Little River Canyon is the deepest river gorge in the U.S. besides the grand canyon. Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities.
There are several overlooks along the 11-mile scenic drive (AL Highway 176). There is no charge to tour this area. The road is paved with winding curves and hills. Very little walking is needed to enjoy the views from the overlooks. Picnic tables are available at most of the overlooks. Restrooms are located at Little River Falls, Eberhart Point and the Canyon Mouth Day Use Area.
The Backcountry Area is for horseback riders, ATV riders, hikers, 4-wheel drive vehicles and primitive camping. Camping is limited to three sites. Hunting is allowed on designated dates, times and places. A permit is required for ATV drivers. The permit is free and is available at the Superintendent's office in Fort Payne (Mon-Fri 8-4:30, Saturday 10-2). Each ATV driver has to obtain his/her permit in person.
The Canyon Mouth Day Use Area is the perfect place for a day of picnicking along the water. Picnic tables, grills, a water fountain, a footwash station, and restrooms are available. There is a $3 user fee per vehicle for this area. $10 Season passes are also available.
Little River Falls is where the water begins its descent into the canyon. There is no charge to tour this area. There is a 45-foot waterfall, picnic tables, and a restroom at this site. A short walk down a paved walkway leads you to an overlook to enjoy the view.
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