Alabama doesn't get enough credit for everything it has to offer. From 24-hour drive-thru museums to enchanting landscapes that look like they're right out of a fairytale, there's actually a lot here to discover. If you are on a mission to find the best scenic hiking spots in Alabama, Dismals Canyon has you covered. So put on your best hiking shoes and grab the bug spray because you will want to be out exploring this park all day —and night. 

Earning its name from the park's rare inhabitants, tiny bioluminescent "glowworms" called Dismalites, this national landmark is full of wonders to discover. 

During the day you can explore over a mile of lush green pathways through rocky canyons that'll lead you right to some breathtaking waterfalls

At night, you can tour the glowing cavernous areas —lit up by the Dismalites— as they hunt for food

As if the wildlife and flora weren't exciting enough, walking through the canyons is like stepping back in time.

According to the park's site, the canyons were formed from geological events dating back to around 300 million years ago, also known as the Paleozoic Era —what is believed to be the same time that invertebrate animal life on Earth really started to boom. 

Maybe with this added bit of knowledge, you will feel less like you're in an enchanted forest and more like you're lost in Jurassic Park


Regardless, this spot will definitely transport you to a far-away land of beauty, mystery, and wonder. 

This summer you should plan a day, and possibly a nighttime visit, because no matter what time of the day you go, it'll be absolutely spectacular. 

Dismals Canyon

Price: Admission for adults $9 

When: Open daily at different times; night tours are also offered

Address: 901 Hwy 8, Phil Campbell, Alabama

Why You Need To Go: Experience a place with canyons, caverns, waterfalls, and glowing wildlife. 

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.


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