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Dismals Canyon, Haleyville

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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 (Orfelia fultoni, a distant relative of Arachnocampa) 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 85-acre (34 ha) 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.

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  • We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the Dismal Canyon. We stayed at the rather upscale cabins in the middle of beautifully maintained grounds. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning... 
    We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the Dismal Canyon. We stayed at the rather upscale cabins in the middle of beautifully maintained grounds. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning...  more »
  • This place was absolutely magical. We did the day hike and a night tour. It had been raining the day we went which made it feel like a rainforest fairy land. As others have said, the trails are... 
    This place was absolutely magical. We did the day hike and a night tour. It had been raining the day we went which made it feel like a rainforest fairy land. As others have said, the trails are...  more »
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  • This place is certifiably epic, magical and wonderful. Privately owned with very quirky owners. Each campsite has a waterfall. The glow worms exist in only 2 places in the world (here and New Zealand). In the day time, you pass through all these caverns completely covered in moss and with a misty fog that permeates everywhere. It's dreamy. Such a special place that I hope is preserved and lasts forever and love the family history/ownership. Keep up the work!
  • Absolutely magical!!! Highly recommend. But be ready for a lot of stairs. Not good for disabled person. But ohhhh so worth it if you can handle doing it. So pretty. So natural. Love it so much!!!!

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