Noccalula Falls Park
Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre public park located in Gadsden, Alabama.
Noccalula Falls Address:
1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, AL 35904
The falls are located on land once owned by R.A. Mitchell, who gave the site to the city of Gadsden, so that the area could be improved, and the public could enjoy the falls. R.A. Mitchell Elementary School, named in his honor, is located across the street from the falls. The main feature of the park is a notable 90-foot (27-m) waterfall with a gorge trail winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings. The park also features a petting zoo, mini-golf course, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (built 1899) and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride. It was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 12, 1976.
Noccalula Falls Story
Originally known as the Black Creek Falls, the Legend of Noccalula, as written by Mathilde Bilbro, says that “long ago, on a mountain summit within sight and sound of a rushing waterfall, lived a great Indian chief whose young daughter, Noccalula, was famed far and wide for her beauty and loveliness of character.”
Noccalula Falls Video
Video by Clark Stewart
The falls drop itself has been run successfully in whitewater kayaks at least once in late November 2011 by three expert kayakers. The water level was unusually high permitting a deep enough pool to form at the base of the falls. Ordinary water levels would not form enough of a pool to consider an attempt to run the drop.
Noccalula Falls Botanical Gardens
The Noccalula Falls Botanical Gardens is an extensive botanical garden displaying over 25,000 azaleas.
Noccalula Falls Hours
Park hours are 9 am to 5 pm Mon – Sat., 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Last ticket sold at 4:30 pm.
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