High Falls

I've been feeling a little in need for some adventure and watching Steele run around like a mad man (his normal MO if he's not playing outside), I knew he would love seeing a new place. 

High Falls in the Talladega National Forest is a pretty popular spot in the summer from what I understand, but the now two times I've been it's been pretty perfect. Steele and I were the only people there and took full advantage of that!

 

The hike in is super short (around .3 miles in to the first fall) but does involve a creek crossing. Just be aware of that and slick rock if you're thinking about visiting after rains. I have a feeling that people underestimate how slippery the sandstone is after crossing the creek. (also side note: I was dying in my long sleeve! We quickly delayered at the falls!)

The hike in is super short (around .3 miles in to the first fall) but does involve a creek crossing. Just be aware of that and slick rock if you're thinking about visiting after rains. I have a feeling that people underestimate how slippery the sandstone is after crossing the creek. (also side note: I was dying in my long sleeve! We quickly delayered at the falls!)

The second falls! I ended up carrying Steele around the right shallow side of the pool to go touch the waterfall. No documentation of this endeavor because even though my phone is suppose to be waterproof, I'm going to make an educated guess and say the cracks it suffered in Joshua Tree negate that!

The second falls! I ended up carrying Steele around the right shallow side of the pool to go touch the waterfall. No documentation of this endeavor because even though my phone is suppose to be waterproof, I'm going to make an educated guess and say the cracks it suffered in Joshua Tree negate that!

I love his look in this photo! He kept pointing and saying "Mama! See! A waterfall!"

I love his look in this photo! He kept pointing and saying "Mama! See! A waterfall!"

We spent the next couple of hours scrambling around the base of the falls, chasing anoles, sitting and watching, racing boat leaves, and splashing in the water (because Alabama thinks it's early summer). It was awesome! Next time we visit here, we will definitely come earlier, bring the hammock and a lunch, and stay for the entire day!

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What other areas of Talladega National Forest or the general area should we visit while we are home?