Operating Hours & Seasons

Little River Canyon Center


4322 Little River Canyon Parkway, Fort Payne, AL 35967
Open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST)

No fee

For infomation on Little River Canyon National Preserve, visit the Little River Canyon Center, which is owned and operated by the Jacksonville State University. The front desk is staffed by National Park Service staff, Volunteers, and Jacksonville State University staff.

Gift Shop is owned and operated by Jacksonville State University Field School and is open daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CST)

Scenic Drive, Overlooks, Waterfalls, Trails, and Backcountry Area

Open Daily from Sunrise to Sunset

No fee

Visitors are treated to stunning overlooks and beautiful waterfalls along the Little River Canyon Rim Parkway (County Road 176), trails down into the canyon to river and waterfall access, and 23 miles of unpaved backcountry roads.

Canyon Mouth Park Day-Use Area (current hours are in bold print)
Summer Hours - Open Daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (CST)

Fall/Spring Hours - Open Daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CST) - begins March 8, 2020

Winter Hours - Open Daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST) - begins October 19, 2019

$15 day-use pass fee per vehicle
$35 annual pass available

* Fee machine accepts CASH ONLY (no debit/credit cards or checks) - exact change is strongly recommended
* Fee machine also accepts all America the Beautiful Passes and Little River Canyon National Preserve Day and Annual passes.

This is a wonderful place to bring the family for a day of outdoor fun. Canyon Mouth Park features:

  • a paved parking area
  • restrooms
  • a pavilion
  • several picnic tables and grills
  • river access
  • soccer field
  • playground (coming soon - construction begins August 2019!)
  • an easy 1-mile hike along the river
Canyon Mouth Park closes promptly at the posted closing time - vehicles within the gates after hours are subject to being ticketed and/or towed.

Little River Canyon National Preserve Business Office

Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The business office for Little River Canyon National Preserve is leased from Jacksonville State University. The business office will be closed for the following 2019 holidays:

  • January 1 - New Year's Day
  • Janyary 15 - Martine Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 18 - President's Day
  • May 27 - Memorial Day
  • July 4 - Independence Day
  • September 2 - Labor Day
  • October 14 - Columbus Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 28 - Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
The Preserve will remain open to Visitors during daylight hours during Holidays.

Last updated: March 24, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

4322 Little River Trail NE
Suite 100

Fort Payne, AL 35967


(256) 845-9605 x201

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