Noccalula Falls Campground Pictures, Reviews & Experiences In Gadsden, Alabama

by Adam on January 30, 2011

The Noccalula Falls State Park Campground Full Hookup Area In Gadsden, Alabama

The Noccalula Falls State Park Campground Full Hookup Area In Gadsden, Alabama

Noccalula Falls Campground is located right next to Noccalula Falls in Gadsden, Alabama and has sites for both RVs and tents.  The night spent at the Noccalula Falls Campground was toward the end of January 2011.  There were a handful of RVs back in the full hookup section and naturally no other tents in the “partial hookup” section that has water spigots and electrical outlets at each campsite.  The published rate on the brochures is $15.00 per night and will no doubt have some tax tossed in on top of that.

A Picture Of A Campsite And Shower House At Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

A Picture Of A Campsite And Shower House At Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

The tent sites are OK, about on par with most state and National Park campgrounds. There is no tent pad but there are showers, there is a pool and the bathroom/shower area has a few vending machines and a couple washers and dryers to get some laundry done.  The machines are coin operated ($1.50 total, but the dryer needed 2 cycles to get a load dry) so bring some quarters and do your laundry while you camp!

The Kids Playground In The Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

The Kids Playground In The Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

Unlike most state and national park campgrounds there is no fire pit at the campsite so if you want to have a fire, you’ll have to settle for warming up by the charcoal grill.  It seems strange to have fire pits by the RV sites where people will be sleeping inside where it is warm but NOT for those staying in a tent!  Since it was the off-season it is possible that the fire pits were removed for the winter, but you would think they would be more important to have out in the winter!

One Of The Pavillions Available For Rent At The Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

One Of The Pavillions Available For Rent At The Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

The staff was friendly and helpful upon arrival.  Arrival was at about 8pm and the manager/cashier was closing up for the night.  She said to go to the security office and they would make arrangements for the campsite.  Security requested name, address, license plate and phone information but couldn’t collect any cash or other form of payment since the cashier was done for the night.  That will just require a stop by the office tomorrow to settle up.

The (Closed For The Winter) Pool At Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

The (Closed For The Winter) Pool At Noccalula Falls State Park Campground

There is a decent sized pool on the ground along with a bunch of pavilions where it may be possible to have a large picnic with a bunch of people.  They can be rented out by the hour as can the chapel where you can presumably get married in the park.  The pool looks nice though it won’t be used during this frigid camping night in January (it is about 30 degrees outside as this is being written in a tent with a notebook plugged into the electrical outlet at the site and picking up wi-fi from somewhere).

Mens Showers At Noccalula Falls State Park Campground In Gadsden, Alabama

Mens Showers At Noccalula Falls State Park Campground In Gadsden, Alabama

The bathrooms are average.  They are not in the best shape but are clean and warm.  There are two shower stalls in the bathroom area by the security office and a handful of toilets that were also nice and clean.  Another bathroom area is located back by the “full hookup” RV sites with four more showers.  With what is likely to be a total of six showers each for male and female, the showers might get a bit crowded if the camp ground when you go the campground in the summer if it is at capacity.

The Bridge That Goes From The Noccalula Falls Campground Area Across The Falls

The Bridge That Goes From The Noccalula Falls Campground Area Across The Falls

The campground is in fact located right next to Noccalula Falls and the park associated with it.  If you want to spend a day or a weekend, then this campground is an excellent place to stay.  Some Trip Advisor reviews have said some not so great things about this particular campground.  While the sites aren’t setup specifically for tents, there are showers, there are laundry facilities, and there is electricity and wi-fi you can pick up in your tent.  If you are at the National Park campgrounds out west, for $15.00 you’ll get the same type of site and a pit toilet.  You won’t get a shower, electricity or wi-fi.

A Picture Of Noccalula Falls Next To The Noccalula Falls Campground In Gadsden, Alabama

A Picture Of Noccalula Falls Next To The Noccalula Falls Campground In Gadsden, Alabama

During your time at the campground and the park there are hiking trails to enjoy and you can get amazing views of Noccalula Falls by hiking a relatively flat area for less than a quarter mile.  Another part of the state park charges a $6.00 admission fee and is also within walking distance.  There, there are playgrounds for the kids and there is supposed to be a petting zoo type area that was not visited.  Each campsite can hold up to 4 people for the campsite fee and up to 2 more may be added for an additional per person fee.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

MurrayH77 February 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Adam, looks like you’re having some interesting adventures! I didn’t realize you were going to meander so much on your way out west, but certainly that makes more of a trip! I look forward to further installments!

Adam February 2, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hey Murray –

I didn’t know the trip was going to go that far south either. Northern Alabama is surprisingly cool though – great sights down there. Great birding areas if the weather is right and time permits! Off in Hot Springs, Arkansas now and then down into Texas tonight or tomorrow!

–Adam

Previous post:

Next post: