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Dismal Canyons in Phil Campbell, Alabama

Updated on April 17, 2017

The Beauty of The Canyons

The waterfalls at the Dismal caverns are a beautiful sight indeed and the waterfalls are amazing.
The waterfalls at the Dismal caverns are a beautiful sight indeed and the waterfalls are amazing.
The Dismal caverns entrance in Phil Campbell, Alabama. It's a long journey from one end to the other but it's well worth the trip.
The Dismal caverns entrance in Phil Campbell, Alabama. It's a long journey from one end to the other but it's well worth the trip. | Source
The sights are breathtaking at the Dismals. Their is no shortage of sights to see and things to do at the Dismals.
The sights are breathtaking at the Dismals. Their is no shortage of sights to see and things to do at the Dismals. | Source

The General Store

The Dismals Canyon has been recognized as a National Natural Landmark since 1974. It is a winding trail through the trees over the streams and through the rocks. It is a great place to visit for the day. It can be reached by most of the state of Alabama within a few hours. It is a very beautiful place to visit, if you love the outdoors and easy hiking.

Wearing a pair of good closed toe hiking boots or tennis shoes are a must. You enter the park and the start of the trail through the rustic general store. There are souvenirs and at the store, you can purchase, chips, drinks, crackers and candy. At the general store is where you must purchase a ticket for the hike. The store itself is made up to look very old and it's a throwback to times past. Imagine if you were the first people to the area, or so you thought, until you came up on this general store. Not to mention, the beautiful scenery that this area has to offer. I don't know what is more enjoyable the waterfalls, trails, rocks or just exploring nature. I would imagine, you wouldn't know what to think but, at the same time, you would be grateful for such a place.

You can also camp in the park. There are camps next to the creek side or next to a cave here are cabins that are available to rent but, the park's website says it only has two cabins. With a place as beautiful as this, a lot of people want to sleep out under the stars in the campground. The park also is closed during the winter months and once again, on their website it says they will return in March. The trails are clearly marked. There are picture opportunities,

This is a neat place to visit and it's a destination that you can get to in a few hours from most places that are north east, north west, and mid-state. The trail itself is just like a big circle with little trails that go off the big one. The trails are clearly marked and you take the self guided walking tour. Get a map from the store that brings to light the points of interests along the trail. Be sure to bring the camera because, there are all kinds of picture opportunities in The Dismals. The trails are easy for walking or hiking. It is interesting to look around in this area and to know that people in our past once passed through this area, like our ancestors and Native Americans camped here.

Birds and other animals are always frolicking about the caverns and the flowers and bushes are a wonderful addition to the park. The inside of the canyons are full of stories and wonders for the eye and the mind. If there is ever a place worth exploring to gain knowledge about the outdoors, trees and plants in our area and just the history that is here, this is a super place for the family.

The Dismals. Also, The store has maps and books that explain all about the cave and it's historical importance.

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The Trails

After walking out of The General Store, you go out onto this incredible deck/patio area.

The park has the tables and umbrellas set up to eat at or just to take a rest. You can take as long as you like at this spot or any other at the park. The deck over looks the largest waterfall that flows into and through this area. You go down several flights of stairs to get to the floor of the trails down below. The waterfall, falls right next to the trail. There are two waterfalls on this egihty-five acre preserve. If it was up to me, I think I could just sit out on the patio, read a good book and listen to the waterfall.

The walking trail is a large circle so, it doesn't matter which way you go on the trails. Eventually, the trails will end up in the same location so, it doesn't matter which way that you travel first. There are waterfalls, large rocks with moss and ferns. There are beautiful streams, plants, rocks and nature. This is a great family place to go.

The Dismals are known for being a sandstone gorge. If you are into history, sightseeing or both then the nature trails will make for a fun time.

National Natural Landmark

Dismal Canyons is a national natural landmark. Thousands of visitors flock to the park each and every year.
Dismal Canyons is a national natural landmark. Thousands of visitors flock to the park each and every year. | Source

Interesting Park Facts

In the area of the park, that spans about seventy five acres, there's plenty of wildlife to see. I did learn one thing that I didn't know and that is about the Dismals.

They are also referred to as glow worms. Visitors come from different states and even different countries to see the glow worms. Be sure and check this park out if your ever in Alabama and see what cool things you may discover along the way.

Do not forget to bring a camera so that you can snap pictures or better yet film all the sights for future viewing. Having picnics or just bringing family or friends to the Dismals just for kicks and relaxing is also a great idea. This park is worth visiting several times but the first time is the very best.

If you have ever been in a cave or canyon please share your experience with me in the comments capsule which is located at the bottom of this hub. Also, I would like to know if you have ever visited The Dismals.

Location of the Dismals

Dismal Canyons in Alabama

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Dismals in Phil Campbell, Alabama

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a beautiful sounding place! I would love to hike in the Dismals someday. Thanks for introducing many of us to this site in Alabama. Up, useful, beautiful and interesting votes.

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