Water defines the City of Guntersville. Surrounded by Lake Guntersville in northern Alabama, the Port of Guntersville is a place of natural beauty that also has a rich history and heritage passed down by the indigenous peoples of the area and the US Civil War.
The Port of Guntersville has a moderate climate with temperatures that range from a high of 32°C (90°F) in July to an average low of -1°C (30°F) in January.
Visitors to the Port of Guntersville will want to check out the Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center where the city's Park and Recreation Department provides high-quality programs and services for the public. Boats have always been important to the Port of Guntersville, and the museum's boat exhibit is rich with photographs and replicas that range from race boats to gunboats, to steamboats. With photographs and historical documents, another exhibit covers the Tennessee Valley Authority and the creation of Lake Guntersville. Ten thousand years ago, the indigenous peoples of the area hunted and fished along the river. The museum contains a wide range of Native American artifacts. C.E. Monroe was one of the USA's best-known wildlife and magazine artists of the 20th Century, and he was a Port of Guntersville resident. The museum displays 13 of Monroe's paintings as well as work from local and regional artists. Another exhibit tells the story of John Gunter and other outstanding people who give the Port of Guntersville life. The Museum's natural history collection offers a fascinating exhibit of native birds that were collected and mounted in the 1920s by Bessie Rayburn Samuel.
The Guntersville Resort State Park, located just 8.7 kilometers (about 5 miles) northeast of the Port of Guntersville is one of six Alabama state part resorts. The lodge on Taylor Mountain has a championship golf course, campground, and cottages in addition to its full-service convention/meeting facilities and restaurant. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, and enjoying nature. The park contains 20 trails that cover almost 60 kilometers (36 miles). These include about 26 kilometers (16 miles) of horseback trails and almost 13 kilometers (8 miles) of mountain bike trails.
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