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Little River Canyon National Preserve

4322 Little River Trail NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967
+1 256 845 9605
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Fort Payne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Canyons, Parks
Description: The deepest canyon east of the Mississippi is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain.
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Huntsville, Alabama
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Little River Canyon National Preserve of Alabama near Fort Payne is a hidden gem. The canyon includes a scenic drive with many beautiful overlooks. The preserve includes 10 wonderful trails which lead down to the river from the drive at the top of the canyon. The waterfalls and river at the bottom of the canyon are impressive. My favorite place... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I spent my teen years in North Alabama and had absolutely no clue this canyon existed. But I am glad to know now. It's a stunning canyon. You can hike various parts of it, although it seems a good idea to be experienced and well equipped given how steep and rocky parts are. I had a 4 yr old and... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My boyfriend, his children and I visited Little River Canyon during the end of July 2014. We live in Florida, so the change of scenery was wonderful. The canyon has numerous waterfalls, rocky streams and abundant deciduous forest. There are several places to view the canyon and camping available. We didn't camp, but spent an afternoon hiking through some rocky... More

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Northport, Alabama
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you're visiting definitely do the scenic drive, but you can turn around after the Eberhart Point overlook because the road takes you farther away from the canyon and you cannot see anything. The views was excellent from most of the overlooks, but some views are less desirable during the summer because of the vegetation that blocks views. If you're... More

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Central, Louisiana, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I was impressed with the beauty of this canyon. There are so many hiking trails along the canyon, you didn't know which one to take first. Take a picnic luch and lots of water for the trails.

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Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The falls are simply beautiful. I spent an afternoon here and it was very peaceful. The trails are great and the view of the falls is memorable. There isn't much to do in the surrounding area so make sure to take advantage of this stop.

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Alabama
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Being Alabama natives, we had never been there. I have always wanted to go and this week, I decided to do day trips instead of paying hundreds of dollars to stay on the beach with crowds everywhere. WOW! What a perfect time to go! We lucked out on the weather - perfect with some record lows for the summer. There... More

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Selma, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Beautiful, Great place to swim, site see and hike. Before you start your adventure, don't miss the Little River Canyon National Preserve Welcome Center. Watch the 17 min. film, worth your time. Staff is Super helpful. Also has a Wonderful gift shop!

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Irondale, Alabama
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The canyon is the largest canyon east of the Rockies. It is a wonderful adventure for all ages. The drive alone the rim is scenic, especially in the fall. You can go from Cherokee County, Al in the south to the edges of Chattanooga, Tn to the north. There are many opportunities for the adventurous to hike down into the... More

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Absolutely the falls are beautiful but there is so much more to see and do. Driving along the canyon is magnificent. There are several spots along the way to just pull over and be amazed by the beauty. Makes me proud to live in this beautiful state!

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