Dismals Canyon


August, 2014

Absolutely Alabama with Fred Hunter

Dismals Canyon to be featured on Absolutely Alabama with Fred Hunter.

Airing first weekend in October. For all you Alabamians, check your local listings. For all you out-of-staters, check the website absolutelyalabama.com

March, 2014


A momma Buzzard has taken roost in the canyon. She had babies last year and has laid 2 eggs so far this year. Those eggs have hatched and there are two Buzzard chicks. This momma will protect her nest. So please use caution if you see her or her chicks.


Photo by Dee Horton

Buzzard eggs

Photo by Crystal Cooper


Photo by Michael Woodard (2013)

August, 2013

NEW: Soda Fountain & Grill

Kevin Cheek

Kevin Cheek

Take a walk back in time at our NEW Soda Fountain & Grill located inside the Country Store.

You'll likely work up an appetite after you've hiked the canyon floor, and we'll be glad to serve you and your taste buds during your visit.

The Soda Fountain & Grill is conveniently located in the Country Store, on your way out of (or into) the canyon.

April, 2011

New signs


We have a new sign that we will soon be installing at the entrance to Dismals Canyon. This sign is similar to the signs you see at the entrance to National Parks. It has our new logo and will be mounted to a natural stone wall.

We are also replacing many other signs throughout the conservatory that will help you find your way around, including trail markers and directional arrows.

August, 2010

Major renovations

We have made a lot of improvements this summer.

We added a new bridge at the southern end of the trail to make it easier to cross Dismals Branch. Previous bridges always got washed out with flash floods, but this one is much more substantial.

The stepping stones at the fishing hole have been put back in place and are now re-enforced to keep them from washing down stream. The fishing hole (see map) is the place about half way down the canyon where the trail crosses Dismals Branch and accesses Secret Falls.

June, 2010

New T-shirt design

t-shirt design

We have a new T-shirt design - printed on various colored shirts.

Come by the Country Store and pick one up, or call us to place an order - 205-993-4559

$17.99 each or 3 or more for $14.99 each.

April, 2010

Rare Hellbender


In 2006 a Hellbender (giant Salamander) was found in the canyon. It is currently the most recently encountered hellbender in Alabama, and one of only three specimens that have been found in the state in the past twenty years. It's about 2 feet in length.

The organization Alabama Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (www.alaparc.org) has initiated a conservation effort to assess the status of hellbenders in Alabama.


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