Sunday, March 15, 2009

Alabama Waterfalls Report - Part V - North of Birmingham (excluding Bankhead NF & DeSoto SP/LRC Area)

Alabama Waterfalls Report - Part V - North of Birmingham (excluding Bankhead NF & DeSoto SP/LRC Area)

Noccalula Falls: Beautiful and easy to access, Noccalula Falls is another must see if you find youself along I-59. Less than ten minutes from the highway and requiring no hiking, this falls comes complete with a park containing a police memorial and a covered bridges. See the official website for more information. Photos at: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/noccalula.html

Nectar Falls: This cascade can be found right off of Alabama Rt. 160. Private Property? Photos and directions at: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/nectar.html

Ragsdale Falls: The USGS lists a waterfall outside of Arab. Private property?

Gulf Creek Falls: This waterfall is located on Nature Conservancy property on Chandler Mountain, and is closed to the public unless prior arrangements are made with the Nature Conservancy. Photo at: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/north.html

Thompson Falls: The USGS lists a waterfall near Arab on private property. A user from Alatrails sent me a link to some photos: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/569905086vZpHHm

Ghost Creek Falls: Scenic North Alabama (Robert Schuffert) covers this private waterfall that exists in concert with a natural bridge outside of Grant. I was contacted by family of the owners, and the owners sent me photos later on.

The 227: Made famous by BamaWester of the Alabama Waterfalls Flickr group, this small roadside falls can be found off of AL-227 outside of Guntersville. Photos at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/alabamawaterfalls/discuss/72157603757410286/

The 68: I think I saw a seasonal waterfall off AL-68 near Guntersville.

High Falls (DeKalb): This massive waterfall also flows through a natural bridge. It is a park, and where an old covered bridge once crossed above the falls there is now a nice pedestrian bridge. Directions and photos at: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/dekalbhigh.html

Waterfall Upstream of High Falls: I noticed a shallow but wide cascade upstream of High Falls where the highway crosses the river. There was a guy fishing from the edge on a crutch.

Escarpment Falls: A tip from a user of my website told me of a falls call Escarpment Falls on private property in Hartselle, around Harris and Elrond streets. I've lost the e-mail.

Cinderella Falls: A series of short cascades, rather scenic, located on property that is part of The Village at Blount Springs, a private gated community. Their website is http://www.thevillageatblountsprings.com/, and maybe if you are really nice they might let you in. Consider stopping in at their sales office to ask, if you are in the area. Professional photographer Jeff Rease (http://www.jeffrease.com/falls.html) tipped me off to it and has some pictures of it on his website.

Piney Branch Falls: The USGS lists and hiker accounts confirm that there is a waterfall on private property on Piney Branch outside of Columbus City. The owners have a website including photos. See: http://pineybranchfalls.us/

Creek House Falls: I have a source somewhere that indicates there is a waterfall by this name. I think it was on Honeycomb Creek, but I honestly don't know.

Mardis Mill Falls: Moderately wide, 15 foot drop on a creek feeding the Mulberry Fork. Very popular with photographers in the Huntsville area. Directions at: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/north.html Photos at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/alabamawaterfalls/discuss/72157603974995339/

Butler Falls: The USGS reports a waterfall on Butler Falls Branch in Franklin County.

Ditto Falls: A user submission confirmed the existence of this USGS listed waterfall outside of Morgan City. The owner sent me pictures, and it is lovely, but on private property.

The Fall Off: The USGS lists a waterfall near Ne Smith off of AL-157. No confirmation, private property?

Griffin Falls: The USGS lists a waterfall southwest of Nicolson Gap (where AL-68 crosses Sand Mountain). Private property.

Swindell Falls: The USGS lists a waterfall futher southwest of Griffin Falls along Sand Mountain. Private property.

Foggy Bottom Falls: There is a a waterfall on the Foggy Bottom Farms property on Estill Fork. See: http://www.foggybottomfarms.com/

Quarter Creek Falls: The USGS lists a waterfall on Quarter Creek near the Haleyville Country Club. Private property.

Seven Falls: The USGS lists a waterfall on Seven Falls Creek between Battleground and Lacon in Morgan County. Private property? Photos at: http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/569899056NtAynV

Short Creek Falls: The USGS lists a waterfall on Short Creek north of Albertville and the Albertville Golf and Country Club. Private property.

