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Dismals Canyon, Haleyville

Categories: Canyons, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Dismals Canyon is a sandstone gorge near Phil Campbell in Franklin County, Alabama. It was declared a National Natural Landmark in May 1974.Dismals Canyon is one of only a few places where insects called dismalites can be found. The larval forms of these flies emit a bright blue-green light to attract food and mates. They cover the canyon wall.The canyon is home to two waterfalls, Secret Falls and Rainbow Falls, and six natural bridges.Dismals Canyon is operated commercially as part of an 85acre 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.Historical connectionsChickasaw Native Americans were held captive in the canyon for two weeks before embarking on a forced journey along the Trail of Tears. Several outlaws have allegedly hidden in the canyon, including Jesse James and Aaron Burr.
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  • Recently stayed two nights in Cabin #2 at Dismals Canyon. What a wonderful trip! Hiked the canyon the first day and had a blast. It's not too bad of a hike but can be rough in places. The second night...  read more »
  • The canyon is worth a day trip, but camping has to many rules. You are LOCKED IN after 6pm, so forget about exploring the neighboring town at night. Also, you can be out and about after dusk. I would ...  read more »
  • Dismals Canyon is an interesting and fascinating outdoor wonderland. As you approach the entrance (on your left on County Road 8), you will probably see cars parked on the side of the road. There is a...  read more »
  • We arrived a little late in the day, a few minutes before closing, but thought we would check it out anyway and see if it was worth coming back for. We spent a few minutes checking out the store and the little cafe, then decided we better go have a look at the canyon before the store closes. So we spent about 10 minutes in the canyon and headed back to the store. On the way past the register the guy behind it said "Hey, that'll be $25 to leave". I laughed. The woman customer standing there looked at me and said "He's not kidding". He wasn't. He immediately went into "Either pay the money or I call the law". Wow. We had no choice. I gave him the money along with a few words of wisdom. There were two other families in the same boat with us also had to PAY TO LEAVE. I've never heard of such a thing. This is wrong on so many levels. I would not recommend supporting this privately owned business on what used to be land owned by Indians, I am told. We were fooled by the "National Landmark" sign. Don't be.
  • Pros, Good if it is an hour journey. Website is better No dangerous creatures Good for aged people's Small trails Rooms in best wing hotels Cons, Night tour waste of money. one semi natural water falls One small water (natural I guess) No adventurous and amazing scenarios no proper guidelines 2.5$ Can of drink 🤔 Conclusion: if you are first time for any trails and it is less than an hour journey and you are dam bored and planing for less expensive tour choose this option.
  • I had a wonderfully romantic, time at Dismals Canyon, with my fiancé, a few year's ago.. I went back to celebrate memories, shared with my loved one.. It's still as wonderful and beautiful as ever! Only with updated features. Looking for a really romantic and special place? "Dismals Canyon" is that, exquisite, place!"
  • We loved this place. We didnt get there in time to walk the whole trail. Didnt know we had to be out by 7. The night tour was great too. We plan to go back.
  • Camping at and touring the Dismals was amazing. The Dismalites (glowing worms) were really cool.