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Rainbow City

Rainbow City offers a relaxed suburban atmosphere with lots of local businesses and amenities.

Welcome to Rainbow City

Adjacent small city on the banks of the Coosa River.
Rainbow City is located on opposite banks of the Coosa River in Etowah County, Alabama. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, these communities offer access to lots of recreational amenities including first-class golf courses.
Housing options in Rainbow City and Southside include single-family homes in a wide range of styles. These properties range from classic mid-century ranches to grand contemporary residences designed by some of the region’s foremost luxury home builders.

What to Love

  • Lots of local dining options
  • Outstanding golf courses
  • Boating, fishing, and swimming on the Coosa River and Neely Henry Lake

Local Lifestyle

Rainbow City and Southside offer a relaxed suburban atmosphere with lots of local businesses and amenities. There are plenty of places to enjoy outdoor recreation here ranging from some of Alabama’s best courses to boating, fishing, and swimming on the Coosa River and Neely Henry Lake.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Rainbow City and Southside both feature a variety of stores and restaurants with a mix of national chains and independent local businesses. A string of quality restaurants is clustered along the stretch of the Coosa River separating Rainbow City from Gadsden at Rainbow City’s northern edge.
Top O’ The River is one of the largest catfish and seafood restaurants in the entire Southeastern United States. This long-standing family-run restaurant serves delicious grain-fed catfish raised in neighboring Mississippi alongside signature cornbread, slaw, pickled onions, greens, and other tasty sides. Pruett’s Bar-B-Q is another longtime favorite in this scenic riverfront dining area. This buzzing BBQ spot offers Southern classics such as tender pulled pork, mouthwatering ribs, and catfish.

On Rainbow City’s southern stretch of riverfront facing Southside, Little Bridge Marina also offers great barbecue with hearty platters of meat smoked fresh daily. The adjacent Little Bridge Marina Bar & Grill pairs tasty pizzas, subs and Mexican eats with craft beer and regular live music. Little Bridge Marina also features a store selling snacks, baked goods, and draft beer to go, plus propane and other essentials for pleasure boating and fishing on the Coosa River and Neely Henry Lake. Across the river in Southside, Local Joe’s BBQ is a classic Southern BBQ shack serving some of the area’s most delectable smoked meats.

Things to Do

Rainbow Landing is the best place to head for recreation on the Coosa River and Upper Neely Henry Lake. Here you’ll find two stationary docks and a boat ramp plus a pavilion, playground, and piers you can jump off into the water. Rainbow City’s other recreational amenities include the scenic 18-hole Rainbow City Disc Golf Course, featuring a landscape of winding streams, woods, and a lake.
Coosa Soccer Recreation Fields offer youth soccer league programs on the grounds of Rainbow Middle School. The pretty green space of Rainbow City Park features tree-shaded walking trails, pavilions, and a playground for kids. The historic 110-acre Gadsden Country Club offers members access to an 18-hole Bill Bergin golf course, a first-class tennis complex, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and some of the best dining and banqueting facilities in northeast Alabama.
Less than 20 minutes’ drive from the heart of Southside, Silver Lakes Golf Course is one of the premier facilities of Alabama’s famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Silver Lakes offers 36 challenging holes of golfing across four courses with dramatic Appalachian foothills elevation changes and a beautiful landscape of forests, grasslands, and wetlands.


Rainbow City and Southside are served by the Etowah County school district.
  • John S Jones Elementary School, Public, PK-5.
  • Southside Elementary School, Public, PK-5.
  • Rainbow Middle School, Public, 6-8.
  • Southside High School, Public, 9-12.
  • Westbrook Christian School, Private, Christian, PK-12.
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