High Falls on Town Creek south of Lake Guntersville is a unique waterfall that flows through a natural bridge at its base.
At a Glance
- 0.2 mi round trip
- Nice View
- Great for Kids
- Great for Dogs
Gear: Our favorite snacks (like these espresso energy bars) and camera gear
Gallery: Check out the pictures here
High Falls - Trip Details
Located just south of Lake Guntersville, formed by the Tennessee River, High Falls is an impressive site at times of high flow. Approximately 35 feet high and up to 300 feet across, the falls make for a beautiful site at the end of a short hike.
Make your way toward the river from the parking lot and enjoy viewing the falls from the pedestrian bridge above the falls or wading above the falls to cool off in the creek when the water is lower. Just please be careful of the slick rocks and play well upstream from the falls where there is plenty of time to recover if someone slips and falls.
Good pictures of the falls are difficult to come by. Due to the nearly vertical cliff on the north side of Town Creek, there is a tall fence along the northern side with significant tree growth to obstruct pictures. But, there are still a few places to snap decent pictures before you walk down to the creek.
Depending on the water level, you may be able to walk right up to the natural archway on the northern side of the falls.
Also, if you don't have a dog or young kids, it's possible to cross the pedestrian bridge and then head downstream of the dam to get a view from the bottom. The way down is still very steep, but there are several ropes in place to help you get down and back up.
More Waterfalls around High Falls Park
The closest waterfall to High Falls is Griffin Falls, tumbling down a cliff face near I-59. From there, you can head toward Fort Payne and the waterfalls of Little River Canyon (Little River Falls, Martha's Falls, or Grace's High Falls) or south to Gadsden and Noccalula Falls.
If you're a little further way, consider our list of cabins with waterfalls nearby which includes options close by!
For more waterfall options, you can also check our list of 10 of the best waterfalls you can visit for a day trip here.
High Falls Map, Directions, and Resources
ParkingFree, donations welcome
GPS Coordinates34.407166, -86.065988
The welcome center was beautiful with nice bathrooms and a big event room with a full kitchen. The gentleman working there were kind, polite, welcoming and very helpful.
The Playground was great. And the falls, of course, were spectacular.
We were able to follow the driveway down, across the bridge to the swimming area above the falls. We continued on the sandy, narrow trail through the woods. It got steep and it was nervewracking with kids but so worth it to be able to swim and sit at the bottom of the falls!