Alabama Nature March 29, 2016
7 Wonders Of The World That Are Right Here In Alabama
We’re all familiar with the Seven Wonders of the World. However, did you know Alabama has its very own Seven Wonders? From prehistoric caves to magnificent waterfalls, here are seven incredible places we consider to be the Seven Wonders of Alabama:
1. Noccalula Falls
Located in Gadsden, Alabama, Noccalula Falls, a beautiful 90-foot waterfall, is the main feature of Noccalula Falls Park. This beautiful waterfall is marked with a bronze statue of Noccalula, a young Cherokee woman who, according to legend, leaped to her death after her father demanded her to marry a man she wasn't in love with.
2. Cathedral Caverns
Cathedral Caverns, located in Marshall County, is the main feature of Cathedral Caverns State Park. Originally called "Bats Cave," Cathedral Caverns was first developed in the 1950s as a tourist attraction. And in 1972, it was declared a National Natural Landmark. Cathedral Caverns features Goliath, one of the world's largest stalagmites. The measurement of this impressive stalagmite is 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference.
3. Little River Canyon National Preserve
Little River Canyon National Preserve, which is located on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama, is more than 15,000 acres in size and protects the Little River - the nation's longest mountaintop river. It's believed that this gorgeous canyon is the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi River.
4. Cheaha Mountain
Cheaha Mountain, the main feature of Cheaha State Park, is located only a few miles from the small town of Delta. At 2,407 feet above sea level, this incredible mountain is the highest natural point in Alabama.
5. Russell Cave National Monument
Established in 1961, the Russell Cave National Monument is located near the small town of Bridgeport and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. What makes Russell Cave intriguing is the fact it was used as a shelter by prehistoric Indians from the earliest known human settlement in the southeastern United States. Archaeologists have discovered human remains that may date back more than 8,000 years.
6. DeSoto Falls
DeSoto Falls, located near Mentone, Alabama, is a magnificent waterfall that plunges more than 100 feet. This magnificent waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire South. It's also one of the tallest and most visited waterfalls in Alabama.
7. Neversink Pit
Cavers from all over the world are attracted to Neversink Pit, a 162ft open air pit featuring beautiful waterfalls and rare ferns. Neversink Pit, which is located in Jackson County, is a great attraction for anyone feeling adventurous. It's also one of the most photographed sinkholes in the world.
Have you visited any of these Seven Wonders of Alabama? If so, which one(s)? Also, what other incredible places would you consider to be one of Alabama’s Seven Wonders?