Frequently Asked Questions
A. It is illegal to have alcohol inside the Preserve.
ATV Riding will not be permitted after September 1, 2010.
A. Beginning September 1, 2010 ATV's will no longer be allowed in the preserve.
Q. Will my permit still be good?
A. All ATV permits will be terminated effective September 1, 2010.
Q. Why was the decision made to stop ATV's?
A. In reviewing the laws, policies and regulations as part of the general management planning process, it was recognized that we could not allow ATV use.
Q. What law says I can't ride my ATV in the preserve?
A. Executive Order 11644, as amended and National Park regulations. These Federal requirements do not permit vehicles to travel on designated roads or parking lots in the preserve.
Q. When was this law passed?
A. Executive Order 11644 was issued by President Nixon on February 8, 1972. It directly governs the use of off-road vehicles, including vehicles driven on roads, in units of the National Park System. This Executive Order and the NPS regulations established under it, prohibit the use of ORV's on roads within National park System units.
Q. ATV riding was allowed before, why not now?
A. Although limited ATV use has occurred since this property was set aside as a national preserve, Executive Order 11644 and associated regulations restrict our authority to do so.
Q. Why can't ATV use be continued as before?
A. After thorough legal review, it was determined that ATV use is prohibited in the Preserve. The NPS is required to enforce that regulation.
Q. Will I ever be able to ride my ATV in the preserve again?
A. The development of a Backcountry Management Plan could examine visitor uses and identify some locations or trails for ORV use that does not impair resources. That would allow ATV's to return to the preserve in a limited fashion.
Q. How can I voice my opinion?
A. The best time to voice your opinion will be when the Backcountry Management Plan is being developed.
Q. How will I know when the Backcountry Management Plan will be devleoped?
A. A pubilc notice will be posted in the newspaper and an announcement will be posted on our website after the General Management Plan is complete and funding is secured to develop the plan. .
A. No, Little River Canyon National Preserve has closed all backcountry campsites for health and safety
Q. Can I hike the entire length of the canyon in a day?
A. No, due to the rough terrain and the fact that there is no trail, it would take longer than a day. Only day hikes are allowed. You cannot camp in the canyon.
A. No, it is illegal to have fireworks inside the Preserve.
A. Yes, fishing is allowed anywhere on Little River within the Preserve with a valid fishing license.
Q. Do I need a fishing license to fish at the Preserve?
A. Yes, you must have an Alabama Fishing License or Alabama Out-of-State Fishing License.
Q. What are the most popular fish?
Q. Can I fish with a net?
Q. Where are the hiking areas?
A. Eberhart Point has a three-quarter mile trail from the top of the canyon to the bottom. The trail is strenuous. The scenery is beautiful.
Q. How many miles of road are there in the Backcountry?
Q. Do you provide horses or equipment?
A. No, you must furnish your own horse.
Q. Where do I tie my horse up if I want to have a picnic?
A. You can tie your horse up anywhere along the trail but please do not tie horses within 100 feet of a water source due to potential of polluting the water.
Q. Do I need a permit to ride my horse in the Backcountry?
Q. Do I need a hunting license?
A. Yes, you must obtain an Alabama Hunting License, Wildlife Management Area Permit and Day-Use Permits (when they apply).
Q. Do you rent kayaks or canoes?
Q. How difficult are the rapids on Little River?
Q. Do you offer a shuttle service?
Restrooms / Outhouses
A. Restrooms are located at Little River Falls, Eberhart Point, Canyon Mouth Day Use Area.
Q. Can I add bolts to make my own route?
Q. Are the rock climbing routes mapped?
A. No, we do not have the routes mapped at this time.
Q. Do you rent rock climbing equipment?
A. No, rockclimbers have to provide all of their own equipment.