noccalula falls park on lookout mountain parkway

Day 88 – Alabama’s Lookout Mountain Parkway

Day 88 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Noccalula Falls Park

After yesterday’s long drive, I began the morning at Noccalula Falls Park in northeast Alabama.  Bobby, a park worker, was the only one at the 250 acre facility when I arrived.  A petting zoo and miniature golf course stood to the left of the entrance while a pioneer village, lit with Christmas lights, lured me to the right.  The winter attraction was clearly the replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride through the festive village, not the waterfall tumbling into Black Creek Gorge.  Legend has it that Noccalula Falls, once called Black Creek Falls, is named after the Cherokee princess who chose to leap to her death rather than marry a man she didn’t love.