Cold Water Falls is a beautiful and serene waterfall located in the Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne, Alabama. The falls are part of the Little River which is one of the most scenic rivers in Alabama. The river flows through a rugged canyon with towering cliffs, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls.
Details about Cold Water Falls
Cold Water Falls is one of the more popular waterfalls along this stretch of river due to its beauty and accessibility from nearby trails. The best way to experience Cold Water Falls is to hike down into the canyon and view it from below. A short walk leads you past several smaller cascades before arriving at this breathtaking 30-foot cascade that drops over several ledges into a deep pool below.
This location also serves as an ideal spot for swimming or fishing during summer months when temperatures rise above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). During winter months, visitors may find ice formations around the edges of the pool making for some unique photographic opportunities!
In addition to its stunning visuals, Cold Water Falls offers plenty of recreational activities such as hiking, camping, bird watching and kayaking among others. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape or an adventure filled outing, Cold Water Falls provides something for everyone!
Directions to Cold Water Falls
Take I-59 North toward Gadsden for about 65 miles until you reach Exit 217 (Mentone). Turn right onto AL-117 South/AL-281 South and go approximately 5 miles until you reach County Road 89. Turn left on CR 89 and follow it for 1 mile until you see DeSoto State Park’s entrance sign on your right.
Continue past the park entrance for another 3 miles or so; this road will eventually become Forest Service Road 500, which winds its way through Desoto State Park before ending at the edge of Little River Canyon. Follow FSR 500 for 2 more miles or so before turning left onto FSR 637 (you’ll see signs here that say “Vulcan Materials Co / Coldwater Falls”). Take FSR 637 all the way to its end – just under one mile – where you’ll find parking near the falls overlook.
Once parked, enjoy a short hike down to Coldwater Falls!