Thursday, March 12, 2009

Alabama Waterfalls Report - Part III - DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon

Alabama Waterfalls Report - Part III - DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon

DeSoto State Park

DeSoto Falls: Dramatic and swift at 104ft, DeSoto falls is located right off of Interstate 59, and is worth a stop anytime you are travelling through Alabama and have a few extra minutes. It is no more than a 1000ft walk from the parking lot. The area comes complete with a lake, a historically significant dam (early hydroelectric use), and the falls itself. Just a few miles upstream of Little River Falls and Canyon. Google Map Link: map. Photos at: and See my website for directions.

Azalea Cascades: Possibly the most anti-climactic waterfall in Alabama. It is at the end of the boardwalk in DeSoto State Park. Great wildflower destination. See my website for directions. Photo at:

Laurel Falls: A small double falls surrounded by lush vegation and green moss. It is located upstream from Azalea cascades. See my website for directions. Photos at:

Lost Falls: A 6-10ft waterfall upstream from Laurel Falls. The rock color around and upstream from the falls is interesting. See my website for directions. Photos at:

Indian Falls: A nice, tall, 20-25ft waterfall downstream from Azalea Cascades. Interesting colors are all around the falls. Unfortunately, there is a sewage treatment plant for the park upstream. Ick. See my website for directions. Photos at:

Lodge Falls: The name is fairly obvious on this one, as it is located behind the lodge at DeSoto State Park. The flow isn't usually spectacular, but the pits in the rock under the overhang are interesting. See my website for directions. Photos at:

Little River Canyon

Little River Falls: At the head of Little River Canyon, this falls has pretty fantastic flow on a good day. The canyon is widely considered the deepest east of the Mississippi, and combined with the falls is a must see when in Alabama. A free area with good parking, it can be crowded in the summer or on weekends, as the area above and below the falls is a popular swimming hole, contrary to common sense. The porta-potties are of the composting type, and stink. It is located directly downstream from the AL-35 bridge. Map. Photos:

Grace's High Falls: Probably the highest falls in Alabama at 133ft, Grace's High Falls plumments into Little River Canyon after a heavy rain. It is a seasonal falls, but is worth seeing when it is flowing. Driving south from Little River Falls along the Little River Canyon Parkway (just prior to the bridge accross Little River when coming from Fort Payne) the falls overlook is located about 7 miles down the canyon rim road from Little River Falls. Photos at:

Johnnies Creek Falls: Johnnies Creek Falls is located on private property where AL-275 crosses Johnnies Creek. Photos:

Gregg's Two Falls: There is a trace that runs to this double drop falls, but it is hard to follow even in the fall. The character of this gorgeous falls changes heavily with the water levels, running the gamut from a gentle falls that disappears into the gravel beheath it, to a ranging torrent. It is located near where Wolf Creek, AL 176, and CR 255 meet on the fringes of Little River Canyon. Photo at:

In the area...

Yellow Creek Falls: This fairly impressive waterfall is on private property and is only legally visible from across Lake Weiss, or via boat. Photo at:

Little Falls: I know next to nothing about this USGS listed waterfall, beyond that it is at the end of the DeSoto Scout Trail near Camp Corner Lake on Seymour Creek. Private property?

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