Want to take a break from reality for awhile and take that much needed vacation? Or how about a simple getaway with your family? Or a weekend retreat perhaps? Research has proven time and again that vacations make us happy long after they are over. So what are you waiting for? Take that time off and head right to Alabama. Yes, you heard us - Alabama it is. Called the Land with the Thousand Waterfalls, Bankhead National Forest is the crown jewel. In all, Alabama boasts of more than 77,000 miles of rivers and streams and numerous waterfalls to let you enjoy the beauty of nature and be the perfect vacation escape for you. We have compiled a list of the coziest cabins and added the waterfalls near it so you can find the perfect place for your getaway.
1. 1800's Original Cabin
A pre-civil war construction cabin, this was reconstructed timber by timber from its original location in Etowah County, Alabama and has the original stone double sided wood burning fireplace, adding authenticity to its 1800’s antique ambiance. It is situated on a private road and sits atop a cliff overlooking the Crystal Clear East Fork of the Little River so yes, you can hear that beautiful waterfall sound as soon as you step down your car and enter the cabin grounds. The cabin also has a screened in porch with a water therapy hot tub and a back porch with a grill you can use to cook your catch after fishing in the nearby river. Should you decide to go to town for shopping and activities, downtown Mentone is just 10 minutes away. Or if you want to do some hiking and visit another waterfall, the Desoto State Park and waterfall is also a few minutes away.
Waterfalls Near Mentone, AL
Little River Falls
Located within the Little River Canyon National Preserve, Little River Falls, a 45 foot waterfall, is a must see. It also is one of the most accessible as you can enjoy its glory without the usual hike.
2. Country Cabin
Forget the hustle and bustle of city living with this country cabin located in Collinsville, Alabama and experience simple life at its finest here. With the front porch running across the length of the house, you can just sit back, relax and be at awe of the beauty of nature surrounding you. What more can you ask for when you have a pond 30 feet from the front porch and a small creek behind the cabin. What makes it a great retreat is the accessibility to Noccalula Falls which is 20 miles south on I-59 and Desoto Falls which is within a 45 minute drive.
Waterfalls Near Collinsville, AL
Noccalula Falls is located within the Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama. It is one of the main attractions of park with its 90 foot waterfall and a trail winding through the Black Creek Gorge.
3. Hidden Gem in Smith Lake
Located on Smith Lake and nestled in a mountain cove make this log cabin truly a hidden gem. It is just over ½ miles from the neighborhood boat launch and has space available to store your boat in the cabin. However, it is secluded enough to not worry about boat traffic while swimming or fishing. If you are looking for other activities, a rec area is just across the street where there are a tennis court, a basketball court and a football field. Ready to get outside and explore? Caney Creek Falls are just a few minutes away.
Waterfall Near Smith Lake, AL
Caney Creek Falls
Caney Creek Falls, located inside Bankhead National Forest, is considered one of the most beautiful waterfall trip in Alabama. It may be a bit of a hike but the lush greens and wildflowers make it worthwhile. Who knows, you might even chance upon its second falls.
4. The Crow’s Nest on Sunnybrook Farm
Completed in the Spring of 2018, this is one of the newest cabins on our list. It sits on top of Lookout Mountain, 12 miles outside of Fort Payne, 3 miles away from Little River Canyon National Preserve and 6 miles away from Yellow Creek Falls Fish Camp, making it accessible to whatever outdoor activity you plan on doing. Should you opt to just relax and enjoy a peaceful day/evening, there are 2 covered decks where you can just take in the view, sip coffee or wine, and read a book.
Waterfalls Near Fort Payne, AL
Little River Falls
Just off of Highway 35, Little River Falls is one of the most accessible Alabama river. Swimming and cliff diving are just some of the activities you can enjoy here.
Located just south of Little River Falls, you'll find Little Falls or Martha's Falls. Locals call it the Hippie Hole also as it has become one of the more popular swimming destinations in the area.
One of the many falls situated in DeSoto State Park, Lost Falls is aptly named as it is hardest to find. Best to see it during spring or winter to make sure plenty of water is flowing.
Indian Falls is the second largest fall in the area next to DeSoto Falls. This waterfall drops 20 feet into a small ravine.
Laurel Falls is a small but beautiful waterfall that drops about 6 feet. It is just a short walk beyond Azalea Cascades in DeSoto State Park.
5. Lakefront Cabin on Wilson Lake
Located in a resort on Wilson Lake, this cabin offers plenty of activities and amenities. It has swimming pools, playgrounds, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, nature trail and white sand beach. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are available for those who love going on the water. It is 16.6 miles away from Spring Park where Cold Water Falls (man-made) is located.
Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve is a 700 acre home to diverse plants and animals, owned and maintained by Jim and Faye Lacefield. One of the main attractions is a 60 foot waterfall.
6. Rustic Log Cabin
This one room cabin was hand built with trees from the farm it sits on. Though it only has one room, it has a fully functional kitchen, a bathroom and four full size beds perfect for a family or a group of friends. Three ponds are located right on the property so fishing is a given activity in this cabin. It is a one hour drive from the Alabama stadium and from Falling Rock Falls and Davis Falls.
Waterfalls Near Greensboro, AL
Falling Rock Falls
Falling Rock Falls is a 90 foot drop waterfall located just on the outskirts of Birmingham. It is such an impressive site, especially after a rain.
Davis Falls is a nice little cascade that drops to a pool at the bottom. Unfortunately, it is now closed to public access.
7. Trail’s Edge Cabin
This newly constructed cabin is located in Guntersville, Alabama and is just a short distance away from Lake Guntersville State Park, Bucks Pocket State Part and the High Falls Park. People flock to the area in February just to see bald eagles who migrate there during that time of year. Playing golf and antique and specialty shopping are just some of activities you can do while booked here. Or just staying in the front deck and watch nature might do the trick as well.
Waterfalls Near Guntersville, AL
Grace High Falls
With 133 feet drop, Grace High Falls is one of the tallest, if not the tallest, waterfall in Alabama. It is located within the Little River Canyon National Preserve.
High Falls is located in Town Creek, south of Lake Guntersville. It is 35 feet high and 300 feet wide of magnificent beauty.
Thompson Falls is composed of three waterfalls that drops into a gorge on Mink Creek in Arab. Best to visit this after a rainfall to get the most picturesque view.