Magical Waterfalls of North Alabama

Thanks to the flowing waters of the Tennessee River, North Alabama boasts the most beautiful waterfalls on either side of the Appalachians.

Explore for a day or a weekend getaway

These stunning falls are surrounded by nature to hike, spots to photograph, and, in some cases, wineries to relax. Read a snippet about each below or print the guide to take with you on your adventure.




Our waterfalls are close enough to each other that you can visit several in a day and experience them all in a long weekend. Check out our Mobile Passport for locations.


1. Bethel Spring Falls

Bethel Spring Nature Preserve on Keel Mountain offers hikers two miles of free trails to explore as well as one of Madison County’s largest waterfalls. The waterfall is impressive enough above ground but continues its descent into a cave below, flows downhill underground, and exits through a spring at the base of the mountain. All the trails create a 1.3 mile loop leading to and from the waterfall. This hike is difficult due to change in elevation and some slippery and/or rocky areas.

Spring Park

2. Coldwater Falls at Spring Park

The man-made Coldwater Falls was constructed with over 2,000 tons of sandstone and today sees more than 4.3 million gallons of water flow each day. Wheelchair accessible.

DeSoto State Park

3. DeSoto Falls

One of the most photographed points of interest in Alabama, DeSoto Falls is also one of the tallest (107 ft.) and most visited waterfall locations in the state. The waterfall has a concrete dam above the falls, which was built in 1925 for Alabama's first hydroelectric power plant, which is of historical significance.

4. Grace’s High Falls

At over 700 feet high, the seasonal Grace’s High Falls offers unparalleled views of similar creeks and waterfalls throughout your exploration. Wheelchair accessible.

5. High Falls

The park at High Falls features a natural bridge at the bottom of falls, along with a walking bridge that crosses over the waterfall.

6. Kinlock Falls

Located along Hubbard Creek in the Bankhead National Forest, Kinlock Falls offers a magnificent view and an area where people come to swim.

7. Lacefield Falls

Wild streams, box canyons, waterfalls, rock shelters, and sandstone bluffs encompass the 700 acres of Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve where you’ll find Lacefield Falls.

Little River Canyon National Preserve

8. Little River Falls

Located at the north end of America’s deepest and most extensive canyon systems east of the Mississippi, Little River Falls is surrounded by 14,000 acres of beauty. Wheelchair accessible.

9. Mardis Mill Falls

Mardi Mills — aka Graves Creek Falls — is located on Grave’s Creek (hence the nickname) which feeds into the Black Warrior River.

10. Noccalula Falls Park

Nestled among the trees in the park is a pioneer village, a group of rustic, hand-hewn log buildings representing a display of pioneer living conditions, included in the village is a country store, grist mill, covered bridge, pioneer home, smokehouse, blacksmith shop and more. Other park attractions include a War Memorial and Museum, botanical gardens, hiking trails, a sightseeing train, a playground, carpet golf, picnic pavilions, wedding chapel and honeymoon cabins, and meeting facilities. Wheelchair accessible.

11. Pisgah Gorge Falls

At a total of 600 feet spread out over 1.5 miles, Pisgah Gorge Falls includes two large waterfalls that are each close to 100 feet tall.

Dismals Canyon

12. Rainbow Falls at Dismals Canyon

In the area surrounding Rainbow Falls, you’ll find pristine wilderness, romantic cabins, secluded campsites, hiking, swimming, canoeing, wildflowers, a country store and more.

13. Turkey Foot Falls

Rich in Native American and pioneer history, Turkey Foot Falls is just a 30-minute walk from the Sipsey River Recreation Area and picnic grounds.

14. Wilson Dam Falls

Boasts one of the highest, single-lift locks in the world. Construction on the dam began during World War I, TVA was created in 1933. The lock is accessible to visitors Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the year. Wheelchair accessible.

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