The Falls: I have a record of a waterfall by this name, but cannot find it.

Welcome Falls: Vaguely similar to South Caney Creek Falls in appearance, this Morgan County waterfall is now closed to the public. Photos at: http://www.jeffperryphotography.com/images/Waterfalls/Welcome%20Falls/pages/Welcome-Falls-115_34.html

Waterfall Creek Falls: One of several waterfalls at the Cane Creek Preserve outside of Tuscumbia.

Malone Branch Falls: One of several waterfalls at the Cane Creek Preserve outside of Tuscumbia.

Yellowwood Falls: One of several waterfalls at the Cane Creek Preserve outside of Tuscumbia.

Johnson Falls: One of several waterfalls at the Cane Creek Preserve outside of Tuscumbia.

Karen's Falls: One of several waterfalls at the Cane Creek Preserve outside of Tuscumbia.

Upper Pisgah Falls: One of two waterfalls at Civitan Park in Pisgah. Photos at: http://www.weathermansam.com/photos/2008p/021008pisgah/index.html

Lower Pisgah Falls: One of two waterfalls at Civitan Park in Pisgah. Photos at: http://www.weathermansam.com/photos/2008p/021008pisgah/index.html


Monte Sano Waterfalls: I've never been able to sort out the falls at Monte Sano, because they go by different names, and many appear to be seasonal. There are several. See: http://www.flickr.com/groups/alabamawaterfalls/discuss/72157603857272965/ and http://www.weathermansam.com/photos/2008p/051108montesano/neverseenfalls.html

Neversink Falls: Waterfall that falls into the opening of Neversink Cave on the SCCI preserve property. Closed to the public. Photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/undergroundearth/3302409898/in/pool-alabamawaterfalls

Rainbow Falls: The larger of the two waterfalls at Dismals Canyon, this falls is the first attraction as you enter the canyon. Photos at: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/dismals.html

Lost Falls: The smaller of two waterfalls at at Dismals Canyon, this falls has collected a lot of debris. Photos at: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/dismals.html

Longwood Falls: An artificial falls in Gardendale. Photos and directions: http://waterfalls.szulecki.com/al/longwood.html

280 Falls: There is a fake waterfall in the corporate park at the intersection of Grandview Parkway and US-280.

Walls of Jericho Falls #1: There is a sliding cascade in Walls of Jericho. See: http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1539489197067845837YjHCAj

Walls of Jericho Falls #2: There is a waterfall nestled into a carved nook in Walls of Jericho. See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/outsideshot/3315417858/in/pool-alabamawaterfalls



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4 comments:

Albert said...

"The 68: I think I saw a seasonal waterfall off AL-68 near Guntersville."

Can you be a little more specific on location? I ask because AL-68 ends at AL-75 just north of Albertville. It's Marshall Co 414 between AL-75 and AL-227 (a.k.a. Hustleville Rd.) I thought you were talking about Short Creek Falls, but you had that listed further down the page. Grew up right in there, so I may can help with photos. Living in Arab now, so I'm working the Ragsdale Falls thing.

Albert said...

The 68...can you give me more info about where you were? 68 doesn't go to Guntersville...ends at 75 north of Albertville. Co. Rd. 414 is the connection (a.k.a. Hustleville Rd) between 75 and 227. I grew up over there, so I may be able to track down your falls. Working on permission and pics of Ragsdale Falls (living in Arab now).

There's also a nice falls at Double Bridges (Red Mill) SE'ish of Short Creek Falls, going toward Martling. You can park between the two, climb down and snap away.

JPS said...

Sorry Albert, I don't recall anything specific about the waterfall I think I saw several years ago off 68.

Michael said...

I took a trip out to Seven falls today. GPS to the parking is 34 19.372N 86 57.440W. It is right off Burney Mountain road in Morgan county. Just north of the bridge there is a parking area. I do not have the exact coordinates of the falls from heavy tree coverage i didn't get GPS signal. I would guess about 1/4 mile downstream though. It was very dry earlier today when i went. I would imagine it would take a large amount of rain to get it worth hiking to. The south side of the river on that side of the road is owned by a hunting club. Although fenced off, there is enough room to stay mostly on that side and hike down. I made it there and never crossed any fences.