Wildlife Management Area

A bend in the river, the banks covered with trees in fall colors,  as seen from a high rock.
A panoramic view from High Rock, a rock formation with a swimming area below located out in the back country of Little River Canyon National Preserve.

NPS / Matt Switzer


The backcountry of Little River Canyon National Preserve is a landscape of rolling hills and dense woodlands, where Little River runs calm and wildlife abounds. The 23 miles of road in the Wildlife Management Area are open to 4 wheel drive vehicles, horseback riders, bicyclists, and hikers. This area is also popular for kayaks and canoes during the wetter months.

The backcountry is accessible by a series of numbered roads off Cherokee County Road 103, DeKalb County Road 295, Oakhill Road, and Dunn Road. 4 wheel drive vehicles are required to traverse many of the backcountry roads in the Wildlife Management Area. Numbered roads are subject to erosion during heavy rainstorms and portions of the roads may be impassable at any time.

* Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) such as ATVs, UTVs, and non-street legal dirt bikes are NOT allowed on any road at Little River Canyon National Preserve.

Two images of dirt roads running through the woods, the third image is of a gentle bend in the river.
Three pictures of back country roads/areas in different seasons. The first picture is Road 2 in Spring. The second picture is Road 7 in Fall. The third picture is a swimming spot, Slant Rock, in summer.

NPS / Matt Switzer

Last updated: July 29, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

4322 Little River Trail NE Ste 100
Fort Payne, AL 35967


256 845-9605 x201
Main phone number for Little River Canyon National Preserve.

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