Let's begin our journey:
|The stairs down to the canyon|
Down at the bottom of the stairs is Rainbow Falls. The falls were the source of power for a great mill that was destroyed by a flood sometime in the 1950's. The pool at the top was used to baptize members of the local churches back in the early 1800's.
The Chickasaws lived in this area around 1800's.
This rock is considered the "Indian Head Rock." There is the profile of an Indian Warrior - do you see his "Mohawk" haircut and his majestic nose?
Weeping Bluff - The water that seeps from this bluff is said to be tears shed by the Canyon for the loss of its only true friends - the Chickasaw Indians. In 1838 U.S. troops rounded up the Chickasaw and held them under guard in this Canyon for two weeks before herding them like cattle to Muscle Shoals where they began the Trail of Tears. Ninety percent of the Chickasaw Nation perished on the Trail of Tears.
The Witches Cavern is a strange and beautiful labyrinth of moss and fern covered boulders where the largest colony of Dismalites resides. (Dismalites are tiny bioluminescent creatures. These glowworms require a select habitat to survive and are unique to only a few places on Earth. They are close cousins of the rare glowworms found in Australia and New Zealand. Guided night tours allows visitors to see these unique insects.
It was originally thought that Aaron Burr hid in Burr's Hideout after shooting Alexander Hamilton, but upon further investigation it became apparent that Rube Burrors, an 1800's Alabama outlaw, used this area as a hideout. The sound of the names, accompanied by the Southern dialect, resulted in this mistaken identity of whose hideout it was.