The park is located in DeKalb and Cherokee Counties in Alabama. We are in the upper northeast corner of the state. The Visitor Center is located in Fort Payne, Alabama.
Your first stop should be at the Little River Canyon Center at 4322 Little River Trail NE (472 AL Hwy 35 for GPS).Come let us tell you what is available and get a park map before you begin exploring the park. A movie, gift shop, and restrooms are also available at this facility.
Little River Canyon National Preserve is divided into three parts: Backcountry Area, Scenic Drive and Canyon Mouth Park. There are also two waterfalls along AL Highway 35 that people also like to visit (Little River Falls from Boardwalk and Grace's High Falls).
The Scenic Drive offers an eleven-mile drive down AL Highway 176 with eight overlooks to stop and enjoy the scenery. Very little walking is required to enjoy the views. Picnic tables are available along the scenic drive.
Canyon Mouth Park is a popular place to picnic, and spend the day near the water. There is a $10 fee for parking. A $25 Annual pass is available. The automated fee machine does not accept credit cards. Restrooms are available at this location.
Little River Falls offers a paved 100-car parking lot with a boardwalk leading down to the falls. The parking lot is located next to the AL Hwy 35 bridge. Restrooms and picnic tables are available (no reservations). A hiking trail leads you to Little Falls.
Little Falls is located near Little River Falls. This site offers a gravel parking lot for up to 50 cars. There are no picnic tables or restrooms at this location. This is a very popular attraction for people that want to be near the water.
Special uses such as weddings, baptisms, professional photography/filming or other special events require a permit.
Fee FREE day on November 11, 2018 – Honoring Veterans at Little River Canyon National Preserve
Canyon Mouth Park is the only location you will encounter fees at our park. The $10 parking fee will be waived for all users in honor of the dedicated veterans that have and continue to serve to protect our country.
Superintendent Steve Black says, “November 11 is special day for millions of American Veterans and in honor of those who served their country, we want to invite everyone to visit a National Park Service area for free this Veterans Day.”
Last updated: April 6, 2018