Welcome to Northport, part of the greater metropolitan Tuscaloosa region of Central Alabama. Immediately adjacent to the larger City of Tuscaloosa, the boundary between the two cities is the stately Black Warrior River. Our area is one of the state’s most concentrated centers for commerce, industry, healthcare, entertainment, culture and education. Northport residents enjoy an unparalleled quality of life—the suburban community of Northport features a semi-rural lifestyle, but an urban economy and numerous city amenities that make Northport ideal for families, students, professionals and retirees alike. Northport, as part of the Tuscaloosa metro area, offers its residents a multitude of diverse municipal services that cater to residents from all walks of life. Northport entrepreneurs and professionals rate Tuscaloosa County as one of the best places in the country to launch a business, while Northport families, students and retirees enjoy the culture and convenience of city living but characteristic Southern grace and hospitality of a small town. To learn more about the Northport lifestyle, business community and cultural community has to offer your family, please visit the links below.
Tuscaloosa County’s distinctive name comes from its roots—prior to European settlement of the area, Alabama was inhabited by a number of Native American tribes: Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Alabama, Koasati, and Mobile civilizations each lived in the area that is present-day site of both Northport and Tuscaloosa. The 1832 Treaty of Cusseta ceded much of Alabama’s land to the United States government, and the 1834 Trail of Tears saw the majority of Alabama’s aboriginal population relocated. During the Civil War and the Reconstruction era of American history, Tuscaloosa County suffered greatly, losing many soldiers and enduring years of economic hardship before experiencing resurgence in prosperity, growth and civic diversification. Though Alabama has historically weathered many storms and stresses, present-day Tuscaloosa prides itself on a broad-based world view, a diverse civic identity, and the ability to embrace, cherish, honor and learn from its past by keeping our history firmly in the present. To learn more about the historic districts and structures of Tuscaloosa, or to explore the museums and exhibits of our multi-cultural history, please visit:
Northport and Tuscaloosa are situated in the west-central region of Alabama, straddling the border of the Appalachian Highlands and the Gulf Coast Plain. The area’s geography is characterized by the rugged splendor of Red Mountain, Shades Valley, Sand Mountain, Ruffner Mountain and Shades Mountain, while the nature of the area is home to one of the most unique and complex ecosystems in the United States. Tuscaloosa County has a superior ease of access to the regional open spaces and developed parks, which are supported at the local, state and national levels, offering Northport residents playgrounds, picnic facilities and designated sport areas, as well as well-maintained trails and nature centers. In addition to the majestic Black Warrior and Cahaba Rivers, a number of creeks and tributaries allow residents and visitors to enjoy fishing, sailing, tubing and other water activities. Golfing, hunting and equestrian activities are also area favorites—but in Alabama, sports reign supreme—UA Roll Tide and Auburn War Eagles football games are the state’s unofficial favorite outdoor pastime. Whether you opt for tailgates and barbecues at one of Northport’s area parks, bird watching in the mountains, tubing down the Black Warrior River or enjoying the painted skies of Alabama’s sunrise on an early trail hike—you’re sure to find peaceful tranquility or excitement and awe in Northport’s great outdoors. To learn more about Northport, Tuscaloosa and Central Alabama’s sports, parks and recreation, please visit:
For shopping, dining and entertainment in the Northport area, our picturesque Historic Downtown district is dotted with unique coffee shops, locally owned eateries and boutiques and independent art galleries. In neighboring Tuscaloosa, the Downtown Business District and Merchants Walk areas are guaranteed to have something for everyone, with a wide variety of businesses, pubs, nightlife hotspots, dining destinations and events that cater to our diverse communities. Everything from high-end national retailers, hometown shops and antiques stores are represented at the numerous shopping centers and commercial districts of Tuscaloosa County—for bargain hunters, WaterMark Place Outlet Center offers quality retail inventory at rock-bottom prices, while Midtown Village, University Mall and McFarland Mall feature everything from unique, locally owned merchants to name-brand national vendors. Antique hunting is another popular Tuscaloosa County activity, so be sure to pay a visit to one of Northport’s hidden treasures. For foodies and gourmands, the only way to truly experience Alabama is to savor it on your plate with “meat’n’three”—Alabama’s fried green tomatoes, barbecue, fried chicken, okra, collards, black eyed peas and cornmeal-fried catfish are all served up fresh and family style at any of Northport’s favorite diners, where sweet tea and lemon cake are the perfect complements to traditional Southern dinners! Commerce, activity, culture and recreation are abundant in Tuscaloosa County, with numerous scheduled performances, recitals and theatrical productions year round in both Northport and Tuscaloosa, as well as a host of regional area museums, events centers, parks and theme parks to choose from. To find out more about the attractions, activities, culture, shopping and dining available in Northport, Tuscaloosa and Central Alabama, please visit:
Shopping, Dining, Leisure and Attractions
Good neighbors are cause for celebration in the South—Northport’s festivals and events, many of which are hosted in conjunction with neighboring Tuscaloosa, are where neighbors become friends and commemorate their civic pride, friendship and sense of regional identity—while throwing a great party! Year-round, local arts councils, museums, historic societies and community groups schedule a diverse range of lectures, sports events, performances, workshops and exhibits for Northport area residents to enjoy. Annual festivals and events only add to the excitement—the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Northport Art Night, Dickens Downtown and the Alabama Phoenix Festival are just a few Central Alabama’s special events that you won’t want to miss during your time in Northport. To learn more about Northport and Tuscaloosa’s festivals and events, or to find out what’s happening in Northport during your stay, please visit: