If you haven’t been to Alabama’s natural wonder Noccalula Falls, you’re missing out. It is gorgeous. And if you haven’t seen it at Christmas, it’s definitely worth a second trip. The 90-foot waterfall is part of Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls Park, which features all kinds of walking trails and a campground, as well as family activities like train rides, a playground, a petting zoo and mini golf. But one of the most interesting areas of the park is the Pioneer Village, which features Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (the sign identifies it as Gilliland’s butit is listed online as Gilliland-Reese).
The bridge was built in 1899 and later moved to the park from the Reece community. Sweetums and I discuss its history in our book “Covered Bridges of Alabama.” You’ll find it listed here.
The park is beautifully decorated each year for Christmas at the Falls and we finally got to go this year on Dec. 30. There was an admission fee and we wore our masks. Check out our photos.