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
Abandoned after Alabama Power dismantled the power mill in 1926, the Rocky Creek Waterfall is located on the Heflin Spur of the Pinhoti Trail (established via forest service decision memo in August 2018) in Cleburne County. Access is via FS 500 parking lot near the Shoal Creek Ranger District Office. This 20 foot waterfall in surrounded by large umbrella magnolia, green ash, and butternut trees.
It has an easy grade and parallels the Norfolk Southern right of way for 3/4 mile. Then, you walk through an old growth forest of pine, poplar, and sweetum before arriving at the dam.
If you enjoy hiking, the Heflin Spur is a 3.5 mile extension of the Pinhoti trail from the FS 500 parking lot to Heflin City Hall.
The dam is about 20 miles northwest of Salt Creek Falls and Cheaha Falls in the Talladega National Forest. Both would be a great addition for a day trip in the area.