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Dismals Canyon

Dismals Canyon - located in Northwest Alabama - is an 85 acre Natural 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. NNLs are administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.


clint kendrick

Saturday, June 2, 2018
This is the perfect place to go for a nature hike. It was natural streams and rock formations that are untouched. It is child and dog friendly. They don't tell you but it can get a little intense. I suggest bringing a walking stick. You will have to climb up trails that are steep and rocky. Some areas you will have to squeeze sideways through narrow rock paths. Overall it is an outdoor enthusiasts dream.

David D Allen III

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous canyon. Small enough for a short hike but large enough to see a lot of beautiful sights. The park rangers are friendly and the staff at the lodge are wonderful. The primitive camp sites are off in their own little area. The whole area is dog friendly but be careful going down the stairs in to the canyon with your furry friends. The cabins are in a private area and are available for reservations.


Monday, May 28, 2018
We explored the canyon during the day and came back to see the dismalites at night. During the day it is something straight from a fairytale! Everything was so green and the waters were pristine. It is simply amazing just to look at but then you have the history of the place to add to just how majestic this land is! During the night it transforms into a whole different world. We were a little weary because of the reviews of people saying they did not see anything. I guess we were very lucky that it was peak season and there were not many people in our group so flashlights were kept to a minimum. The only way I can describe it is like you are walking among stars! They light up on the walls of the canyon where they nest in the moss and as you walk through it feels like you are in space surrounded by stars! It is definitely something you must witness first hand as a picture will not do it justice at all

Heather Wilkinson

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Beautiful place to go on a nice hike! Very cool on hot summer days as it is in a canyon. Overall was a great experience with kids. Definitely recommend wearing shoes you dont mind getting wet. Was a little pricey but still worth it in the end for the memories and great pictures

Andrew Wood

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Beautiful Canyon run by friendly people that are trying to maintain it for future Generations. We've been through it at least five or six times and it never fails to impress. They even have a little restaurant with ice cream to enjoy when you are finished. Highly recommended!

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