Little River Falls

Located at the north end of America’s deepest and most extensive canyon systems east of the Mississippi, Little River Falls is surrounded by 14,000 acres of beauty and is one of Alabama’s most scenic waterfalls. Little River Falls is the first stop to make on a scenic tour of Little River Canyon National Preserve entering from the north. The formation of Little River Canyon begins here with the 45-foot waterfall.

The amount of water going over the falls depends on the amount of rainfall. In the winter and early spring the water level is high. Kayakers especially love this time of year because they can kayak the river.  During the summer and early fall, the water level is much lower. There are picnic tables and grills located in a shaded area next to the parking lot for those who want to enjoy the beauty and serenity provided by nature.

Please note this area is closed after dark.

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Latitude: 34.395089 Longitude: -85.626909 Elevation: 1179 ft
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Angie Pierce

Recreational Opportunities

Little River Canyon National Preserve offers a diverse range of recreational opportunities, including swimming, fishing, climbing, and world-class whitewater paddling. More than 8,000 acres of public lands are open to hunting, fishing, and trapping and there are many trails available for exploring. 

Seasons Accessible

Accessible year-round.

How to Get There

Little River Falls is located off Highway 35 next to the bridge in Gaylesville, Alabama (the bridge is the boundary between Gaylesville and Fort Payne).   The most popular way to see Little River Falls is via the falls parking lot across the Al Highway 35 Bridge. 


No fees

ADA Accessibility Notes

A 100-foot ADA-accessible boardwalk leads from the parking lot to an overlook near the falls.

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Contact Information

Steve Black - Little River Canyon National Preserve
256-845-9605 ext 217
4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967 US
Angie Pierce - Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
256-350-3519 (Fax)
PO Box 2537
Decatur, AL 35602 US


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