Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre public park located in Gadsden, Alabama. Its magnificent 90-foot waterfall attracts visitors from near and far for its breathtaking beauty and picturesque moments. While the feature is the beautiful waterfall, the park also offers over five miles of trails, a petting zoo, botanical gardens, a one-mile train ride, a wedding chapel, mini golf, campground and cabins.
Originally known as the Black Creek Falls, the Legend of Noccalula, as written by Mathilde Bilbro, says that long ago, on a mountain summit within sight and sound of a rushing waterfall, lived a great Indian chief and his daughter, Noccalula. Many lobbied the old chief for the hand of Noccalula, but only one was favored by the girl’s father, a rich chief of a powerful neighboring tribe, who had much to offer in exchange. Noccalula pleaded that her heart was already given to a young brave from her own tribe. The girl’s lover was driven from the tribe and a marriage agreement was made with the neighboring chief. To avoid the arranged marriage, she made her way to the cascading falls and took her life with one leap. Since that day the waterfall has been called Noccalula.