"Little River Falls February 2014" by NPS , public domain

Little River Canyon

National Preserve - Alabama

Little River Canyon National Preserve is located on top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama, and DeSoto State Park. The monument 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.

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Official Visitor Map of Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (NHT) in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail of Tears - Trail Map

Official Visitor Map of Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (NHT) in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Detail Map of Little River Falls at Little River Canyon National Preserve (NPRES) in Alabama. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Little River Canyon - Little River Falls

Detail Map of Little River Falls at Little River Canyon National Preserve (NPRES) in Alabama. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with DOI's Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with DOI's Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/liri/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_River_Canyon_National_Preserve Little River Canyon National Preserve is located on top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama, and DeSoto State Park. The monument 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. 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. Little River Canyon National Preserve follows along the Little River and covers approximately 40 miles from the northeast corner to the southwest corner. The easiest way to access the park is by Alabama Highway 35 about 10 miles east out of Fort Payne, Alabama. Interstate 59 is the closest interstate. Jacksonville State University Little River Canyon Center The Jacksonville State University Little River Canyon Center is located adjacent to Little River Canyon National Preserve. National Park Service staff and Volunteers and Jacksonville State University staff will greet you and help you plan your visit. Amenities include: Information desk, restrooms, movie, gift shop, trails, and picnic tables. Hours are 10 AM - 4 PM Central Standard Time. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. The Jacksonville State University Little River Canyon Center is located on the north side of Alabama Highway 35, approximately 10 miles east of the city of Fort Payne, Alabama. Interstate 59, which passes through the Fort Payne, Alabama area, is the closest interstate (connecting Birmingham, Alabama and Chattanooga, Tennessee). GPS units and apps may not recognize the 4322 Little River Trail NE Ste 100 address - please try the 432 Little River Trail address in your GPS. Camping Alternatives Camping in the Preserve is not allowed at this time. The Backcountry campsites (Hartline Ford, Billy's Ford, Slant Rock) have been closed. No date has been set for reopening at this time. DeSoto State Park and Little River RV Park & Campground are located within minutes of the Preserve and do offer camping. Little River Canyon in the Fall Fall Season in the Canyon Little River Canyon in the Fall Little River Falls in the Spring Little River Falls in the Spring, located on AL Hwy 35 Little River Falls in the Spring Little River Falls in the Fall Little River Falls in the Fall, located on AL Hwy 35 Little River Falls in the Fall Scenic Drive (AL Hwy 176) in the Fall Scenic Driver (AL Hwy 176) in the Fall Scenic Drive (AL Hwy 176) in the Fall DeSoto Scout Trail Bridge DeSoto Scout Trail Bridge located in the Backcountry Area Take a hike along the DeSoto Scout Trail NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. [Site Under Development] waterfall on river Shaping the System under President George H.W. Bush President George H.W. Bush was an ardent supporter of the national parks. Explore some the parks that are part of the legacy of the presidency of George H.W. Bush, who served as the 41st president of the United States from January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993. President George H.W. Bush shaking hands with a park ranger at the World War II Memorial Women in Fire Science: Alicia Schlarb Alicia Schlarb is the lead fire effects monitor for a portion of the National Park Service's Southeast Region. She and her crew provide prescribed burning, monitoring, and wildland fire responses to national parks located within Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and portions of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida. She loves fire and that she can change perceptions about wildland fire through science. Alicia Schlarb. 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A Georgia State University and National Park Service Collaboration: Fossil Fact Sheets in the Southeast Region A partnership between Georgia State University and the NPS Paleontology Program has enabled more focused paleontological resource support in parks in the Southeast Region of the U.S. During the past several years students mentored by Dr. Christy Visaggi have helped to complete paleontological resource inventories in several parks in the southeast region uncovering the fossil records of these parks. Photo of 3 people standing in front of a poster display. Updated Species Database Will Help Boost Amphibian Conservation Across the National Park System To steward amphibians effectively, managers need basic information about which species live in parks. But species lists need constant maintenance to remain accurate. Due to recent efforts, the National Park Service now has an up-to-date amphibian species checklist for almost 300 parks. 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