For those who love spending time in nature, Georgia has a seemingly endless supply of beautiful natural spots where you can go hiking. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't branch out and find some great places to hike outside of the state. If you're willing to take a road trip from Atlanta, there are countless places you can find.

You can head to Dismals Canyon in Phil Campbell, Alabama for waterfalls, canyons and stunning views. It will take you a little under four hours to drive from Atlanta to the canyon (if you don't leave during rush hour).

That makes it the perfect road trip spot for those who want to find someplace new but don't want to drive forever just to spend time in nature.

It's an ideal place for springtime hiking, even when the temperature starts to rise. You can hike to a waterfall in the canyon that will cool you off even when the sun is beating down on you. The height of the waterfall is not currently known, but the views will not disappoint.

Dismals Canyon is known as a sandstone gorge; it's so beautiful that it was declared a National Natural Landmark back in 1974. The greenish walls of the canyon make it the perfect place to stop and get a few shots of the natural beauty.

Apart from the stunning scenery, it's also well known for the rare insects that live there, called dismalites. When these insects are larva, they glow a bright blue-green color to attract mates. However, keep in mind that you can only see these creatures past twilight.

Whether you want to make it a day trip or you plan to spend the night somewhere near the canyon, this spot is a road trip just waiting to happen.

If you're looking for hikes that are a bit closer to the city, check out this hike that will lead you to a community of monks one with a secret tunnel and waterfall.

 

Dismals Canyon

Price: $10-$12

Address: 901 County Rd. 8, Phil Campbell, AL

Why You Need To Go: You can hike through a canyon to a stunning waterfall.


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