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    Noccalula Falls Park

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    Noccalula Falls Park is a 250-acre (101-ha) public park located in Gadsden, Alabama (USA).
    The falls are located on land once owned by R.A. Mitchell, who gave the site to the city of Gadsden, so that the area could be improved, and the public could enjoy the falls. R.A. Mitchell Elementary School, named in his honor, is located across the street from the falls. The main feature of the park is a notable 90-foot (27-m) waterfall with a gorge trail[1] winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings. The park also features a petting zoo, mini-golf course, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (built 1899) and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride. It was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on May 12, 1976.[2]
    The falls drop itself has been run successfully in whitewater kayaks at least once in late November 2011 by three expert kayakers. The water level was unusually high permitting a deep enough pool to form at the base of the falls. Ordinary water levels would not form enough of a pool to consider an attempt to run the drop.
    The Noccalula Falls Botanical Gardens is an extensive botanical garden displaying over 25,000 azaleas

    Noccalula Falls, which drops into the Black Creek ravine, is marked with a bronze statue[1] of Cherokee maiden Noccalula who, according to local legends, plunged to her death after being ordered by her father to marry a man she didn't love. The bronze statue of Noccalula was, at the time of its creation, the first statue of a person jumping off a cliff. This legend is much similar to Princess Winona. The bronze used in the statue was made from pennies collected from local school children in the mid-1960s.
    Although no peer-reviewed historic journals have evaluated the veracity of the legend, at least one independent researcher[3] has published evidence suggesting that the story is apocryphal.

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    broad street

    by doug48 Written Sep 14, 2009

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    broad street

    broad street runs through the heart of downtown gadsden. broad street is lined with historic buildings, shops, restaurants. bars, and a couple of museums. a very worth while street to visit when in gadsden.

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    noccalulla falls park

    by doug48 Updated Sep 14, 2009

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    located near the falls is noccalulla falls park. noccalulla falls park has a restored pioneer village, a childens train, petting zoo, and a hiking trail up to the falls. the park also offers camping facilities. there is an admission charge for the park but if you wish just to see the falls go past the park on 12 th street and there is a free parking lot. the noccalulla falls park is a great place to visit when traveling with children.

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    by doug48 Updated Sep 14, 2009

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    most visitors to gadsden come to see noccalulla falls. noccalulla falls is located on lookout mountain just north of downtown. the day i visited the falls the area had not seen much rain fall and the creek that produces the falls was almost dry. in the spring of the year nacalulla falls is more spectacular. just past the falls on 12 th street there is a free parking lot.

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    nichols memorial library

    by doug48 Written Sep 14, 2009
    nichols memorial library

    the nichols memorial library is named after howard gardner nicholas who in 1894 planed a mill village in gadsden. today the library is home to the alabama genealogical society.

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