Swim at Martha's Falls

Alabama Little River Falls Canyon Parking

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A refreshing, unique swimming hole, appealing for the nonchalant sun-bather to your average cliff-jumping thrill seeker. With a trail short enough to allow large, heavier items (think cooler, towels, boom box, etc.), prepare to devote the rest of your day at Martha Falls. 

Martha Falls, formerly known as Little Falls and the “Hippie Hole” by the locals, is a popular swimming hole a part of Little River Canyon National Preserve, located along the state line of Alabama and Georgia. Perks include free parking and free admission. Drive up Lookout Mountain and pull into the parking lot off of AL Highway 35, near Road 861. Grab the essentials for a good time and head down the trail at the far left corner of the lot. Walk with ease for about five minutes on the gravel service road, then take a left toward a more rooted pathway. Prepare for the next 100 yards of downhill, rocky terrain leading you to the bottom, opening up to your picturesque destination. 

Upon arrival, claim your spot for the day among the rocks and nature-made benches. After establishing your set-up, meander carefully toward the ledges above the cavernous, blue pool to your left. Waste no time and jump on in! Be mindful of protruding rocks, as not every section of the ledges is clear for diving.

If the weather proves to be quite inviting, as the day goes on, more and more people are bound to show appear. For a more secluded area, explore the brook to the right and discover a the quiet of surrounding boulders and knee-deep, wading pools.

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Walking shoes
  • Lunch 
  • Cooler filled with icy drinks
  • Lawn chairs (why not?)
  • Music
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses

 

 

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3 months ago

Neat little place

I didn't swim here since I visited the area during winter. I'd like to come back and swim, though. Seems like the perfect place to do so. There's also another waterfall on the same trail called Little River Falls! Also, there's a scenic drive along the Little River Canyon. Several overlooks and a large mushroom structure in the middle of the road along the drive haha. Reminded me of the voodoos seen at Goblin Valley in Utah.

3 months ago

11 months ago

Great local spot

This is a great swimming hole, definitely worth the quick hike if you're at Little River Canyon! In good weather, can get a bit crowded. If you're the kind of person who prefers solitude, and you're up for scrambling over boulders, hike another 30 min or so down river to find a few smaller, but more secluded swimming holes.

11 months ago

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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.25 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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