Dismals Canyon – located in Northwest Alabama – is an 85 acre Nature Conservatory privately owned and operated. It is not a State Park or National Park. However, it was designated a “National Natural Landmark” in 1975 by the National Natural Landmarks Program. Dismals Canyon is located at 901 Highway 8, Phil in Campbell, Alabama. For more information, click here.

Take a couple of hours to hike the canyon floor and experience this beautiful sunken forest. Explore the strange and beautiful labyrinth of caverns and grottos. The canyon is currently closed, but there are plans to reopen very soon. You can check their website for schedule updates here.

A 1.5 mile hiking trail on the canyon floor follows Dismals Branch through sky-reaching boulders, past thundering waterfalls, into a secret world of mossy-green and pearl-gray filled with ferns and giant trees.

Photo Credit to Amanda Morrison

Located in northwest Alabama, Dismals Canyon was originally occupied nearly 10,000 years ago by Paleoamericans.  This is truly a hidden gem you need to see to believe.

Photo Credit to Russell Brown

Explore the strange and beautiful labyrinth of caverns, grottos and small slot canyons formed by massive house-size boulders broken off the towering bluffs and strewn about by geological events going back to the Paleozoic era – 300 million years ago.

Photo Credit to Shannon Williams

This natural wonder contains one of the oldest primeval forests east of the Mississippi River untouched by ax or fire that is open to the public. Ticket prices range from $8.75 to $20.00, and are worth every penny.

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