Noccalula Falls Park

Noccalula Falls Park

Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre public park located in Gadsden, Alabama.

Noccalula Falls Park | Gadsden AL | Etowah County Alabama
Noccalula Falls Park | Gadsden AL | Etowah County Alabama

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 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 Address:

1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, AL 35904
Phone: 256-549-4663

Noccalula Falls Directions:

Noccalula Falls Cabins

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 Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo was started in 2000, as a small penned in area with a handful of animals:  two llamas, several small goats and a giant tortoise.  In 2006, the zoo moved into it new home with which now includes indoor habitats that house birds, fish, rabbits, hamsters, and more.  The zoo also has a outdoor area laid out around the Barn .

The outdoor exhibit contains the park’s pride and joy, Shelia; an African lioness that has been a resident in the park since she was six months old.  Other animals in the outdoor area are birds, coatimundis ‘ Jenks the Lynx’   Black and Arctic Foxes.  The final area of the Petting Zoo is the Pasture which houses ‘Bam the Sheep’, ‘Zeus the Goa’t, and several other animals.

There is more information on zoos in Alabama here.

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. 

Alabama Caverns & Caves


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