Little River Canyon National Preserve


Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians. One special way to enjoy the Little River Canyon National Preserve is the 11-mile scenic drive that stretches through the preserve. There are several outlook points along the drive where visitors can see beautiful scenery and wildlife. This unique opportunity offers visitors spectacular views of the canyon and other natural phenomena. Enjoy camping, backcountry activities, use of picnic areas, and outdoor sports. Visitors can hunt, fish, kayak, swim, hike, climb, and camp in the wilderness. Take a few steps away from the real world, and enjoy this beautifully scenic area, fun for all ages.


Seasonality / Weather

Open year-round.



From Chattanooga: Head East on East ML King Blvd toward Market Street then take the 1st LEFT onto Market Street. Turn LEFT at W 4th Street and merge onto US-27 S via the ramp to I-24 then take the exit onto I-24 W toward Nashville/Birmingham. Take exit 167 on the LEFT to merge onto I-59 S toward B'ham 39.1 mi. Take exit 222 toward Fort Payne, Alabama then turn LEFT at US-11 S/Greenhill Blvd NW. Continue to follow US 11 S/Gault Avenue and turn LEFT on 5th Street NE/AL HWY 35. Go straight at Traffic Light then turn LEFT up the mountain toward DeSoto State Park. Go up mtn to Flashing Traffic Light and continue STRAIGHT at flashing light. Continue on Hwy 35 almost 4 mi. LEFT into driveway across from Ralph's Little River Store and you have arrived!