The Dismals Canyon, located in Northwest Alabama about 30 miles South of Muscle Shoals, is an amazingly beautiful place unlike anything I have ever seen in this area. It is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, so there are lots of beautiful rock formations, streams, caves and waterfalls.
It was first inhabited by a tribe of Paleo Indians nearly 10,000 years ago, and later by the Pueblo, Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians. There is a lot of history there, yet it's not a state park. It's privately owned and operated. I highly recommend making a drive up there some lazy afternoon. The trail is only 1.5 miles, so it's a relatively short hike.
Here are some photos from last weekends trip. CAleb and his cousin Laina were our guides;)