Little River Canyon National Preserve - Camping is not permitted at this time.

Little River Canyon National Preserve has closed all backcountry campsites for health and safety
reasons. The three campsites normally open February 1 each year. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our visitors. Unfortunately, when we were inspecting the sites prior to opening, we determined that we must keep them closed because the pit toilets at the sites are unserviceable. They are at risk of overflowing and contaminating the surrounding areas.

We are working to establish replacement sites. The park is completing required studies of the replacement sites to ensure we meet state and federal standards. The closed sites will be returned to their natural state after they are cleaned. We do not have a date for opening new campsites at this time.

We recognize how important camping is to our visitors so we are providing some options below. We are not promoting one campground over the other, we are only providing a list of some of the nearby campgrounds for your convenience. This is not a complete list, we will add more at a later time.

DeSoto State Park Backpack Camping
DeSoto State Park Backpack Camping

DeSoto State Park

DeSoto State Park, 7104 DeSoto Parkway, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Offers three types of camping. (Information courtesy of DeSoto State Park website)

Improved Campground has a total of 94 full hook-up sites, with 2 comfort stations centrally located that have restrooms, showers, &coin-laundry.. Each site can accommodate any size of large camping units. Tents are also welcome. Picnic tables &grills are located at each site.

Primitive Campground is comprised of 21 individual wooded campsites and 3 large group sites. Each individual campsite has a fire pit and enough room for two tents. A vaulted toilet, picnic tables, trash cans, picnic shelter, and a water faucet are centrally located in the campground. Campers are allowed access to the Improved Campground (roughly 1 mile away) to use comfort stations & showers

Backcountry Campsites are a one-of-a-kind camping experience, for those that prefer a camping site with a more rustic view of nature.

To reach these sites you must carry in your supplies over a distance of a couple of miles.

Never-Never Land Backcountry Campsite
Latitude N34.49313 Longitude W-085.63768
Located in the Forever Wild Tract purchased in 2005, this back country campsite sits near an un-named seasonal stream. The area was nick-named Never-Never Land, by the many Mountain Bike volunteers who built the trails in the area. The shortest route to this backcountry campsite is .75 miles from the Lost Falls Trailhead. Longer routes can be taken by accessing other trails.

An 8 ft. by 10 ft. trail-side shelter was added to the Never-Never Land Backcountry Campsite in
the fall of 2011 and was made possible through a partnership between Alabama State Parks, National Park Service and NASA

CCC Quarry Backcountry Campsite
Latitude N34.50678 Longitude W-085.62658
The CCC Quarry backcountry campsite is located northeast of the old Civilian Conservation Corps quarry off the white trail. One of the shortest routes to this backcountry campsite is 1.1 miles from the Country Store parking lot, following the white trail.

An 8 ft. by 10 ft. open shelter was added to the CCC Quarry Backcountry Campsite in the winter of 2013 and was constructed by the Fort Payne High School Ag Class.

Overnight backpackers are entitled to camp at a designated backpacking campsite only. Backpackers are not entitled to use the improved campground facilities.

For more information on camping at DeSoto State Park call: 1-800-760-4089.

Little River RV Park & Campground
Little River RV Park & Campground

Little River RV Park & Campground 1357 County Road 261, Fort Payne, AL 35967

Offers three types of camping. (Information courtesy of Little River RV Park & Campground).

The campground is located just 2 miles from Little River Canyon National Preserve and 8 miles from Desoto State Park. It is a pet friendly campground (pets must be on a leash at all times).

There are 42 total campsites. Amenities include: Shower House, Laundry Room, Fishing Pond, Playground, Horseshoes and on site Hiking Trails. Some sites have cable and WiFi.

RV Camping offers 26 sites with full hook-ups. Seven of these are pull-thru sites.

Tent Camping (8 each) offer power, fire ring and picnic table.

Backwoods Camping (8 each) is just a short hike away. These sites do not have water or power, fire ring or a picnic table.

For more information contact them at: (256) 619-2267. Email:

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Mailing Address:

4322 Little River Trail NE
Suite 100

Fort Payne, AL 35967


(256) 845-9605 x201

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