Dismals Canyon


Scattered off the main path and given a wide berth from one another, Dismals Canyon primitive campsites offer the ultimate outdoor experience.

The number of campsites is limited by design in order to maintain the splendor of the pristine wilderness. They offer privacy and convenience to the canyon.

To make reservations, call (205) 993-4559

Camping available 7 DAYS A WEEK from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Sleeping Water campsite

Sleeping Water campsite

"Sleeping Water" is an example of Dismals Canyon's popular campsites. It is a separate box canyon with its own waterfall and will accommodate up to 15 campers. A perfect site for retreats.

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Sleeping Water

Sleeping Water

A separate box canyon with its own waterfall. view 360° panorama

Dead Water Bluff

Dead Water Bluff

A few hundred feet north of Sleeping Water.


Camping Rates

Sleeping Water:

$48.00 / night for 4, PLUS $5.00 clean up charge, PLUS one time **admission fee.
Each additional person $7.75 / night PLUS one time **admission fee.
$50.00 refundable damage deposit***
LIMIT 3 tents / 15 people.

Dead Water Bluff:

$36.00 / night for 4, PLUS $5.00 clean up charge, PLUS one time **admission fee.
Each additional person $7.25 / night PLUS one time **admission fee.
$50.00 refundable damage deposit***
LIMIT 2 tents / 10 people.

Creek sites 1, 2, & 3

(Three primitive campsites across the road from the parking lot down by the creek)

$27.00 / night for 4, PLUS $5.00 clean up charge, PLUS one time **admission fee.
Each additional person $6.25 / night PLUS one time **admission fee.
$50.00 refundable damage deposit***
LIMIT 1 tent / 6 people per site.


$8.00 / night per Scout for Creek Sites only, PLUS $5.00 clean up charge, PLUS one time **admission fee of $13.00 per Scout EXCEPT ON HOLIDAYS. ON HOLIDAYS regular prices apply to admission and camping. Scouts must be 18 or under to qualify for Scout pricing - excluding Scout Leaders.

** admission fee: (access to the canyon floor) $30.00

*** refundable damage deposit (Applies to all campsites) required by check or cash - no credit cards accepted for damage deposit.

Due to a problem of camp fires not being extinguished, we have been forced to implement a $50.00 refundable damage deposit for campsites. Campsites will have to be checked before damage deposit is returned. We have to implement this policy, or eliminate camping. One fire will destroy Dismals Canyon.

Prices Subject to Change Without Notice.


Reservation Policies

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Visa, MasterCard, American Express accepted.


Reservations may only be made by credit card - Mastercard or Visa. The total charge for your camping reservation will be billed to your credit card at the time the reservation is made.

Scout leaders may reserve the Scout Camp Site (except on Holidays) with a $50.00 deposit. The balance of the camping and admission charges to be paid in full at the time of arrival.


Cancellations affect us significantly because of our size. Therefore, we adhere to a strict cancellation policy. Cancellation of a confirmed camping reservation must be made at least 30 days prior to your arrival date, except on Holidays. Holidays require that the cancellation be made within 45 days of the date of arrival. Cancellations, regardless of the reason, made within 30/45 days of your arrival date will result in forfeiture of your total deposit. NO CANCELLATION is allowed for any reservation made less than 30/45 days in advance. All reservations/deposits are non-transferable to another date. However, you are welcome to send a friend or family member in your place. All reservation cancellations are subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.


You may check in any time after 3:00 pm at the Dismals Canyon Country Store.

All campers & Cabin guests must check in by 5 pm Sunday-Thursday & by 8 pm on Friday & Saturday or incur a $25.00 late check-in fee.

Check-out time is 12:00 noon. There may be occasional check-in delays during times of heavy departure. Our staff will do everything possible to minimize inconvenience and to make you comfortable during that time. No refunds will be given for early departures.


Camping Rules

Violation of any rule will result in immediate Eviction and Forfeiture of all fees/deposits!

Dismals Canyon is not responsible for accidents / injury / loss of money / valuables!


Nature can live without man, but man cannot live without nature.