After a long week in Red Bay, Alabama, Pam, Hugo, and I were ready for some fun again. While researching to find out where our next stops would be we found out that northeast Alabama is chock full of waterfalls. Who knew?!!! Well, I’m sure some people knew, but we didn’t. So, we set out to take in some of nature’s finest. Starting off, we found an awesome little campground in Gadsden, AL called Noccalula Falls Campground. It turned out to be one of the best campgrounds at which we’ve stayed. And bonus, it also happened to be right next to Noccalula Falls!
Legend has it that Noccalula committed suicide at the site now named for her. It seems that the white man was spreading across America and forcing the Cherokee further and further south. At some point the Cherokee were forced so far south that they began to encroach on Creek Indian territory. This caused battles to break out between the Cherokee and Creek people. In an effort to make peace between the tribes one of the Cherokee leaders promised his daughter’s, Noccalula’s, hand in marriage to one of the Creek leaders. Alas, Noccalula was in love with a Cherokee warrior and rather than go through with the wedding, she leaped to her death from the top of the falls. Sad story, but beautiful falls!
Next it was on to Little River Falls. This falls is part of Little River Canyon National Preserve and there is a 23 mile scenic drive that winds around the canyon with several scenic outlooks. The views from atop the canyon are amazing! Along the way you can also see Little Grace’s High Falls.
The third stop on our wet and wild tour was DeSoto Falls. This is the tallest falls that we visited at 104 feet high. DeSoto Falls is named after Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto.
The final stop on our waterfall tour was High Falls which is in fact not high. This falls is only thirty-five feet tall, but is over 300 feet across. It also features a cool arched rock natural bridge that was carved by the rushing water over thousands of years.