Marion County is a rural, industrialized county located in Northwest Alabama. Its boundaries are Franklin County on the north, Winston and Walker Counties on the east, Fayette and Lamar Counties on the south and the State of Mississippi on the west. The county ranks 26th among the state’s 67 counties in land area, encompassing 743 square miles. The county’s 479,385 acres are used as forest 77.8%, agriculture 21.4%; urban and built up; 0.5%; other including water, wetland, and barren, 0.4%.
There are six principal towns. They are: Hamilton, the county seat, located near the center of the county; Guin, 14 miles south of Hamilton; Winfield, 7 miles east of Guin; Hackleburg, 14 miles northeast of Hamilton, Bear Creek, 6 miles northwest of Haleyville in Winston County and Brilliant between Guin and Winfield.