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Dismals Canyon, Haleyville

#17 of 63 in Nature in Alabama
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.In filmThe location was used to film a segment for the Discovery Channel documentary When Dinosaurs Roamed America. That segment was set in Late Cretaceous New Mexico (Moreno Hill Formation).
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  • If I only looked at the beauty of the canyon I would give it 5 stars, but one also has to consider if the maintenance has been properly taken care of. It needs maintenance to be done to correct some h...  more »
  • We've been going to Dismals Canyon for years. We have tent camped, stayed in the cabins and day tripped. All three are lots of fun. The canyon is always beautiful in any season and we always come back...  more »
  • 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!
  • 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!!💖

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