If Alabama is full of hidden gems, then this one is an emerald. Little River Falls cascades down into a sparkling blue-green pool that's perfectly framed by the surrounding foliage. Found at the end of a winding boardwalk and trail, these brightly-colored falls will dazzle you any time of year. You're gonna want to add this one to your bucket list.

These 45-foot tall falls are located in Little River Canyon National Preserve near the border of Alabama and Georgia, a hiking hotspot for adventurers of all skill levels.

The turquoise pool is just a few hours from Atlanta and an hour and 40 minutes from Birmingham. Embark on a scenic road trip to this dreamy destination and take in all the stunning sights scattered along the way.

Once you get to the visitor center, follow the boardwalk until it runs into a trail that leads to the falls. The hike to the sparkling shoreline is about 3/4 of a mile long, with the last 200 feet serving as a bit of a challenge as you traverse uneven rocky terrain.

The natural pool, also known as Martha's Falls and Hippie Hole, is a popular destination for summer swimmers. In the fall, the tree's autumn leaves create a colorful backdrop that perfectly contrasts the emerald-turquoise hues of the water below.

This incredible area is free of charge, so you can save a little strain on the ol' wallet soaking in these views. The preserve is normally open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seeing loads of visitors throughout the year.

Bring a camera and capture the jewel-bright waters and deep forest hues.

Put this sparkling natural pool on your Southern U.S. bucket list and daydream about this beautiful spot in the meantime. This easy Alabama hike is well worth the wait.

Little River Canyon

Price: Free

Address: 4322 Little River Trail N.E., Fort Payne, AL

Why You Need To Go: This nature preserve is worth the trip for the stunning views and cascading falls.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.