Dismals Canyon

MODERATE 18 reviews

Dismals Canyon is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phil Campbell, AL that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.8 miles 100 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

scramble

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful scenery. However, it's a little pricey for such a short hike.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

It was was an okay hike but I personally did not think it was worth 10 dollars a person. It was not that long and there was to many people for my liking.

hiking
5 months ago

Best hiking in Alabama. There are different trails varying in difficulty.

hiking
5 months ago

fun and beautiful trial, worth the trip parking is tight

5 months ago

6 months ago

Parking was a bit of an issue as there were no traffic flow arrows in the tight quarters parking lot. In the midst of trying to turn around, my truck was scraped by a guard post. The trails aren't marked too well, but are worn well enough to find your way around. We mainly followed the path of other people in sight to see the way they are going. The addition of sand in some areas is for traction I presume and was more of a nusance than of any benefit. Other than that, the hike and view was outstanding

hiking
6 months ago

This is a short and sweet hike. Be prepared to pay $10/person and wait for crowds. I do not recommend coming here during the weekend or peak hours. Overall a beautiful place and must see.

1 year ago

Great hike, a lot of interesting rock formations.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

What a beautiful place! Enjoyed the hike with my family which included our 3 year old. The trail was a little difficult for him but we completed the trail just fine. The staff at Dismals Canyon were very friendly and helpful. Would recommend this to anyone for a quick local, day trip.

Short trail but very pretty

1 year ago

I still haven't been down there to see the Dismalites. maybe this summer!!! :P

nature trips
1 year ago

Really great trail to take the kids on. Went with a group as a homeschoolers field trip...was a blast. We were charged $5.75 per kid grd 1-6 and adults are $8.50. Would not recommend for kids under 5 because there is light climbing involved and the kids we had that were under 5 were not able to finish. We enjoyed it would not mind going again

hiking
2 years ago

MUST SEE! This is the perfect place to take kids. When you first arrive you must register at the gift shop/restaurant. Be prepared you will be charged $10 per adult, $6.75 per child. They do accept cards. The largest water fall is at the very beginning of the trail. Speaking of trail there are trails but it's more like one big play ground. Again making it perfect for kids, not that they can go unattended but you have a highly concentrated area full and features and sites. If you are looking for a trail to knock out several miles this isn't the place. We took every possible trail, site, feature, and even wonder off the area a bit and only logged around 3 miles. If you have children its a great place.

2 years ago

One of The most scenic Trails In this area. Easy to navigate, treacherous in some spots but those areas can be easily avoided. Great for kids. Make sure to get a guide at the visitors area lots of history tied to landmarks in the caverns.

hiking
3 years ago

Surprisingly lovely trail; I say surprisingly because it kind of appears out of nowhere :) completely hidden from the world around it, Dismals has some nice rocks, a pretty stream, and a very cool, removed feel to it

hiking
4 years ago

This is one of those hidden gems that is a must see. Make sure you come for the day and the evening as both are well worth the stay. During the day explore the canyon which can take as long or as short as you would like. Lots of trails and side trails to explore, from easy to moderate. Wade below rainbow falls or have a picnic on the canyon floor. But most important don't forget to come back after dark to watch the dismalites light up the canyon walls. A truly spectacular show! The folks managing the park are awesome to work with and do everything they can to make sure you have a great time. We had a great trip.