Phil Campbell, Alabama

Hike to Dismals Canyon Falls

1 Miles Total - 296 ft gain - Loop Trail

Originally added by The Outbound Collective

This family-friendly hike is not only scenic year-round, but is popular for its dismalites (glowworms) in the summertime.

This is a short and pretty trail, great for the whole family. Glowworms, called dismalites, are a special attraction in the summer.

There is a $10 fee for adults, $6.75 for kids. Dogs are allowed on leash.

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Pretty but pricey!

We have been twice during the summer and while it is such pretty scenery and especially for kids to get in the water it costs WAY too much just to experience nature! For me, my husband, and our 4 small kids we paid over $50 to get in!! There are also no bathrooms anywhere near the canyon, so be prepared to walk a good way if you need to use the restroom. The only one is located at the parking lot, so make sure you use it before you go. Also the access down into the canyon is not in the best condition and though my 2 year-old was able to walk it, the wooden stairs are not something an older person would be able to manage easily

You Pay For Broken Hike

The fee has gone up!! Went with my college aged daughter on this hike because it was on her bucket list. After 3 days of hiking the beautiful Sipsey Wilderness waterfall hikes this was embarrassingly bad. The trail is full of commercial signs in bright letters and the water crossings were broken so you could only cross in water shoes. Several people were on the trail with us and were all disappointed. The waterfall is at the ice cream shop at the parking lot and man-made with concrete blocks. We went in the Spring.

Short and sweet

This is a small hike, about a mile. It's such a beautiful place but it's very crowded during the weekends. It also costs $10/person which, I think, is ridiculous.

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