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The Dismals is a moist sandstone gorge cut by Dismals Branch. The site contains a rich diversity of native plant life, including a stand of virgin timber composed chiefly of hemlock, tulip poplar, sweetgum, and beech. Huge blocks of sandstone have broken away from the gorge walls and lie in haphazard fashion on the floor, producing many natural bridges and damp rockface microhabitats.

Location: Franklin County, AL

Year designated: 1974

Acres: 96

Ownership: Private

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Last Updated: June 28, 2012