There's something magical about hiking to the bottom of a towering waterfall. But what if you could explore the falls in a whole new way? Head to Gadsden, Alabama, where a short trail leads to a unique viewpoint. Of all the waterfalls in Alabama, Noccalula Falls is easily one of the most mesmerizing.
Once at the park, follow Black Creek Trail, a 1.7-mile scenic hike that winds you through some Alabama magic, then access the Gorge Trail.
The path eventually leads you to a dreamy spot tucked away behind the falls. Be sure to exercise caution when navigating these slippery areas.
From this perspective, you can watch the water as it cascades into an enchanting natural pool, also known as the Black Creek Ravine. Noccalula Falls drop over 90 feet down into this secret nook.
These steep falls fill the little cove behind it with mist that throws rainbows against its rocky face when the lighting is just right. See if you can spot one on your visit.
The Black Creek Trail isn't the only one that will give you some stellar views though.
If you want to explore all that the park has to offer, wander down one of the 7 other trails. Each one varies in difficulty and is color-coded on the map.
Noccalula Falls Park also has other attractions worth checking out, including mini-golf, a train ride through lush landscapes, botanical gardens, and a petting zoo.
This magical site also has a campground and rental cabins if you want to experience the park's beauty at twilight and in the early morning sunlight.
Noccalula Falls Park is typically open from March to October. Go late in the season for extra colorful views of the fall foliage on your hike.
This is the perfect time to fill your bucket list to the brim with enchanting pools and rainbows. You won't regret a trip to this unforgettable spot in Alabama.
Noccalula Falls Park
Price: $6 admission
Address: 1500 Noccalula Rd., Gadsden, AL
Why You Need To Go: Embark on a unique waterfall hike and see these waters plunge 90 feet from a whole new perspective.
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