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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Drifton.

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Around Drifton ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Birmingham. It is located about 27 miles [43 km] to the east of Drifton. Birmingham has a population of 212,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Tuscaloosa. It is located about 35 miles [56 km] to the southwest of Drifton and has a population of 99,500 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Drifton and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<2>

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Alabaster   [Map]   32,948   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bessemer   [Map]   26,511   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Center Point   [Map]   ---   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Cullman   [Map]   15,496   NE   41 miles [66 km]
Gardendale   [Map]   13,783   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
Helena   [Map]   18,673   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Homewood   [Map]   25,613   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Hoover   [Map]   84,978   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Hueytown   [Map]   15,561   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Jasper   [Map]   14,003   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
Mountain Brook   [Map]   20,590   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Northport   [Map]   25,045   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Pelham   [Map]   23,050   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Trussville   [Map]   21,422   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Vestavia Hills   [Map]   34,688   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]

The following is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Barney   [Map]   ---   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Burnwell   [Map]   ---   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
Cordova   [Map]   2,014   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Dora   [Map]   1,946   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
Goodsprings   [Map]   ---   S   Less than 2 miles
Media   [Map]   ---   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
Oakahalla   [Map]   ---   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
Oakman   [Map]   754   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
Parrish   [Map]   960   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
Patton   [Map]   ---   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Quinton   [Map]   ---   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
Reeds Ferry   [Map]   ---   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Sumiton   [Map]   2,407   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Twilley Town   [Map]   ---   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
West Jefferson   [Map]   331   E   9 miles [14.5 km]

For more communities neighboring Drifton, please visit our County-by-County Page for Drifton.

Walker County ...

Drifton is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Drifton ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

America   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Drifton   [Map]
Barney   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Cedar Lake   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dovertown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Gobblers Crossing   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Goodsprings   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
High Level   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Pleasant Field   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Pumpkin Center   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Ruby (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Short Camp   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Standard   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Drifton.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Drifton. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Drifton. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alabama

    Alabama Tourism
    Parks for Alabama

    Fishing in Alabama
    Hunting in Alabama


National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alabama

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alabama

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alabama

Airports Near Drifton ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Drifton.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Walker Co. Airport   [Map]   JFX   NNW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   ESE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Bessemer Airport   [Map]   EKY   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Winston Co. Airport   [Map]   3M2   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Richard Arthur Fld.   [Map]   M95   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Addison Muni.   [Map]   2A8   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.(TCL/KTCL)   [Map]   TCL   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Shelby Co. Airport (ICAO: KEET)   [Map]   EET   SE   43 miles [69.2 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Drifton.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Drifton. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   ESE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl. (ATL/KATL)   [Map]   ATL   E   161 miles [259.1 km]
Nashville Intl. (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]   BNA   N   171 miles [275.2 km]
Memphis Intl. (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]   MEM   WNW   182 miles [292.9 km]
Pensacola Rgnl. (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]   PNS   S   221 miles [355.7 km]
Northwest Florida Rgnl. (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]   VPS   S   224 miles [360.5 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.(TCL/KTCL)   [Map]   TCL   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Huntsville Intl. (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]   HSV   NNE   70 miles [112.7 km]
Northwest Alabama Rgnl. (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]   MSL   NNW   76 miles [122.3 km]
Montgomery Rgnl. (MGM/KMGM)   [Map]   MGM   SSE   107 miles [172.2 km]
Roanoke Muni.    [Map]   7A5   ESE   114 miles [183.5 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Walker Co. Airport   [Map]   JFX   NNW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Bessemer Airport   [Map]   EKY   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Winston Co. Airport   [Map]   3M2   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Richard Arthur Fld.   [Map]   M95   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
Addison Muni.   [Map]   2A8   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Shelby Co. Airport (ICAO: KEET)   [Map]   EET   SE   43 miles [69.2 km]
Folsom Fld.(3A1/K3A1)   [Map]   3A1   NNE   45 miles [72.4 km]
Posey Fld.(ICAO: K1M4)   [Map]   1M4   NNW   46 miles [74 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl.   (ATL/KATL)   [Map]
        Website for Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Shelby Co. Airport   (ICAO: KEET)   [Map]
        Website for Shelby County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Folsom Fld.   (3A1/K3A1)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Posey Fld.   (ICAO: K1M4)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Nashville Intl.   (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]
        Website for Nashville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Memphis Intl.   (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]
        Website for Memphis International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Pensacola Rgnl.   (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]
        Website for Pensacola Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northwest Florida Rgnl.   (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Florida Regional Airport (Elgin AFB)
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.   (TCL/KTCL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Huntsville Intl.   (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]
        Website for Huntsville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northwest Alabama Rgnl.   (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Montgomery Rgnl.   (MGM/KMGM)   [Map]
        Website for Montgomery Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Walker County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Drifton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Walker County: www.walkercounty.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Drifton.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Drifton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Drifton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Drifton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6815, Longitude: -87.2328     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Drifton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Drifton), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Drifton.