Dismals Canyon

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

This spring Kevin and I visited the secluded and mysterious Dismals Canyon in Phil Campbell, Alabama. Dismals Canyon is famous for its glowing caves and unique bioluminescent glow worms!

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

The canyon walking path was gorgeous and Miley and Howie got right to exploring.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

The Dismals Canyon trail is a short 1.5 mile loop that follows a quiet stream, but you could easily spend all afternoon exploring the canyon.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

Loved the beautiful high canyon walls covered in moss that would “weep” like a slow, trickling rain drops.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

The trail had so many fun stairs and stepping stones. Although I guess Howie prefers a more direct approach by cutting straight through the stream!

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

Beautiful Dismals Canyon.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

It was pretty hot outside, but the canyon is shady and cool.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

Time for a swim!

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

There were even a few very narrow passageways to squeeze through!

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

Loved these fiery walls.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

At the end of the trail, this fallen tree was turned into a bridge to cross to the other side of the stream.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

The trail made its way back to the beginning of the canyon, crossing one final swinging bridge leading to the entrance.

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

Dismals Canyon in Alabama ~ Glow Worm Caves

What makes Dismals Canyon so unique are the mysterious glow worms, also known as Dismalites. The canyon is home to these rare and tiny phosphorescent “glow worms” that light up the canyon bluffs like a thousand stars on a dark night. The canyon offers guided twilight tours to see these unique creatures, and is a completely magical experience. Dismals Canyon was such a fun day trip, I loved spending the afternoon here and meeting the Dismalites.