photo by Scott Neverdusky
Such a Beautiful Place to Hike!! The Trails are as you’ve stepped back in Time!!
Six of us went and we had an awesome time! We were glad that we had to go during the day because it is beautiful! We didn’t know that we had to buy tickets for the night tour a week in advance. That’s okay, it means that we have to go back next week!
Highly recommended to outdoor lovers but be prepared for a lot of walking.
If you’re looking for a great little day trip, this is the place to go. Just be prepared for a great hike!
Wow what a Adventure we had!
A true Alabama treasure! Make sure to tour during day and book a time for the night tour with local biologist. Fascinating! I came back and told so many people about it.
Good family fun
Awsome trail through the canyon. Great time.
Beautiful place / hermoso lugar histórico
Great place to take your family and hike.
An Alabama gem!
We stayed in the cabins on a stormy Friday & Saturday night. The cabins are very cozy & the queen beds are comfortable. There is a cell booster & direct tv but don’t expect to get much service even right next to the booster. It was nice to “disconnect” for the weekend. There are some games & books provided so the kids had a great time playing card games. The metal roof made for great sleep during the stormy night. At one point lighting hit close to our cabin & maintenance came right up as soon as we called to fix the tripped breaker & check on everything. Everyone we encountered working there was friendly & eager to help. The canyon hike was absolutely gorgeous. The trails can be precarious at times & you will have to walk through water half way through so make sure to bring good sandals or tennis shoes with traction & that you don’t mind getting wet. It’s only about 2 miles & fairly easy to navigate, not sure about elderly, but our kids were 7-12 & they went through fine. The thick moss, clear water & canopy of trees makes the air nice & cool. Because of the dismalites, you don’t have to worry about getting bit by mosquitos which is nice. It started raining during both our night & day tours but we barely felt it because of the thick canopy of trees & canyon coverings. The night tour was about 30 min long & our tour guide Brittney was very friendly & knowledgeable. The adults & kids all loved it & the “glow worms” were so beautiful. Highly recommended- just remember to book ahead of time. The cafe was so cute & service was friendly- be patient if it’s busy because there is usually only one cook preparing food. She did a great job & the burgers are fantastic. The kids loved the milkshakes & ice cream counter! The porch area outside the gift shop is brand new & very nice. The entire place has a soothing, relaxing feel to it. So despite all the rain, we had an amazing time & got to enjoy nature. This is truly a hidden gem in Alabama. We felt right at home & can’t wait to go back.
Beautiful place. The waterfall’s and scenery is breathtaking. They have camping and cabin’s. Great for the outdoor person. Will be going back.
What an amazing experience for a family hike. Be certain to wear good hiking shoes or boots.
Good time, will go back, great adventure time for kids.
Dismals Canyon is a nice place to visit! The staff is very friendly, the store is inviting and the experience is adventurous. As you descend into the Canyon, the sound of rushing water welcomes you. The beauty of Rainbow Falls starts you on your journey to what feels like an enchanted forest. Every twisted tree root wrapped around a moss covered boulder tells a story and every path invites you to explore deeper. The trails are not marked and sometimes seem to disappear or come to an abrupt end so a sense of curiosity and the desire to explore beyond what the eye can see is a must for those wanting to enjoy the adventure. It’s almost like a maze. Some trails are hidden under foliage or behind a boulder which adds to the mystery. This is the perfect place for those wanting to explore nature without the worries of getting lost. It is not a place for the hardcore adventure seekers looking for an edge. The trails are pretty simple to hike with a few places that make you stop and slow down either because it is a little tricky to navigate or because it is so beautiful that you want to stop and take it all in. If you love nature and have a sense of adventure, Dismals Canyon is a worth checking out at least once.
Oh my goodness, loved this place! It’s a very short hike, but there are rocks and roots to be careful of. Wear good shoes and enjoy!! I know I did! :-)
This place is amazing for a first date
This is a must see if you enjoy unique beautiful nature! When on the trail you feel like you are in a far away place! It is So beautiful with the large rocks, caves, creek and trees. The biggest leaves on a tree we’ve ever seen! We also enjoyed a good lunch at the cafe after our hike!
A unique place for hiking. Beautiful surroundings
I can’t wait to go again. Nice easy hike.
I’ve been going here since I was born, and this is my absolute favorite place I’ve ever been to. It’s always been my getaway from any and everything. I plan on bringing my entire in-law family this summer, plus my family! They’ve never been there before and I just cannot wait to show them all of my favorite spots in the canyon!! I always loved how they let you explore on your own. I found a ton of spots that nobody ever goes to that are just stunning, and I cannot wait to show these spots off to my children!! The plant and animal life here just keeps me speechless every time I am there. I love swimming under the falls, seeing the beautiful creeks and streams, feeling the water drip off of the caves onto my skin, navigating my way through the caves, visiting the amazing glow worms, searching the country store for their coolest items, and just so much more!! This is my all time favorite place that I’ve ever been to, and I will continue visiting every time it gets warm!!
This place is so special. Magical. Quirky. Waterfall campsites. Really love it !
Alabama is such a beautiful place and that beauty shines here. Fantastic
Great place for a short adventure! They have made many improvements to the facilities and the canyon is beautiful.
This place is amazing for a light hike! The store is really cool!
Just plain awesome!
Great walk through some awesome rocks and riverways. Went on a rainy day and added even more atmosphere to the place.
Fun place to go. I brought my kids. But would love to go back without them. Beautiful scenic trails. Some of it was hard to maneuver so good comfy shoes are a must.
One of Nature’s most beautiful places. People are friendly, food was good and family oriented. Will go back again!
We took the family for the night tour and it was great!
Great place to visit. We took our 8 and 5 yr olds and had a good time on the trail.
This place is a treasure. There are so many wonderful sites within 1.5 mile loop
Amazing! Gorgeous and very knowledgeable staff.
This place is incredible! Worth the drive to spend a few hours here. Great burgers too.
Hot, but fun. Loved the cafe and store.
Love this place! It was very beautiful and a lot of fun!
Nice place to visit very unique.
Cant wait to go again! We went during the day. All was beautiful. Nice walk, too!
Great place to visit no smoking good spots for swimming to cool off good food an gift shop
We had a great time at the canyon. Our group ranged from 70 years old down to 4 years old and everyone was able to go pretty much everywhere.
Very nice.cool on a hot summer day!
Enjoyed the 1.2 mile loop thru Dismals Canyon on a very relaxing and perfect weather day. Me, my wife and our 2 golden doodles enjoyed the beautiful canyon settings, the cool temperatures, the peacefulness of area and the dogs enjoyed the fresh streams where they could trounce around and also drink the cool waters. The pleasant surprise/ reward at the end was a cool drink and a great meal from the cafe. The food & the hospitality were great!