This spring has been wonderful if you like waterfalls, so this will be the subject of several of my next posts. The first one is a new one for me. It is a ninety foot falls near Montevallo, Alabama named Falling Rock Falls.
I had read where the Wildlife Management Area required one to have a permit when visiting the falls. However, after visiting their web site and speaking with them, I was told that a permit is needed only to hunt. The person that I spoke with also indicated that the falls themselves were not on WMA property. If it isn’t then I think that it can be safety said that one has to cross WMA property to get to them, since there are enough signs in the area. Regardless, please observe all rules and laws regarding the WMA.
Directions to the Trailhead:
Beginning at the intersection of Hwy 52 and Hwy 17 in Helena, travel South on Hwy 17 until it comes to a T with Hwy 22. Turn right onto Hwy 22.
After passing through the community of Dogwood, there will be an obvious area that has been clear cut. It appears to be a mining reclamation project. The unmarked trailhead is located at the second road on the right.
GPS Settings: N 33° 09′ 57.7″ W 86° 53′ 58.2″
Note: If you pass the Macedonia Church you have gone too far.
WMA Ranger Office: 205-339-5716
Directions to the Falls:
The trailhead begins at the locked white gate.
Walk past the gate and down the well-maintained gravel road.
When you reach a Y in the road keep to the right and look for an obvious trail on the left.
In a matter of yards after taking the trail you will reach an old wash out logging road.
Turn left and continue down to the creek. You will probably hear it.
At the bottom of the hill is Edding’s Creek and the top of Falling Rock Falls.
There are small trails on either side of the falls that lead to the bottom.
Also, behind the falls is a cavern.
Note: This is a nice easy stroll until you reach the trail. From this point it will become more moderate. This trail can be very raw especially going down to the falls. Expect it to be steep and slippery in some spots. Just take it slowly, use common sense, and be safe. This isn’t a state park with a nice designated trail, nor is it handicap accessible, so leave your great-grandmother at home. However, be sure to take a lot of pictures to show her, because it is so beautiful.