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Little River Canyon National Preserve




Fort Payne


Little River Canyon National Preserve


The area known as the "Backcountry area" offers hiking and miles of equestrian trails that offer beautiful, breathtaking views from atop Lookout Mountain and also of the Little River. Trails are wide, mostly rolling hills with some climbs, some rocks, crosses the river twice. Trail head has small parking area but has easy access.

Along the canyon drive are several other trails including trails down into the canyon as well as along the river.

Map Links:  

Satelite view
(Map of all trails)

  Google Birds-Eye-View



Trail Website:  

Little River Canyon WMA

Total Miles:  

Several Miles on different tails

Primary Use:  

Hiking and Equestrian

Directions to Trails:  

Take Hwy 35 south from Fort Payne for about 7 miles, visitors center on left.

Trail Restrictions:  

No ATVs in the preserve.





Trail Amenities

Trail Restrooms:  

YES – Most trailheads

Trail Information Center:  

YES - Preserve Visitors Center

Picnic Area:  

YES - Throughout the Preserve

Group Pavilion:  

YES - At Canyon Mouth Picnic Area


YES – anywhere on Little River

Trail User Fee:  


Additional Information:  

- Little River Wildlife Management Area is know as the Backcountry Area. - Camping only allowed in one of three primitive sites in the Backcountry Area. Slant Rock, Billy’s Ford and Hartline Ford.
- 23 miles of roads in Backcountry area (roads 01-11) allow horseback riding.
- Hunting allowed in the Backcountry area during certain times of the year.

Little River Canyon panorama from scenic overlook

View down Little River Canyon from scenic overlook

Interesting rock formation along the canyon drive.

Balancing Rock

Scenic canyon views Covered pavilion complete with restrooms

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