Little River Canyon National Preserve

Little River Canyon National Preserve

The river and canyon have formed a wild and rugged landscape that allows for a range of peaceful and challenging recreational opportunities. The river supports world-class whitewater paddling and the canyon supports exceptional climbing opportunities. The opportunity for hiking, swimming, and fishing in natural areas away from city life are exemplified at Martha’s Falls and Canyon Mouth.

Rainbow Falls-Dismals Canyon, Phil Campbell Alabama

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is a gorgeous waterfall in Dismals Canyon, Phil Campbell, Alabama. Phil Campbell is in Franklin County Alabama. Dismals Canyon is operated commercially as part of an 85-acre nature preserve, and a fee is charged for entry. Night tours are conducted to view the dismalites. Camping is available in both traditional campsites and in cabins. 

Rainbow Falls is one of two waterfalls in the preserve.

Chewacla-Falls | Photo by John David Johnson

Chewacla Falls

Chewacla Falls

Chewacla Falls, located in Auburn at Chewacla State Park, is a 30ft waterfall that’s formed by the spillway of Chewacla Dam. Chewacla State Park is home to 8 hiking trails and the most popular trail, Mountain Laurel Trail, leads to Chewacla Falls. The park has a 26-acre lake, as well as its extensive mountain biking and hiking trails, all of which make a dip even more rewarding and are another reason to visit this gem in Alabama’s state park system. Chewacla State Park is also home to the highest point in Lee County, which means that it’s a great location for mountain bikers seeking the sort of elevation changes that give the sport its name. Video by Bobby Taylor

Oak Mountain Peavine Falls

Peavine Falls

Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park is an approximately 65 foot tall, spring fed waterfall that provides a great stopping point along the trails. Climb to see the front, and to play in the pool of water below.

DeSoto Falls

Hike the two mile Desoto Falls Trail near Helen to a pair of waterfalls where, legend holds, a piece of armor was found from DeSoto’s expedition in the mid-1500s.