Dismals Canyon

Phil Campbell, AL

Where are we going?

Dismals Canyon
Dismals Canyon
901 County Rd 8
Phil Campbell
AL 35581

205 993 4559

What is there to do?

If you want an incredible experience in stunning Alabama wilderness, and Dismals Canyon is a must for families - especially if you LOVE the outdoors!

Dismals Canyon gives you a private experience, with pristine surroundings. It's one of the state's last secret hiding places - a real unspoilt oasis!

Tucked deep within the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Dismals Canyon is 85 acres of nature privately owned and operated. In 1975 it was designated a National Natural Landmark, so you know it's going to be pretty special!

When you arrive, you will be surrounded by incredible sights, from the winding stream that enters the canyon through the roaring Rainbow Falls.

For those who like to get out on the trails, there are 1.5 miles of hiking trail across the canyon floor, where you will pass thundering waterfalls and skyreaching boulders, leading you into a secret world of ferns, giant trees and moss.

During the summer time, Dismals Canyon is cool and inviting. If you love to make a splash during summer, swimming is available too, which is always great fun!

Recreation is all natural here! There are no spots for RVs, and you won't find man made pools. It's all taking you back to a time when the water was clear and the earth was clean!

Dismals Canyon will let kids experience how the canyon has looked for centuries, and it's waiting to be enjoyed!

Gone twilight, the canyon lights up with tiny bioluminescent creatures called Dismalites. Guided night tours allow visitors to see these unique insects so make sure you don't miss out!

Amazing natural wonders in Alabama that you won't want to miss. 

How much does it cost?

Adults: $8 guided night tour. $10 self guided day tour

Children: $5.75 guided night tour. $6.75 self guided day tour

Discount: Combo tour tickets available


Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff about accessibility as it's very natural and no paved areas


When can we go?

Monday to Thursday noon to 5pm; Friday noon to 8pm; Saturday 9am to 9pm; Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Season opens for day guests March. Tours and cabins 365 days.


Any top tips?

The temperature on the canyon floor during summertime runs some 14 degrees below Alabama's summer average. There are no mosquitoes, flies, or poison oak.

I’m Hungry!

You can pick up food in the Old Country Store, which is great for hikers and campers. It's your first stop in the cayon

Healthy Eating

It's always a great idea to take healthy snacks and bottled water with you to ensure you stay hydrated and energized!

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