Located in Fish Hatchery Park just 30 minutes southwest of Huntsville, Hatchery Falls is a wild waterfall with easy access which makes it a perfect destination for a short visit and a quick hike.
To get to the falls, travel across highway 141 and then go north on Fish Hatchery Rd. If you’re coming from the east it’s about 20km from Highway 11. Once you’re on Fish Hatchery Road you’ll see the sign for the park on the left side of the road, just after you pass the camp. There is a parking lot beside the sign and some timely outhouses if you’re coming from far away!
The trail to Hatchery Falls heads west from the parking lot and follows the river. The hike has a lot of changing terrain but is not really that difficult. There were some slippery parts due to water flowing down the hills, so make sure you watch your footing. There are also several interpretive signs about the area on the trail, which I always love to see. You should reach the falls in about 10-15 minutes, though you’ll hear it long before you see it.
Hatchery Falls is a wonderful little spot. The falls themselves are about 7-8m high with multiple drops over a short distance. The trail will take you from the crest of the falls to the bottom with a little bit of effort on your part. There are a couple of nice spots at the bottom where you can sit and enjoy a break while looking back on one of the best waterfalls in the area. These falls are definitely one to add to your list!