We stayed on the interstates (I81, 24, 40, & 59) today and drove through Tennessee, Georgia, back into Tennessee and finally arrived in Gadsden, Alabama for a night at Noccalula Falls Campground and Park. There's a story behind the name. Noccalula is the name of a Cherokee princess who leaped to her death from the top of the falls on her wedding day. She was pledged to a Creek warrior, who the Cherokees were at war with, as a peace offering by her father. As the legend goes she was in love with a Cherokee brave and couldn't stand the idea of going withe the Creeks so she jumped. The statue was placed at the falls in the 1960's and is made of bronze from pennies collected from local school kids. Besides the statue, the main feature of the park is the 90-foot waterfall with a gorge trail that winds through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings. The RV park is pretty nice as all of the sites are paved and are full hook-ups.
Short drive tomorrow to Tannehill State Historic Park in McCalla, AL. I'll be there for 2 nights for some photography. Stay tuned.