Story By Hannah Goldfinger
Photos By Robert Noles
There are many wonders in our home state. One of them is Noccalula Falls and Campground.
Noccalula Falls is located in Gadsden, Alabama, roughly two and a half hours from Lee County. And it’s well worth the drive, whether you make it a day trip, or stay at the campgrounds.
“Noccalula Falls cascades over 90-feet into the Black Creek ravine,” the park website says. “Come explore all the park has to offer and stay awhile in our campground. Paved walking trails wind through the park proper starting at the admissions pavilion. For a low admission price, you can take advantage of unique park amenities. In the park are beautiful rocks and gardens with an array of shrubs and flowers that may be viewed as you walk the park’s paved trail system or rest your feet as you ride on the authentic Huntington miniature train.”
There is a petting zoo and the Pioneer Village. There’s also a souvenir shop, playground, minigolf and more.
Are you a hiker? Time to check out Black Creek Trail.
“The Black Creek Trail is a 1.7-mile crushed stone path with beautiful scenery along the Black Creek Gorge as it works its way down from Noccalula Falls campground to Black Creek Road,” the site says. “The trail starts at the Noccalula Falls Wedding Chapel. Intersecting the main trail are over five miles of groomed, single-track trails perfect for walking, running and mountain-biking.”
Other amnetities includes rock climbing and fly fishing.
Noccalula Falls Park and Campground encompasses 500 acres of land situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is considered a must-see destination in Northeast Alabama, according to the website.
“Created and managed by the city of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department, the park opened in 1953, and has since become the destination of hikers, campers and families from all over the world.”
Black Creek divides the park into two sections — the park and the campground. Situated in the middle of the park is Noccalula Falls, dropping into the gorge 90-feet below.
There is more information about pricing and admission, as well as tours, activities and special events on the website at: www.noccalulafallspark.com.