Griffin Falls

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Griffin Falls outside of Dawson, Alabama is known as a climbing destination, but the 40 foot waterfall cascading down the rock is a destination in its own right.

At a Glance

  • 0.4 mi round trip
  • Nice View
  • Kids OK
  • Dogs OK
Location: Near DeKalb in Alabama (maps & directions)
Gear: Our favorite snacks and camera gear
Gallery: Check out the pictures here

Griffin Falls - Trip Details

As a large family, we find renting a home for a night much more relaxing than a hotel, and it's so nice to have a place nearby to crash after a long day of hiking! You can find nice, affordable homes on Vrbo.

Griffin Falls actually lies on private land, but the owner is open to climbers and hikers using his property. But please be respectul of his property and definitely pack out your trash and anyone else's that you see. When I was there, there was trash all over the place.  I'm frankly surprised that access hasn't been revoked considering how unappreciative people have been.

Here's how to navigate once you get there.

Take Highway 68 north of I-59, and you'll see the cliff ahead. After crossing the bridge and creek, take a left onto the gravel road to a bridge over a creek. There will be a pull off on the right. From there, you can follow the trail past the boulders with the graffiti toward the cliff to see the waterfall.

The hike is short, but the elevation gain may slow you down a bit.  More importantly, the boulders and rocks from the cliff can be tricky to navigate for those without good balance.

Griffin Falls approach boulders

Be especially careful on the way down and take your time, there are ample opportunities to roll an ankle!

Griffin Falls lower drop side

The waterfall is actually a double drop affair, but it's hard to see much of the upper drop.  The last fall is probably 40 feet onto the rocks and a nice little pool below.

Griffin Falls flowersThere's also an odd grouping of flowers below.  After some searching on a couple of climber's forums, there is apparently some type of church group that does services (with plenty of chanting and wailing) here and leaves flowers.  Aside from the initial oddity of it all, they are apparently nice folks just outside enjoying nature like the rest of us.

If you're into it, you can follow the trail beyond the waterfall to the cliff face to sneak in a climb before you head back home.

More Waterfalls around Griffin Falls

The Griffin Falls are less than an hour down the road from Noccalucca Falls in Gadsden, which is a spectacular sight after a hard rain. It's got a state park on site, complete with petting zoo and a train that your kids will love.  These two waterfalls would make a great day trip if you're close by.

Another nearby waterfall is High Falls so make sure you make the time to visit it as well.

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6 Comments on “Griffin Falls”

  1. you are right about the trash and the property owners disapproval of the disrespect show by same. I was a co-owner until recently and sold my interest to my brother. repelling is no longer permitted and people are not allow to climb to the top of the falls, although some disregard the private property signs or destroy them altogether. the off road parking and trail to the bottom of the falls has a different owner than the falls themselves.

  2. I’m not a fan of the flowers. Everytime I go and they have new flowers, there is also the plastic and food packets for the flowers all over the ground. I always bring a bag and clean up their mess. You would think they are wanting to add beauty but dump their trash right where they are. Other than that, I love Griffin Falls.

  3. I will bring along a trash bag on my next trip to the falls today being my third visit in ten is a special place for me I saw it from the hwy and investigated discovering a wonder.

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