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North Alabama Hidden Gems – Noccalula Falls & Orbix Hot Glass

Discover some of North Alabama's hidden gems!

Some of the state’s best kept secrets and hidden gems are located right here in North Alabama. From museums and hole-in-the-wall eats to wineries and animal preserves, we’ve got the spots you definitely need to see for yourself!

Noccalula Falls – 1500 Noccalula Rd, Gadsden, AL 35904

Located just over two miles from downtown Gadsden, Noccalula Falls Park and Campground allows you to escape into nature close to the amenities a traveler or adventurer needs. Whether camping or just visiting for the day this unique attraction will quench your appetite for adventure and history. They have cabins for rent as well as a wedding chapel, and admission to the park includes a petting zoo and a train ride that takes you through the park. But of course, the main attraction is Noccalula Falls. It’s a 90 foot drop into the Black Creek gorge. One of the special attractions to Noccalula Falls is that by accessing the Gorge Trail you can pass under the Falls.  In addition the bridge leading over Black Creek above the Falls allows a 360-degree view of this grand natural waterfall.

Visit them at their website here.

Orbix Hot Glass – 3869 County Rd 275, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Nestled atop Lookout Mountain near Little River Canyon National Preserve in Cherokee County is Orbix Hot Glass. You will be amazed at the creative, imaginative, beautiful glass art that is made at Orbix. In addition to creating art, Orbix invites visitors to come to their studio and create their own art. You can blow your own ornament, sculpt a flower, or create a paperweight.

When you blow your own ornament, you choose your colors and then one of the artists takes a blob of hot glass that’s 2000 degrees and places it on a long blow pipe. The artist then guides you while you blow into the pipe. As you blow, the artist turns the glass at the end, shaping it into an ornament. After you’re done, the artist takes the ornament and places it in a 900 degree cooler where it will stay for approximately three days. You can choose to pick up the ornament or have it shipped to you.

Visit them at their website here for event times and more info.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Visit Alabama Mountain Lakes to find your next great adventure.

Or check out some other hidden gems in North Alabama:

A Civil War museum and some of the best BBQ in the Tennessee Valley.

Get up close with tigers, lions and other exotic animals then stop by a family owned vineyard.

A restaurant with award winning hushpuppys and a farm specializing in beauty products.

A bed and breakfast and one of the most unique restaurants in the state.