• Activities:

    Chillin, Swimming

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

For any thrill seekers, High Falls is bound to get your blood pumping! Epic cliffs to dive from, beautiful waterfalls to stand beneath, and minimal crowds are all in store for anyone visiting the park!

This park is fairly small and definitely off the beaten path on Alabama's back roads, so be sure to pay attention to which streets you're on.

From Birmingham or Chattanooga, take Interstate 59 to Exit 218 in Fort Payne. Take Highway 35 West to Rainsville, then turn left onto Highway 75. Follow Highway 75 South to Geraldine. At the town's only traffic light, turn onto Highway 227 North and follow the signs to High Falls Park.

Continue down the road until you reach a few small buildings and a small parking lot where you can park. There are bathrooms where you can change into a swim suit and fill up your water bottle. Once you're ready to go, follow the road down the hill for about 600 ft and turn left toward the bridge. You can cross the bridge and take a look over the edge, but to reach the falls you'll take a right before the bridge through the bushes and onto the large rock platform. At this point you'll be able to see the huge waterfall, so keep walking straight.

To reach the best spots to cliff jump from, walk past the waterfall where you'll find a large cliff with a deep pool of water beneath. There is a large rope attached to the cliff, so you'll want to jump off nearby so its easier to climb out. Please note that in order to climb the rope, it will require some strength and athletic ability.

If you want to get closer to the waterfall, swim toward it but note that there is a strong current at the base of it and the rocks are very slippery. Only experienced and strong swimmers should attempt to get close to the waterfall.

For the daring, there are even higher cliffs across from the waterfall, but there are also plenty of places to explore and watch your friends if heights aren't your thing.

When you're exhausted and ready for a break, there are picnic tables and a playground to enjoy an afternoon lunch!

Take in the view, test your limits, be safe, and HAVE FUN!

Pack List

  • Swim Suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • Packed lunch
  • Camera
  • Water shoes (not necessary but recommended)
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7 months ago
7 months ago

Perfect day trip for anyone in North Alabama! Perfect place to jump off clips and swim! Take some food and relax on top of the falls!

7 months ago
7 months ago

This place was so flippin fun. Take some time and climb into the waterfall it's very awesome. Make sure you jump too!!!

7 months ago
7 months ago

The pictures on here don't do it justice. Maybe because it's been raining so much, but there were a lot more water falls to see than just that one. And you could jump from basically anywhere.

8 months ago
8 months ago

High Falls is an impressive waterfall and a great local spot for cliff jumping. We climbed out onto some of the rocks just across from the main waterfall. If you're jumping from any of the cliffs make sure the rope's in good shape, and be sure you're jumping into the deepest sections.

10 months ago
10 months ago

High Falls is a beautiful swimming hole with a few walking trails and picnic tables as well as pavilions. The view of the falls after the rain is gorgeous. It's a fun day trip.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

One of the best nature spots around north east Alabama. Swim right under the falls; jump from multiple cliffs; take your kids to wade in the shallow waters above the falls. An all around perfect outdoors experience.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Reghan Gillman

I'm a student at CU Boulder who lives for spontaneous adventure!

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