“watch out for the splash zone!”
Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre (101-ha) public park located in Gadsden, Alabama (USA).The falls are located on land once owned by R.A. Mitchell, who gave the site to the city of Gadsden, so that the area could be improved, and the public could enjoy the falls. R.A. Mitchell Elementary School, named in his honor, is located across the street from the falls. The main feature of the park is a notable 90-foot (27-m) waterfall with a gorge trail winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings. The park also features a petting zoo, mini-golf course, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (built 1899) and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride. It was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 12, 1976.The falls drop itself has been run successfully in whitewater kayaks at least once in late November 2011 by three expert kayakers. The water level was unusually high permitting a deep enough pool to form at the base of the falls. Ordinary water levels would not form enough of a pool to consider an attempt to run the drop.The Noccalula Falls Botanical Gardens is an extensive botanical garden displaying over 25,000 azaleas
Worth the stop for an impressive view and photo op. If you want to visit the whole park (looks like they have a train ride around the park), you need to arrive before 6:00pm and pay an admission price. But you can view the waterfall for free!
Great place to stop off and visit! Very beautiful and pleasant area. Had an interesting back story too!
Noccalula Falls Park is also the starting point for 127 Sale aka. the 'World's Largest Yard Sale!' The entire outdoor garage sale stretches for 690 miles of serious second-hand shopping. Traditionally the World's Largest Garage Sale begins on the first Thursday of August every summer and goes for 4 solid days.
absolutely breath taking!!! when we first showed up it looked totally like a bust and we were really disappointed. but after we walked inside and payed a small fee ($6 a person) and took a short trolley ride to a trail that lead us right to the waterfall, underneath it, all around it, etc. it was totally worth it. one of the most amazing things i've ever seen. rocks are extremely slippery but that is obvious as you're literally right by the waterfall, so wouldn't recommend for small kids or the elderly - my dad and i are 37 and 15 and we still slipped, haha. we also climbed a rock wall that we probably weren't suppose to climb- lol. but it was insanely cool and utterly amazing. on our roadtrip where we're traveling across the country this is definitely number one on my list. it's worth the small price of admission! - which also gives u access to the small petting zoo. :)))
The Falls are still down to a single trickle but the view is still pretty. I walked out of the restroom as we were getting ready to leave and said to me husband "Noccalula Falls, where there is no water for the falls or hand soap for the bathrooms."
We stopped here for a quick sight seeing venture on our way across the country. It is late June and the falls were down to just a trickle. I was a little disappointed we didn't get to see it at its best but that's part of summer in the South I suppose.
When you drive up, pull into the campground parking lot and walk across the bridge opposite the chapel for the best view of the falls.
Very pretty stop! Nice place to stretch your longs if passing by.
Nice place to stop. Beautiful falls... especially if you make the hike to the bottom and behind them.
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