Cherokee County, NE Alabama a great place to live and “retire to”

Municipalities include: Centre (County Seat), Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville, Leesburg, Sand Rock

Welcome to one of THE MOST beautiful areas in the State of Alabama - Cherokee County, NE Alabama!

Home to Weiss Lake, Little River Canyon National Preserve, and Cherokee Rock Village.

Weiss Lake Sunrise

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We think you'll find many reasons to consider Cherokee County and the State of Alabama as a place to locate your home, or to have a second home where you come to relax.

Low Cost of Living
14.90% lower than the US average.

Cherokee County, located in the northeast section of Alabama, is blessed with natural beauty, parks, moderate climate, scenic mountains, and Weiss Lake. This 30,200-acre impoundment of the Coosa, Chattooga and Little Rivers is a hydro-electric lake owned by Alabama Power Company, with 447 miles of shoreline, and is home to crappie, bass, striped bass, catfish, and bream. Weiss Lake is known as "The Crappie Capital of the World" and one of thirteen Alabama prestigious lake members of the Alabama Bass Trail.

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Cherokee County is a growing county made more attractive by its manageable size, and the small town values of its citizens. We offer low taxes on lakefront, mountain and farm property. We have small town environments, friendly faces and wide open spaces, and abundant natural beauty - minutes from major cities (Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Huntsville).


Cherokee County is located in the Centre of the ABC Triangle: within a 90 mile radius of Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Chattanooga, TN; (and Huntsville, AL).

Population (Cherokee County)

  • 1970: 17,634
  • 1980: 18,760
  • 1990: 19,543
  • 2000: 23,988
  • 2010: 25,989

Cherokee Country Club

Other recreational facilities include:

  • Weiss Lake with public and private fishing piers
  • Tennis Courts
  • Soccer, Baseball and Softball Fields
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking Trails
  • Canoeing & Kayaking on Terrapin Creek
  • Rock climbing at Cherokee Rock Village
  • Swimming, hiking, & picnicking at Little River Canyon National Preserve & Mouth Park
  • Explore Civil War and Historical sites, Cornwall Furnace, & Cherokee Historical Museum, Pinhoti Trail
  • Blow your own ornament at Orbix Hot Glass
  • Pickleball First Baptist Church ROC, Monday- Friday 9am-11am
  • Visit Weiss Dam, and more...
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Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport
5,500 foot paved and lighted runway. Offers hangers, tie-downs, and refueling services.

Area of County

Cherokee County is 577 sq. mi. (382,728 acres).


Centre and Cherokee County have over 125 churches representing most denominations. Some of these are:

  • Assembly of God
  • Baptist Church
  • Catholic Church
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of God
  • Holiness Church
  • Jehovah's Witness
  • Methodist Church

Jewish Synagogues, and other Faiths can be found nearby.

Civic Clubs and Organizations

  • Civitan
  • Rotary
  • Weiss Lake Improvement Association
  • Cherokee Connection
  • Women’s Club of Weiss Lake
  • Historical Society
  • Lion’s Club
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Master Gardeners
  • TheatreCentre
  • Rome Sailing Club
  • And others...
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Cherokee County is served by a county- wide school system, operated by a Board of Education and Superintendent. Pre-K through 12th grades, and Career & Tech Center.

  • Gadsden State Community College Cherokee Campus & Gadsden Campus
  • Gadsden State Technical School, Gadsden
  • Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
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  • Cherokee County Commission
  • City of Centre
  • Town of Cedar Bluff
  • Town of Gaylesville
  • Town of Leesburg
  • Town of Sand Rock
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Home Owned Restaurants and Chain/Fast Foods

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Enjoy all four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter!
Seasonal, yet moderate, mild winters and warm summers. January 37 F and July 92 F.
Average annual rain fall 47".


Floyd Cherokee Medical Center

Floyd Cherokee Medical Center

Facility Information
  • Licensed Beds: 60
  • Operating: 40
  • ICU: 5
  • ICU
  • Blood Bank
  • Hospice
  • Physical Therapy
  • CT Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • Outpatient Surgery
  • Home Health Care
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • ER
  • Hospital Auxiliary

Health Care Professionals:
Family Practitioners, Internists, General Surgeons, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Dentists, Optometrists, Registered Dieticians, Cross-trained Allied Health Professionals, Cherokee County Health & Rehabilitation Center, Cherokee County Health Department, Cherokee Village Assisted Living, Mental Health Center, Dialysis Center

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Contact local Realtors to find your dream home!!


  • Mountain & Brow Lots
  • Farm
  • Lake Front
  • Condominiums
  • Subdivisions & Gated Communities
  • 55 & Up Living
  • Single Family Homes
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  • American Apparel
  • KTH Leesburg Products
  • Parkdale Yarn Mills
  • Prince Mineral
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Poultry
  • Tourism
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Law Enforcement

  • Cherokee County Sheriff
  • Cedar Bluff Police
  • Centre Police
  • Leesburg Police
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In Alabama, you will probably pay lower taxes
than most other states of the nation.

Retirement Tax Friendliness
Fully exempts Social Security retirement benefits and public and private pensions from income tax.

Property Tax
You will find we have low property taxes compared to most other states. For more about taxes in Alabama, visit the Cherokee County Revenue Commission, and the Alabama Department of Revenue,

Area Ammenities

Pirates Bay Water Park at Chesnut Bay Resort in Leesburg
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  • Motels/Lodges
  • Cabins
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Resorts
  • Marinas
  • Air B&B’s
  • VRBOs
  • Many Campgrounds & RV Parks
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  • The Cherokee Herald
  • The POST Paper

Radio Stations

  • WEIS AM 990
  • FM 100.5


  • Retail and specialty shops
  • Antique Malls
  • Antique Auctions
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Cotton field in Pollard’s Bend.
Agriculture is the number 1 economic impact in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County is located in the
Centre of the ABC Triangle:
Atlanta, GA
Birmingham, AL
Chattanooga, TN

Enjoy annual festivals and events throughout the year!!

Weiss Lake Shoreline Management

Attention Property Owners

Alabama Power holds property rights around the lake as required by the Federal Government. So before you begin construction, make changes or additions to any structures or the shoreline, you need to call Alabama Power Company for a permit. An Alabama Power Representative will meet with you.

To schedule an appointment on Weiss Lake call 256-927-2597.

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