Dams have tamed the river once called the Niagara of the South, but the sprawling falls at the end of the gorge is still one of the best rides in Dixie: a steady drop down a humpbacked rock face 30-feet long ("smooth and round like an ice-cream scoop," says Dave Hajdasz, a frequent visitor) that finishes with a 17-foot drop into a seemingly bottomless pool. In summer the park service restricts visitors to 100 per day, and closes the area during heavy rains. The falls is a little more than a mile from the park's interpretive center, which you'll need to get to by 8 am to guarantee a pass.
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