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“dismals canyon phil campbell,al hwy 43” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dismals Canyon
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Owner description: Surrounded by a scenic forest that once belonged to the Chickasaw Indians.
phil campbell, alabama
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“dismals canyon phil campbell,al hwy 43”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

the place is great for the couples or family but 1st it not in Haleyville it in the small town of Phil Campbell, Al the cabin where ok not the best but is very nice place on the other note there are only a few store around so get what you need before you go because it is 5 to 7 miles to the stores but a good place to go

Visited July 2013
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Rye, New York
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Great stay in cabin at Dismals Canyon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

We stayed 2 nights in one of the cabins at Dismals Canyon. The cabin had 2 bedrooms ( one queen, 2 bunk beds), a large living room (with pull out sofa) with well appointed open kitchen, small bathroom and wrap around deck. Good A/C. The cabin could easily hold 6, up to 8 people. We found the cabin well maintained, clean and comfortable. Great to be in the middle of nature with hardly anybody around. The canyon itself was a great adventure for the kids, took about 90 mins to complete the loop. Swim hole was nice, although a bit cold.

Visited June 2013
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cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A must see if you in this area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Nice canyon for a leisurely hike. very clean and orderly, lots to see . There is a small place to swim if you like 50 degree water. wooden bridges are in place to help those that aren't in descent hiking shape. plenty of little crevices to explore. Kid friendly.

Visited June 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Loved Camping at Dismals Canyon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

Our family camped at Dismals Canyon over the Memorial Day weekend. We really had a great time! This is a beautiful place, and just an unexpected jewel you would never guess is hidden there in that rolling pasture land. Many people have described the canyon, so I will concentrate more on the camping part, what to expect and plan for. There was a 3 night minimum for the holiday weekend. We booked the Dead Water Bluff campsite. It was really beautiful with an exposed rock face with a tiny trickle of water. There was a picnic table and a fire ring. We had two tents and they fit, however there is not a level area on the whole site, so the tents were sloping and we slid to the downhill side of our tents in the night. It was pretty funny. We had air mattresses to sleep on thank goodness, because there were roots and half buried rocks under the tent which would not have been comfortable in just a sleeping bag.

Dead Water Bluff is on a trail past Sleeping Water, across the street from Dismals Canyon. If you stay at Dead Water Bluff or Sleeping Water, you need to know that the trail down into the little canyon is made up of short board walks sort of stair stepped down the hill. We tried to roll the cooler and the camp stove down them but you really cannot. It turned out to be easier to have two of us carry them. So what I am telling you is to pack in a way that is easier to carry! Things with handles or shoulder straps are better than boxes.

We used the fire ring nightly to sit around and roast marshmallows etc. We were able to find enough downed wood either small enough or rotten enough to break for the whole weekend, but if we go back I would bring a small saw because there were a number of downed larger trees that were too big to drag to our site. We brought a gas camp stove and did find an area flat enough to set it up.

There is no running water at the campsites, the closest water is across the road at the bathrooms. Maybe there is a spigot somewhere but we never found it. We brought a 5 gallon collapsible jug kind of thing so we could have water at the campsite but the only way we could fill it from the bathroom sink was to fill a small saucepan we had and then pour it in. The bathrooms themselves were nice and clean, with two showers with hot water (yes!). We also washed our dishes there in the sinks. You need to think about bringing something to tote your shower or dish washing stuff. I had a bucket and it worked well.

There are plenty of trees to tie up clothes lines for drying towels etc. The picnic table top is quite worn so you need a tablecloth. We were careful about putting our extra food back in the cars at night, but we did not have a problem with raccoons or anything at all. The short but somewhat steep hike to get the gear to the campsite notwithstanding, this was one of the prettiest places we have camped. I would definitely go again and totally recommend! If you would rather have more glamping than camping experience, they also have some cabins.

As for the canyon, it was absolutely gorgeous and we had a blast hiking it. We were thrilled we could bring our dog and he had a wonderful day. We put him on a long "training leash" which let him run around but still in our control. The staff were all quite nice and friendly. The Country Store was cute, I really thought we would make it there for ice cream one afternoon but we never did. We were grateful that we could buy ice there and not have to get in the car. Of course we did the night tour to see the dismalites - it was great. Do not miss this!

Visited May 2013
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Demopolis, Alabama, USA
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful visit to Dismals Canyon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

We camped at Dismals Canyon National Natural Landmark over Memorial Day weekend, along with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. The campsites are primitive and beautiful but the highlight of the area is the Canyon..

Hiking the canyon is a beautiful walk into prehistory, with sheer rock walls covered with moss, waterfalls, streams, and interesting sites sacred to early native American tribes of the region.

Nightly tours into the canyon show off the "dismalites," little larvae which turn the canyon walls into a show almost like a starry sky.

The little country store is charming, and features an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Dogs on leashes are welcome all over the site, and our grandson's golden retriever had as much fun as we did

Visited May 2013
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