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“Noccalalula State Park and Falls in Gadsden, Alabama”

Noccalula Falls Park & Campground
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Gadsden
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Large park featuring waterfalls.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Traveling west on I-59 thru Alabama saw a sign for Noccalula Falls. Easy to get to from I- 59. Admission very reasonable, just $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for Seniors. Took the train ride around the park to see a Pioneer Villiage and beautiful gardens. Then hiked down to the gorge trail for a photo op beneath the Falls. Great Photo opportunity. The park has many other activities such as a playground, miniture golf, campsites, RV sites with full hookups, cabins, other hiking trails and a souvenir shop. Upon leaving the park stopped above the Falls for more photo ops from a paved walkway where the Noccalula Statue overlooks the Falls. .

2  Thank Paul H
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Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

The falls and history are very interesting here, definitely worth the visit. If you can find a way to get onto the rocks down a ways from the falls, rock climbing/jumping is a very fun way to get to the falls, rather than climbing down very steep stairs to get there.

1  Thank Adambomb95
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Pulled off of the interstate on the way to the Tennessee Aquarium (great place to visit and see), but should not have stopped here. Hard to find and a bad section of town. Now that well kept up and the employees were not friendly or helpful. Would not recommend or return here.

4  Thank William B
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Nice park to stroll - have a nice walking path with native plants/flowers, a petting zoo (though the goats got a bit too friendly), a train that tours the park and of course, the falls. If you have the right shoes you can even walk down to the falls - note, the stairs are steep and rocks slippery but worth seeing. You can always see the falls from the visitor viewing areas. The only comment is that I really wish the City would spend a little time cleaning the Pioneer Village part of the park. It was very interesting but filled with cobwebs, dust, leaves and pinecones. Seems this part of the park has been neglected.

3  Thank CathyK76837
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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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