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Noccalula Falls and Historic Gorge via Black Creek Trail

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Noccalula Park

Noccalula Falls and Historic Gorge via Black Creek Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail located near Gadsden, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 314 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Cave

Partially paved

Waterfall

Rocky

Scramble

No dogs

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Reviews (157)
Photos (147)
Recordings (103)
Completed (374)
kyle standridge
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Path to the gorge is NOT marked and can be very long if you go the wrong way.

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Daniyelle Pedersen
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Hiking

Nice park. If you want to get off the paved path, take the trail to the suspension bridge from the gorge entrance. Not for young children.

Heather Blair
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Hiking

Beautiful family friendly park and trails.

Dionne Rodgers
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HikingMuddy

Parked by chapel and descended down by the bench just past the viewing area. Primitive “path” that is basically scaling down rocks that puts you close to the falls. Moderate climb down rocks. Go slow to maneuver down the rocks as this is not an official trail and unseasoned hikers shouldn’t try. Took the entire trail to the suspension bridge to return. Waterfall is amazing and cool legend associated with the name

Emily McMichen
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HikingMuddyRocky

Parked by the chapel and took the gravel road to the gorge hike. The main trail is connected with several smaller trails leading to various places and there’s not a lot of signage for the trail so it’s very easy to get off the main trail but as long as you follow the river you will end at the falls. The area under the falls is very muddy and slick. However, all the effort was worth the amazing view. We took our pups and they did ok but all the rocks and mud make it a little harder for them.

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Kelly Hammack
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Hiking

Wish there were more signs on ways to get out. We left after 5 so had to jump the fence to get to the car because I didn’t realize that you did not have to pay to hike the trail. If you just want to hike down go towards to falls and get down there that way instead of going to the park entrance. My 3 year old completed it with us (with 4 other children) so we went slow and played a lot, but it was lots of fun. The plants were amazing, but only wildlife we saw were .

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Lori Glassman
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Dan Wiley
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Hiking

Challenging at times but a beautiful trail to experience. Walk under Falls is slippery at times but definitely worth the effort.

Jan Gangraw
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Just follow the trail. They could use more signs at intersections. Be sure to go behind the falls, but very slippery so be careful!!

Clint West
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

the trail that's suggested stays in concrete or gravel paths and takes you to the pay to enter part if the park at the start. Too easy and boring. if you go past the pavilion just a little way there is a Gorge Entrance sign pointing you down the path. You can climb down here and get to the falls quicker and the come back past that point and continue by the banks for a long while. after the suspension bridge you can turn back around and find the path back to the campground. pretty rocky so wouldn't recommend flip flops. my plotted course is actually fun and moderate difficulty.

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Danny L.
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Que Nowell
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Hiking

We absolutely loved this hike. We had a good time on top of the falls and an even better time behind the falls. The trek was very fun

April Kee
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Hiking

We decided to make a 3.3 mile loop starting at the Wedding chapel (which is free). If you go to the Black creek trail and take a right to the suspension bridge and loop back around the gorge trail which takes you behind the falls. There is a trail off the gorge path that takes you down to the beachy area of the falls where you can take a swim. After this it was a quick trek out. This was a moderate hike but my bouncy 4yr old and my less bouncy 64yr old mom and dad both made the hike so it can be that bad. We did have to help both over the very slippery rocks behind the falls but it was not a big deal. My 3 kids enjoyed swimming and we went early at 9:45 so we avoided a big crowd and had lunch at the water before hiking out. We found the trails pretty easy to find and taking a picture of the trails on the big board at the start along w all trails gps was enough. Fun hike, mostly shaded and great waterfall!

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Kennedy Allen
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Hiking

Awesome trail! I was a bit sad that there were no evident indications of which path leads you where when headed down to the bottom of the waterfall.. Overall, beautiful park and I will definitely go again to explore the other trails!

Phillip Dawson
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HikingRocky

Take the Gorge trail to the falls. Be sure to go behind the falls to experience something very unique. Beautiful place. The hike can be strenuous at times based on the path you choose to take. Overall, the property is amazing and a great place for any level of hiking enthusiast.

Alayna Owens
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Hiking

The directions for this trail take you to the free parking. We stayed on the gravel trail for a few minutes, then made our way down to the river. We explored in both directions once down there, but climbed up some rocks pretty close to the falls to get back on the gravel trail to end our hike. Pretty rocky, so not something I would recommend for children or dogs.

Shawn Smith
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HikingRocky

What a fantastic find. This place is amazing. Quite slippery under the falls. But what do you expect. About a 3.5 mile loop. Well worth the time

Nate Johnson
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Hiking

Ok, so we came here trying to find a great hike. The maps we had access to were for biking. We asked around and got some general directions. Park by the chapel and take the Black Creek Trail back past Cascade Bridge. Just beyond, there is an access point down to the river. Take it and head down stream. Follow to the Suspension Bridge, cross it and double back. The trail gets a little choppy, but it’s marked and you won’t lose it so long as you follow the river. This trail will end up taking you up and behind the water fall. Continue around and follow the trail for 1/2 mi until you see the sign pointing to the campgrounds. It will take you back up to the BCT and get you back to the parking lot. This was about 3.5mi, and mostly easy but there’s opportunity to climb rocks or not, some scrambles but nothing really tricky. Really pretty hike with lots to see. Great find!

Mandie K
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Hiking

Just wanted to point out that it says “no dogs” on this trail. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the paid part of the park; however, they are allowed, on leash, on the (free) Black Creek Trails, which are located on the same grounds. You can still see the waterfall from the Black Creek Trails if you have a pup you want to take along :)

Melissa Henry
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Hiking

The falls are a Beautiful place to visit. We will definitely go back!!

Michelle LaSenna
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Hiking

Absolutely Beautiful...some of the terrain was hard to get through...went all the way around then too the trails until I reached the waterfall...ded worth it!

Hiker Chik
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HikingRocky

The view behind the waterfall is definitely worth it.

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Brent Ammons
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HikingRocky

Great hike. The swimming hole below the waterfall was a relaxing swim and great way to cool off! There are also some decent sized fish in the Creek.

Isabella Quintero
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Hiking

Not a difficult road to get to this beautiful destination. A beautiful trail leading up to the waterfall. Any age can do it wear close toed shoes. During the summer time the snakes like to warm up on rocks so be mindful where you put your hands/step when it comes to sunny rocks. This trail can be short or long depending on where you start. I advise that you park right outside the campground area because it is FREE. Follow the gravel trail down to the sign says, “suspension bridge” once you see that turn left to go to the waterfall. The suspension bridge is also pretty to see, it is only a short walk at the sign turn right to see the bridge. If you have the time you can swim/picnic in the body of water the falls are pouring into. PSA definitely wear bug spray. Enjoy the hike!

Panduranga Nayak
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