Little River Canyon National Preserve, Fort Payne

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Little River Canyon National Preserve is a United States National Preserve located on top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama, and DeSoto State Park. Created by an Act of Congress in 1992, the 15,288-acre (6,187 ha) preserve protects what is sometimes said to be the nation's longest mountaintop river, the Little River. The canyon was historically called "May's Gulf", "gulf" being a common term throughout the Cumberland Plateau for this sort of feature. Prior to being assigned to the National Park Service, the canyon area formed the southmost unit of Alabama's DeSoto State Park.
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  • Always beautiful! We took time to go swimming on this trip! The weather was perfect! We late in the afternoon.  more »
  • This is a magnificent park and Little River Canyon is a must see if one has time to do some sightseeing. In riding around the canyon, caution is advised. Roads are good but winding with steep curves.....  more »
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  • Great place to ride Motorcycle. Awesome Center facility, friendly staff. Gotta be careful on the second part of the ride on CR 275, there's some gravel near every adjoining road and low places. Kinda hard to see the canyon unless you stop at the overlooks. They should pave the overlooks for motorcycles. Gotta come back in the fall or spring to see a good flow over the falls.
  • Easily one of my favorite day trips in the state of Alabama. The wildlife is amazing as well as all of the beautiful swim spots and hiking trails! We have been up every other weekend (pretty much) this summer.

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