Alabama Day Trip: Noccalula Falls Park
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Have you ever been to Noccalula Falls in Alabama?
A Beautiful Park With a Story
If you are looking for a great day trip, then may I please recommend going to Gadsden, Alabama. Noccalula Falls is another great day trip in Alabama.
It is the home to this 250 acre park which is open to the general public. The park has been registered with the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage since the late 1970s. This park features a train ride around the entire park, a petting zoo, the states second largest botanical gardens and many artifacts and carvings pertaining to the Civil War era. A mini put put golf course is on the grounds as well as a campground. This place has a lot to do but, if you like learning about the past, and sight seeing, this place has what you want in a park. There is also a gift shop located at the park with merchandise related to the park.
Noccalula Falls tells the Legend of a young Indian girl who jumped into the waterfall and killed herself because her father ordered her to marry a man she did not love. This is a beautiful love story from Alabama. This is a story that happens a lot with young girls back during this era. A bronze statue hangs over the edge of the cliff near the waterfall. The statue was actually made of thousands upon thousands of pennies that school children collected to help erect the statue in the mid 1960s. The waterfall drops into The Black Creek Ravine as it is aptly titled.
Across from the falls is a large picnic area and the scenery is something to behold. It is free to come to the park and it only costs to ride the train, play golf or to camp out. Taking pictures and filming the park is allowed and it is smart to zoom in on the statue and all the carvings because they are a big part on history for the state of Alabama. The park has had minor repairs and some reconstruction to preserve its natural beauty. Special events are held at the park every year including: concerts, flea markets, Civil War reenactments and sight seeing tours for the Christmas Holidays. Money and time are donated to help with the up keep of the park. This is a beautiful back drop for so many different events. The City of Gadsden decorates the park during November and December with Christmas trees, lights and other holiday ornaments. Two of the most sentimental and memorable things at this humongous park are the Pioneer Village and the wedding ceremonies. The Pioneer Village features old time hand made log cabin homes along with being decorated in an 1800s style and weddings can be performed in or outdoors anywhere in the park although there is a Chapel in the center of the park itself. The park closes during the winter months except for a brief time right before Christmas.
This is state wide attraction to go and visit.
The cliff where the bronze Native American statue sits is a 90 foot drop into the waterfall. Kayakers sometimes make their way to Noccalula falls to ride the waterfall from top to bottom which is very brave indeed. This is very dangerous and requires practice and lots of protective gear to accomplish. This is not for the faint of heart. These brave souls live to brag about it later.
This park has a storied history and it has something for everyone whether your an adult or a child. If you like to be outside this place is perfect for family reunions or any other family get together. Also, the back drop of the waterfall and Native American statue are perfect additions if your taking pictures and making memories. Do not forget to take in all the natural beauty around you because photos are great but, seeing it in person picture is the most lasting memory and satisfying one you will ever need. Also, if you have a video camera this would be the time to use it. Many beautiful scenes await you at this park and what better way to capture it than by putting it on live film. With camera phones now, we are able to show everyone instantly where we are and what we are doing. The visitors that come here to visit, usually bring their young kids, kids and even teens. Adults look they are a little partial to the scenery as well.
This is not only a place that is made for visitors but, local residents come here and make good use of the park.
Visiting this park during the fall season is a great time to take it easy. This time of the year the trees are gorgeous with there bright fall colors. The weather starts to cool down during this time as well.
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