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“Great place for family tent camping”

Noccalula Falls Park & Campground
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Gadsden
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Large park featuring waterfalls.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

The campground has an unusually large number of tent friendly, wooded sites with water and electricity. Both bathhouses were air conditioned and clean. The WIFI was a little spotty and didn't work 2 nights we were there. The said they have only one tower and are in the process of adding a second one since it gets over loaded. We arrived 6/22/13 and the campground was almost full due to the 'Barbarian Challenge' event. It emptied out on Sunday and we were there the entire next week with the place almost to ourselves. The pool was clean and well maintained. I noticed both bathhouses and the pool were handicap accessible with a lift for the pool.

Several families we met the first weekend were locals who enjoyed spending a weekend there and using the pool. One family showed back up on Monday with a load of firewood for me and the kids to use during out stay. Overall a great campground with great campers. Everyone was very friendly.

There are several raccoons in the campground that have been hand fed by campers and are not scared of people. If you're in a tent keep all food in the car. Do not sleep with any food in your tent!

The city park was great for small kids. Mine are 8 and 10 and they enjoyed the train, petting zoo and the hike to the falls. Admission wasn't bad at only $12 for the day for the three of us. A recent review expressed the petting zoo animals didn't look healthy. There was one very poor looking Mule but when I asked it was very old so not unusual to be thin due to bad teeth, etc. There is a free roaming female deer "Sue" that had a baby with her and came right up to be petted. The other animals were inside a fence but were more than happy to hang out within reach for a treat or pet. 7 nights in a tent cost us $106 including tax. My kids started asking on the drive home when we're going back.

4  Thank Nanette S
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

The kids enjoyed it, but I worried for the animals in the petting zoo. They didn't seem well taken care of IMO.

1  Thank kathy c
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

It was great !!We absolutely loved coming here.I lived in Gadsden Al.Came here every weekend as a child and now I get to share this amazing place with my family

Thank Schauers
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Proceed with caution if you are going to do the hike around the gorge in the park...it leads you to believe that it is a 1.5 mile loop, but we spend 2+ miles hiking and came to a dead end and had to turn around and go back the way we came (back around behind the falls, which is beautiful)...the trails are not marked or maintained, so enter at your own risk. We didn't care for the touristy stuff, like the train or the village or petting zoo, but the small kids around us loved it. It's a great family park that you could spend all day at (bring a picnic lunch) since they let you come/go with a wristband. If all you care about is seeing the falls, then don't bother going in the park--you can see the falls from outside it.

Thank xenaht2000
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

I am a landscape photographer. I have visited under normal water conditions only to find the trails into the gorge closed. That is a HUGE disappointment. It is however a great park for families to visit. It is kind of touristy but that is why it is a family attraction. If you want a waterfall that isnt spoiled by development you will have to look around to some of the lesser known falls.

1  Thank Thewaterfallhunter
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