This is a smaller set of cascades that I believe is near the town of Valley Head in Alabama. I could be wrong about that considering that I wasn’t exactly sure where I was at that moment. I was heading toward toward I-59 after visiting DeSoto State Park. I was heading east, and had earlier noticed that there was a smaller group of waterfalls just off the road. There is a park right near these falls that have parking, so I pulled off and took a few pictures. It was getting later, so there wasn’t much light to take a picture. Even so, it was still a pretty area.
- I believe this waterfall can be found off of AL-117 just west of the intersection with US-11. There should be a park in that general vicinity. If you’re heading toward DeSoto State Park from US-59, you may end up passing by the falls.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: roadside
Waterfall/cascade in Valley Head
Where in the World is Unnamed Falls?
There are multiple waterfalls to be found in DeSoto State Park, with DeSoto Falls the largest and most widely known of the waterfalls. Indian Falls is the second largest of the falls in the area and one that should not be missed when visiting the area.
As with DeSoto Falls, Indian Falls is very easy to view. From the parking area, it’s just a short walk to the the falls. To get a better view, you will have to maneuver down the side of a hill, though it is not that bad.
- From I-59, head toward DeSoto State Park. There are multiple ways to get there, and the way I took did not pass through Fort Payne. Other directions go through Fort Payne.
- Follow the signs to DeSoto State Park, as they’re pretty clearly placed along major intersections.
- You’re heading toward DeKalb County Road 89. You’ll drive for a ways on this road until you enter the state park.
- From the direction I entered, I saw the gift shop first. I kept heading down County Road 89, and if I had kept going, I would have gone to Fort Payne.
- Locate the parking are for the Azalea Cascades Boardwalk (Blue Trail) and park here.
- Instead of heading toward the boardwalk, turn 180 degrees and look for the fenced in sewage treatment plant. You’ll see a sign indicating Indian Falls.
- Cross the road, and follow the arrows, which lead you directly to the waterfall. It’s pretty hard to miss.
- You’ll have to cross the creek, where you’ll then have to maneuver down the hill to get the best view of the falls.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Indian Falls?