Viewing the Falls
A paved path leads down to
an overlook where visitors
can absorb the stunning
beauty of Little River Falls.
Little River Falls from Above
An overlook on Canyon Rim
Drive provides a dramatic
view of the falls and head of
Little River Canyon. - Little River Falls, Alabama - Little River Falls, Alabama
Little River Falls - Lookout Mountain, Alabama
Little River Falls
Water thunders over the dramatic 45-foot waterfall at
Alabama's Little River Canyon National Preserve.
Scenic Beauty in Alabama
One of the most spectacular and accessible
waterfalls in the South, Little River Falls is
located atop Lookout Mountain near
Payne, Alabama.

A major feature of the
Little River Canyon
National Preserve, the waterfall runs
year-round and marks the head of what many
call the "Grand Canyon of the East."

The waterfall is located where Alabama
Highway 35 crosses the Little River. The falls
are less than a 30-minute drive from
Interstate 59 at Fort Payne and can be seen
from two locations. An overlook on the
national park's
Canyon Rim Drive provides a
view of the 45-foot high falls from the top of
the canyon, but a much closer view can be
obtained by crossing over the river on
Highway 35 to the parking lot and access
point on the right.

The overlook on
Canyon Rim Drive is
accessible to persons of all abilities, while
the viewing platform on the east bank is
reached by a paved by very steep trail.
Visitors can also make their way from the
east bank site out onto the rocks surrounding
the waterfall and the river flowing to it.

The falls have been a landmark for
thousands of years. Native Americans knew
of them for centuries before the arrival of
Europeans. They were noted by early
explorers and settlers of the region and an
early river crossing was located just
upstream. Both Union and Confederate
troops passed through the area during the
Civil War.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries,
the Edna Hill Community grew up around the
falls. A mill was built just above the waterfall
where the rushing water was used as a
power source. In addition to the water mill, a
store, church and homes were built in the

The community at Little River Falls eventually
passed into history and only photographs of
the little settlement remain today. An
interpretive panel at the east viewing
platform, however, tells the story of Edna Hill
and helps visitors visualize the area as it
appeared when the settlement was there.
The waterfall marks the head of a
magnificent canyon that has long been called
the "Grand Canyon of the East."  More than
eleven miles long and up to 700 feet deep,
the canyon has been carved over thousands
of years by the rushing water of Little River.

Spurred on by local preservationists, the
Federal government designated the area as
a national preserve in 1992. Now one of the
nation's newest national parks, Little River
Canyon attracts visitors by the thousands.

Little River Falls is one of the most popular
spots in the preserve. After tumbling over the
45-foot drop, the river takes on a rugged and
rough appearance and forms one of the
finest whitewater streams in the South.

The park on the east bank at Little River Falls
provides picnic tables and restroom facilities.
Accommodations are available at nearby
DeSoto State Park and in the communities of
Fort Payne and Mentone.
Little River Falls in Winter
The waterfall flows year-round
but takes on a striking
appearance during the winter
months when the Little River
runs high.
Little River Falls in Summer
The waterfall remains
picturesque even during the
summer months, when lower
water allows the adventurous
to approach the falls on foot.
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