Gadsden, AL, ideally-situated in Northeast Alabama along the Coosa River and at the foot of Lookout Mountain, is full of outdoor fun. View majestic Noccalula Falls, mountain bike the Black Creek Trails, fight spotted-bass on Neely Henry Lake, or go for a birdie at Twin Bridges or Silver Lakes golf courses. Events like Southside City Fest, Attalla Heritage Day, and First Friday celebrations in historic downtown Gadsden, and the “World’s Longest Yard Sale” will keep you outside with all the fun you desire.
Noccalula Falls Park and Campground offers fun for the whole family, with a train ride around the park, mini-golf, botanical gardens, pioneer village petting zoo, hiking, and mountain biking trails. The campground has full hook-ups and primitive camping, a swimming pool, laundry and meeting space. The 90-foot waterfall was named for an Indian Princess Noccalula who legend has it jumped to her death at the Falls rather than have to marry an Indian Brave she did not love.
The Black Creek Trail system is made up of almost 13 miles of hiking, walking, and mountain bike trails bordering the Falls and the Black Creek Gorge. From easy, flowing, wide paths to windy, hilly, narrow paths, these trails will give various levels of hikers and bikers the challenge they are looking for.
Coosa Landing in downtown Gadsden offers a bait and tackle shop along with large boat ramp, floating piers, and parking for over 100 rigs. The new Riverwalk at Coosa Landing offers dock fishing, walking trails, and picnic pavilions. The Coosa River and Neely Henry Lake offers over 11,000 acres of fishing along its 77-mile length and borders the communities of Hokes Bluff, Glencoe, Gadsden, Rainbow City, and Southside.
Each June, over 1,500 Barbarians converge on Noccalula Falls Park to run in the obstacle course race called “The Barbarian Challenge.” Over six miles of grueling mud, torturous elevation changes, and 22 man-made obstacles will challenge the fittest athletes and the recreationally-inclined outdoors lovers.
Twin Bridges Golf Course is set hard by the Coosa River and features stunning views of the river. The par 72, 6,800-yard design will delight and challenge all skill levels. Silver Lakes Golf Course, located just outside Gadsden, is part of the acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Featuring 3 Championship nines (27 holes) and a 9-hole Short course, Silver Lakes is set on rolling terrain at the edge of the Talladega National Forest.
Each August, “The World’s Longest Yard Sale” begins in Gadsden at Noccalula Falls Park. Thousands of bargain hunters from around the country begin their journey here on this 690-mile yard sale that runs into Michigan. The Park is the “Southern Point of Beginning” for the Sale that has been going on for 30 years.
Visit us online at www.greatergadsden.com, call us 888-565-0411, or stop by our Visitors Center at 90 Walnut St. in Gadsden for more information.