Located in far western Cullman County, Jones Chapel is a very small town along U.S. Route 278 that’s surrounded by other small towns such as West Point, Addison, Logan and Vinemont. A rural community with deep agricultural roots, it is just around 15 minutes west from downtown Cullman and less than an hour south of Decatur. Birmingham is an easy hour’s drive south down Interstate 65.
Serene, laidback and far removed from big city buzz, Jones Chapel is ideal for those who want to slow down, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. The countryside here is lush and populated with farms and thick woods and there are quite a few ponds and waterways such as Ragland Branch, Lewis Branch, Whetstone Creek and Dripping Springs Creek.
As the area is still very much rural, you won’t find large commercial districts here, but you can get essential items at the Piggly Wiggly and Family Dollar near the intersection of Route 278 and County Road 940. The housing stock is composed of single-family homes, most of which are on extensive acreage and come with features reflecting the area’s agricultural heritage.
Jones Chapel is just a short drive to Lewis Smith Lake and the William B. Bankhead National Forest, which contain some of Alabama’s most scenic spots. The more than 21,000-acre lake has a 500-mile shoreline and is renowned for its clear waters and exceptional fishing. Many major fishing tournaments are held here as the lake is home to spotted, striped, white and largemouth bass as well as crappie, sunfish and catfish. The vast Bankhead National Forest, which contains the lake’s western branches, encompasses almost 200,000 acres and contains five recreation areas as well as an extensive 80-mile network of hiking trails. This is where you’ll find the Sipsey Wilderness, the first ever wilderness area in the state.
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