“How great are your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!”
Isn’t it true that we overlook things right in front of our eyes? We can be surrounded by something our whole lives and never really give it a second thought! Noccalula Falls is one of the most visited attractions in Alabama…and it is right here in our Appalachian foothills! The waterfall leaves you awe-struck as the waters roar over a 90 foot drop, and the scenery that surrounds it absolutely takes your breath away! People travel from all over to spend the day inside the park taking in the sights, riding the train from place to place, or even hiking to the ravine underneath the water. And one thing you will always find is a photographer, whether professional or amateur, trying to catch that perfect shot of those majestic falls!
But there is so much history behind the place that sits right here in our own backyard. Lace up your walking shoes and let’s take a stroll around Noccalula Falls!
Noccalula Falls is named after the Cherokee girl, Noccalula, who was the daughter of a Cherokee Chief. She had fallen in love with a brave man who wasn’t suitable for marriage in her father’s eyes, because he didn’t possess the worldly goods that he wanted for his daughter. So he took matters in his own hands and arranged her marriage to a wealthy chief of a powerful rival tribe. Story goes that she was unhappy about the forthcoming marriage and jumped to her death near where this statue stands in honor of her.
This beautiful wedding chapel sits at the entrance of The Black Creek Trail, a 2.9 mile trail that runs along side the water…ideal for hiking, walking and running! I attended a wedding here and the inside is so very rustic and quaint, as you can imagine!
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy”
So much power!
There is so much to do at Noccalula Falls…miniature golf, a petting zoo, children’s playground, camping facilities, my favorite gourmet popsicles, Frios, and even a lion…yes, a lion!! There are many events that are open to the public at the park all year long! Check out their Facebook page here.
Alabama Department of Archives and History posted this old photo, taken circa 1900. Those guys are really “living on the edge!”
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