Noccalula Falls

Noccalula Falls

Where? 1500 Noccalula Rd, Gadsden, AL should get you there.

Trail Length? You can actually park for free and walk right up to the falls. There is a trail that leads to the bottom of the falls and it’s about a mile round trip in length. There are several places along the trail that allow you to cut off some time, but they involve climbing down some steep rocks.

How hard are we talkin’? Walking up to the falls is wheelchair accessible and can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone. The trail to the bottom of the falls is a dirt trail, easy unless you want to cut off some time by climbing down some somewhat steep rocks. Don’t let that scare you though. I saw a couple in their mid-sixties doing it and also a pregnant lady so it’s not too difficult, just be careful. There are several places you can cross the water and explore the other side. It’s really a cool spot. Many people enjoy walking behind the falls which is very deep and roomy. It’s also very rocky. The rocks closest to the back of the falls stay dry but they are very big and uneven so watch your step.

Can I swim there? I wouldn’t. There is a lot of trash and I can’t see the bottom of the pool the falls empty into. The rocks are black, making it appear murky. As one would expect, the water leading to the falls picks up a lot of trash and debris which is emptied at the foot of the falls. I saw people wading in the creek area just after the falls.

Any other details? You do not have to pay to see the falls, although you can go in from the park side where there are some cool attractions for younger kids. There is a kiddie train you can ride, wooden cut-outs you can stick your head through and have your picture made, a real lion, petting zoo, etc. It’s a little pricey in my opinion. I took the kids when they were little and it was 8-10$ a person. They offer season passes as well.

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