|High Falls Park is Surprise of Nature|
|DeKalbCounty Has Hidden Treasure|
High Falls Park in Geraldine has been called a "surprise of Nature" and "the best kept secret in Alabama." This 38-acre park has six hiking trails, a walking bridge that spans a gorge overlooking beautiful Town Creek, a waterfall, picnic area, playground and restrooms. Be sure and bring your fishing equipment when you visit High Falls. Enjoy the park during the fall season to enjoy Mother Nature's display of color.
High Falls was a popular spot for social and family activities in the early 1900's. In 1923, area residents worked together to build a covered bridge spanning the gorge just above the waterfall. This bridge made travel to the southern part of the county reasonable and opened up a new trade route. The bridge burned in the 1950's. In 1996, residents and local government officials raised money and secured grants to build a pedestrian walking bridge on the original rock columns.
Be sure and look for the hanging rope on one side of the creek that marks the spot (because of its depth) where people were baptized in the water during earlier times. Of course, the water level depends up the amount of rain that falls each week.
If you're looking for a peaceful and tranquil spot to visit, this is one little gem that you should check out. To get to High Falls, take Alabama Highway 75 to Geraldine, Alabama then follow Highway 227 to the park. For more information, call the park at 256-659-4683. High Falls has only one entrance and access is controlled by a locked gate. The park gate is open at 10:00 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. each evening except in the winter months when it is closed at sundown.
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