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Little River Canyon National Preserve

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Address: 4322 Little River Trail NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967
Phone Number: +1 256-845-9605
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The deepest canyon east of the Mississippi is surrounded by the scenic...

The deepest canyon east of the Mississippi is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain.

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Spectacular family-friendly hiking!

This is the perfect place to take your family hiking and exploring! We stopped at the Little River Canyon Center for a map and trail recommendations, and the park ranger was very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the perfect place to take your family hiking and exploring! We stopped at the Little River Canyon Center for a map and trail recommendations, and the park ranger was very friendly and helpful. We have a 10 year old and a 7 year old, and it was just the right thing for us to do together. The kids... More 

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Lyerly, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Winding roads, picnic area, camping, lovely views, cabin rentals, nice restaurant. The drive thru the preserve is nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Little River Canyon is something to see. It is just beautiful. There is a good picnic spot or two along the drive. There are plenty of overlooks and hiking trails. We explored the backcountry area this time around, do not attempt this without a 4wd vehicle. You can get in trouble quick.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

This preserve is a bit off the beaten path but worth the ride. The draught in the area caused the falls to be barely visible but the magnificent views were still worth it. They did have some trails closed due to wildfire. 😅 The changing leaves in the fall make the drive between lookout points enjoyable and scenic. Plenty of... More 

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

If you want to visit one of Nature's greatest parks in the Southeast, Little River Canyon is the place! Very light traffic, beautiful trails, flora, fauna, waterfalls, and the locals are super nice! A great family adventure spot, kayak and canoe rentals available and a very reasonable price above the falls for a nice easy paddle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

I have been going to Little River Canyon my entire life. It's an amazing and gorgeous place to visit. It has always been clean and a very popular place. Great place to take children or pets.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

I traveled to this NPS site located near Fort Payne, AL. The park is divided into two sections, divided by a road. On one side is the visitors centers and park areas where one can easily walk through forested areas. On the other side, you can see several waterfalls, the main one can be reach by driving down the road... More 

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

If you get carsick this is not for you. Lots of winding curves and some straight up drives.The leaves were turning and it was a pretty drive. Lots of great places to pull off and take pictures. But not a drive for the weak of heart. You can take a road to the top and by pass the winding road... More 

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London, ON
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

We came at the end of a very dry summer and the water levels were very low. It was still pretty and one could imagine how nice it would be with lots of water.

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McDonough, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This facility is awesome. It is ran by the National Parks Service with help from Jacksonville State University, NASA, Randy Owen of Alabama, among others. So basically it is a really nice place. We watched a 20 minute video and learned about the canyon and surrounding ecosystem. We never knew we would be learning on our vacation, lol. The best... More 

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