The most popular feature of Little River Canyon National Preserve is Little River Falls. At 45 feet high, Little River Falls demonstrates the power of water, with Little River carving its way through the sandstone bedrock and creating the beautiful canyon surrounding it. The flow of the falls varies with the season. Summer and fall find the river low, exposing the picturesque sandstone beneath while leaving pools of water perfect for wading in above the falls, and a wonderful swimming hole below the falls. Winter and spring rains bring the waterfall to its full glory. Expert level Kayakers love to kayak the river.
Access to Little River Falls can be found from the paved parking lot on the west side of the Highway 35 bridge. An ADA accessible boardwalk leads visitors to a close view of the falls. There is no charge for this area. The 100-car parking lot has spaces for RV’s, buses, and other large vehicles. There is a picnic area with several tables and barbeque grills in a shaded area at the end of the parking lot. Restrooms are available in the center of the parking lot.
On late spring and summer weekends, the Little River Falls parking lot often is full by 11:00 AM (CST) and park staff will close the lot until spaces become available. Have a back-up plan in case this area is inaccessible due to a full parking lot.
Address: 4322 Little River Trail #100, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967
Coordinates: 34.399181, -85.635727