Scott & Kristy Nilsson's Travels

Touring Alabama


(in the north Alabama Mountains)







Little River Canyon







Little River Canyon ~ A gorgeous, wide waterfall is the highlight of this 1,200 foot deep canyon.  The turquoise water of the Little River has carved a 12-mile long canyon, just over the Alabama border that can be seen from the canyon rim's paved road.  Additionally, there are two short, yet advanced hikes down into the gorge. One requires that hikers take some five to ten foot vertical descents to reach the river side.  The other is less advanced, but steep and rocky, and leads to a small sand beach on the riverside and a tributary stream full of lovely, small waterfalls.  Other interesting views include a very tall, very thin waterfall called Grace's High Falls (visible from the road), a large "mushroom-shaped rock" in the middle of the canyon rim road and many tall boulders to climb on.


Picnicking, hiking, wading, class III+ to a VI white water paddling (recommended only for experts), canoeing, mountain bike riding, horse back riding (you bring the horse) and rock climbing (sheer cliffs) are popular activities. Fishing is permitted in designated areas.



Entrance Fee: None, except for Day Use areas: $2.00

Trail Length: Unknown

Accessibility: Both waterfalls and sweeping vistas of the canyon are visible from the road.  Hike into the canyon are highly advanced and are inaccessible for wheelchairs or those with mobility impairments.

Restrooms: Yes

Pets: Not posted



Directions: From Atlanta, GA to

Little River in Fort Payne, Alabama


Take 75 North to Exit 125
Turn left after exiting
Follow road approximately 4 miles
At the Red Light - turn left - then a quick right to Hwy. 411
Follow Hwy. 411 to Rome, Georgia
On the East side of Rome, leave Hwy. 411 to Hwy. 20
Follow Hwy. 20 through Rome to the Alabama state line
At the Alabama state line, Hwy. 20 turns into Hwy. 9
Follow 6-7 miles to the intersection of Hwy. 35 to Fort Payne, Alabama
Turn right on Hwy. 35
Follow 16-20 miles to Little River Canyon National Preserve
Little River Falls will be on your left immediately before the bridge






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