationally celebrated Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra draws enthusiastic crowds at concerts throughout the year. The center features complete convention and banquet facilities and a full-service restaurant open for lunch Monday - Friday and for dinner Monday - Saturday. The center's New Orleans-style courtyard features live entertainment every weekend all summer, weather permitting.

The Gadsden Museum of Art
The goal of the Gadsden Museum of Art is to support and maintain a museum of local history of the Gadsden and Etowah County area and to support and maintain a museum dedicated to Southern artists. An additional goal is to promote an appreciation for all types of visual arts for the enjoyment and understanding of its visitors.

The museum is committed to the acquisition, collection, and preservation of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, artifacts, and items of historical significance deemed worthy for view by the public. In addition, the GMA collects, codifies, and disseminates historical information about the facts and myths of this area’s past and serves as a resource center for interested visitors and local citizens, as well as students and scholars.

Imagination Place Children's Museum
Imagination Place operates under the auspices of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation and enriches the lives of children by sparking creativity and imagination to build the foundation for a life of learning. The museum is committed to providing exhibits and activities in the arts and sciences that promote imagination, exploration and discovery. As a children's museum, Imagination Place provides interactive learning environments through participatory, hands-on exhibits and complementary educational programs to stimulate young minds

Convention Hall
Built in 1935, and located downtown, Convention Hall is a mixed-use facility designed to provide meeting space for events as varied as birthday parties, weddings, class reunions, civic events and corporate trade shows.

Mort Glosser Amphitheatre
Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this is an outdoor theater offering drama, music and other special events.

The Gadsden Sports Complex
The Sports Complex has been the leader in sports programming and scheduling in Alabama for many years. The complex includes a five-field softball/baseball complex, a 12-court tennis center, a combination football/soccer field, a one-mile lighted walking track, a sports coliseum, and two high school baseball fields. The complex has hosted numerous local and state level competitions in softball, baseball, tennis, soccer, football and basketball. The softball complex and staff is also recognized and been awarded nationally for the hospitality and organization of national softball tournaments. The Jack Gaston Coliseum, located at the Sports Complex, along with its many sporting and civic events, is the home to the Therapeutic Recreation Department. The City of Gadsden also has three outlying youth baseball fields.

Twin Bridges Golf Club
Twin Bridges is one of Gadsden's newest and finest public golf facility. 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 five sets of tees.

Twin Bridges is enrolled in The Audubon's Silver Signature Sanctuary Program, which successfully integrates natural resource conservation with economic progress and community education. Twin Bridges Golf Club is among a select few of golf courses in the world to earn this esteemed designation.

Silver Lakes Robert Trent Jones Golf Course
One of Alabama's top tourist attractions!

Wills Creek Vinyard
Located in Duck Springs, Alabama, Wills Creek Vinyard is one of three active wineries North of I-20. The vineyards are nestled in the peashell hills of the Duck Springs Valley, in the heart of the Duck Springs wildlife preserve. Here, you'll find country living at its best! Feel free to take a virtual tour of the vineyards, or visit the tasting room in beautiful Duck Springs.

Central Carver Legacy Museum
The museum meets community needs through activities designed to increase community involvement and pride. Activities will include tours, training, seminars, and special exhibits. The museum encourages alumni participation in special events such as art exhibits, monthly observances, and local school events.

River Country Campground
Located on the beautiful Coosa River, the campground features a river walk and pier; main pool; kiddie pool and splash pad; handicap showers and restrooms; boat launch; laundry; four meeting facilities and a conference center.

Local Schools

Gadsden City Schools
Whether you are a parent, student, prospective or current employee, or even perhaps an industry representative exploring the possibility of locating in Gadsden, we trust that you find our commitment to education to be world class. We are committed to student learning and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

As we grow, we continue to offer opportunities in academics, athletics, and the arts that will build pride and ownership among those who attend our schools and live in the community. We believe that one of the best ways to improve our system is to enhance the quality of our students and employees by providing support and growth opportunities that maximize achievement and professional opportunity. From our high-performing athletic teams to our award winning performing arts programs, Gadsden City Schools has the very best to offer in extracurricular activities. Our history of National Merit Finalists is a continued indicator of our high academic expectations and programs offered from kindergarten to graduation.

Elementary Schools
Oscar Adams Elementary
Eura Brown Elementary
C.A. Donehoo Elementary
George W. Floyd Elementary
R.A. Mitchell Elementary
W.E. Striplin Elementary
Ray Thompson Elementary
Walnut Park Elementary

Middle Schools
Litchfield Middle School
Gadsden Middle School
Emma Sansom Middle School

High School
Gadsden City High School

Regional Colleges
Gadsden State Community College

Additional Links

Etowah County Chamber of Commerce
City of Gadsden
Gadsden Commercial Development
Downtown Gadsden Inc.