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Little River Canyon National Preserve

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Awesome views from different vantage points.

We went to one of the overlooks down a short trail to reach the view we had of the falls. It was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sue L
Great hiking!

Nice rangers station, lots of pertinent info and knowledgeable advisors. Several hikes available... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Birmingham, Alabama
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“visitor center”(26 reviews)
The deepest canyon east of the Mississippi is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain.
4322 Little River Trl NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967-9300
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All reviews scenic drive little river canyon visitor center east of the mississippi mushroom rock scenic overlooks beautiful scenery viewing area natural beauty beautiful place to visit middle of the road hiking trails wolf creek beautiful area rock climbing fall colors day trip
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to one of the overlooks down a short trail to reach the view we had of the falls. It was so pretty. Lots of pictures and had a great time.

Thank Sue L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice rangers station, lots of pertinent info and knowledgeable advisors. Several hikes available and maps are easily understood and trails marked. The Falls were about a third of their typical capacity due to drought but still beautiful. Hike down to Martha's falls and enjoy the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to get to this very pretty waterfall as the parking lot is only steps away. There are a few steps to go down or you can take the ramp/walkway. Plenty of viewing and photo opt spots. Interesting info on the Canyon itself. A visitor...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great day trip to see this scenic drive. Beautiful waterfall. Even though we went in dry season. Still so pretty. Love the mushroom rock.

Thank Carol T
Reviewed September 5, 2018

This is a well maintained site with great access. The visitors center is new and the staff is helpful. The preserve is small enough to see in half a day and well worth the visit.

1  Thank Lee W
Reviewed September 4, 2018

The waterfalls are absolutely majestic. Drive through the canyon, down the mountain and behold what I consider the Grand Canyon of Alabama, it’s spectacular. There’s plenty of scenic pull offs for photos and other must sees such as the tallest waterfall and Mushroom rock. I...More

1  Thank christys112
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

We had such a good day here. Spent the whole day driving the canyon drive and spending time at the falls, hiking and swimming, playing. What a beautiful place!!

1  Thank 6ftbln01
Reviewed August 22, 2018

This is a very easily accessed park with a walking path and stairs leading straight to the falls. What a beautiful river and falls. It is about 40'-50' from the river to bottom of falls. You will not be disappointed if you like nature and...More

1  Thank harryh409
Reviewed August 22, 2018

We took our motorcycle club from Tennessee to this area and were voted the best ride of the year. Beautiful scenery, many waterfalls and great picnic areas.

1  Thank Riki R
Reviewed August 14, 2018

There are 2 scenic drives with one being much shorter, with the latter the one we took. The drive had nice overlooks with very little traffic. The waterfall is amazing, particularly after all the rain we had this year. Even more amazing is that kayak...More

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September 23, 2018|
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Response from JubileeJerry | Reviewed this property |
You have to hike down long steps to get to the swimming area at the top of the falls.
McKenna K
July 21, 2018|
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Response from cer1126 | Reviewed this property |
The waterfalls have a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible; if a wheelchair is an option since she can’t walk far. There is a beautiful overlook of the falls so it would be well worth it. If that isn’t an option you can... More
Emma M
June 17, 2018|
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Response from ELFDUDE | Reviewed this property |
Dawn to Dusk for hiking but the main road is open 24hrs!