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Noccalula Falls Park

Natural Area, Town or County Park

Noccalula Falls Park and Campground has reopened except for the train and petting zoo. Take a hike on the Black Creek Trail and see what it looks like behind the falls!

High Above Noccalula Falls Park – Amanda Bridges-Dunn- @adventuringlight

Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre public park located in Gadsden, Alabama. Its magnificent 90-foot waterfall attracts visitors from near and far for its breathtaking beauty and picturesque moments. While the feature is the beautiful waterfall with gorge, the park also offers over five miles of trails, a petting zoo, botanical gardens, a one-mile miniature train ride,pioneer village, war memorial, a wedding chapel, mini golf, gift shop, children's playground, and campground.

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 and his daughter, Noccalula. Many lobbied the old chief for the hand of Noccalula, but only one was favored by the girl’s father, a rich chief of a powerful neighboring tribe, who had much to offer in exchange. Noccalula pleaded that her heart was already given to a young brave from her own tribe. The girl’s lover was driven from the tribe and a marriage agreement was made with the neighboring chief. To avoid the arranged marriage, she made her way to the cascading falls and took her life with one leap. Since that day the waterfall has been called Noccalula.

Recreational Opportunities

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 Trail starts at Noccalula Falls Wedding Chapel. Intersecting the main trail are over five miles of groomed, single-track trails perfect for walking, running, and mountain-biking.

Hours

Seasons Accessible

Open all seasons. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Pricing

Fees

Adults $6 / Seniors (55+) $4 / Youth (4-12) $3 / free admission for 3 years and under