Dismals Canyon

MODERATE 66 reviews

Dismals Canyon is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Phil Campbell, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
26 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

rocky

scramble

3 days ago

Trail was very easy and short. It was very beautiful, the waterfalls were not what I was expecting but still beautiful. The only negative thing I have to say is it cost my daughter and myself $20 to hike for a couple of hours, just seems like too much. Especially on our way out the older lady that was working was yelling at my 6 year old and I that we had 3 minutes to get our while we were walking up the steps. I think I will stick to the free outdoors but worth seeing once.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
4 days ago

My family and i have been several time. This place is absolutely beautiful. We usually take our lab also he loves playing in the water!

1 month ago

It was very pretty. I thought it was a little pricey.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a "wonders of the world" experience since dismalites (or glow worms) are exclusive to this canyon. It was phenomenal and would love to come back. Definitely worth checking of my bucket list!

hiking
3 months ago

Do the canyon during the day...don't expect a light show or anything during the night tour...

I feel like the top area has become too built up. Half finished walls, fountains, Electronic gates, pool patios above dam...bizarre. I don't know why they just haven't kept it as rustic as possible...

hiking
4 months ago

I loved our camping spot, I loved the hike...I am rating it a 2 because the cost of the tour was too expensive for what it was. I would go back for just the hike.

5 months ago

Dismals Canyon is not open year around as stated on this ap. It’s closed from December through February

nature trips
7 months ago

My family and i went here for the night dismal viewing. The pictures on the website are not what you will see. -fair warning-. We were so disappointed in that. we did see some glow in the dark dismals. I would describe it as little pins of light on a dark cabe wall. Also we have 30 people looking at a 25 ft wall on a cave and see 4 pins of light and that was all. The guide (who was very knowledgeable and helpful) tells u all about these creatures and that this is a unique thing to see, but this website is very very misleading. We had to pay $10 each and it was ok for the money. I wouldnt recommend it unless u went during the day too. we walked along some nice caves but could enjoy the scenery because it was dark. If u go see it during the day and night so you can enjoy it both ways.

hiking
8 months ago

Park Entrance
N3419.642 W08746.946
Easy Hike

hiking
10 months ago

Simply a must for a hiker or camper.

hiking
10 months ago

LOVED this place!!! Did the night tour and also day hiked. We camped at Sleeping Water by a waterfall which was very private. Absolutely beautiful!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Grandkids and I had a great time, I want to go back!

nature trips
11 months ago

AMAZING OVERALL. You can't miss the night tour to see the dismalites (glow worms). It was perfect for the kids (5yrs girl and 9yrs boy).

11 months ago

very pretty place. my family liked the hiking and going off on the side trails. We enjoy swimming in the falls rather than the hole ur supposed to swim in. i did think the price of admission was a little high, but we had a great time.

11 months ago

short hike, unless you have a 5yr old.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beautiful place!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

So pretty! We camped under a cave shelf. Beautiful hike with lots of water. Wear water shoes.

hiking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Amazing place, easy hike, beautiful place! Cant wait to come back!!!!

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

This is a very beautiful trail with waterfalls, large boulders, and lots of hidden gems (side trails).

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beautiful!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

First timer. Lots of steps. Slim areas. Was very pretty.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Very interesting place but short hike. The night Dismalite tour is worth the money.

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This place is so beautiful. Definitely a must visit!!

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

ONLY OPEN WEEKENDS! OPENS IN MARCH! We were going to do this trail yesterday but sadly should have looked on the website. Can't wait to try it later in the year though!

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

I have been going to dismals since I was a little girl. It is absolutely beautiful. some parts of the trail are a little rough, but worth it.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Love this trail. The only thing is that it can be hard to follow. Got a little lost a few times. Never to far from the trail. I got some great views because of it. Also some of the creek crossings are worn out and washed away so you have to go to the end of the canyon to cross a makeshift crossing to get back on trail. Other than that is is great.

hiking
Friday, September 02, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

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
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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

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