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The New Little River

With both fascinating similarities and dissimilarities, Alabamaís Little River Canyon National Preserve will provide you with wonderful fall foliage, coupled with spectacular multi-tiered waterfalls. Unlike New River Gorge, which does not offer a scenic drive, Little River Canyon can be enjoyed along a 23-mile scenic roadway.

The canyon embraces the nationís longest mountain top river, which over eons has cut down through the top of the Appalachian Plateau on Lookout Mountain (the same Lookout Mountain that is featured so prominently in the Civil War Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga).

Little River Canyon National Preserve

Today, 500-foot sandstone cliffs offer all who visit superlative views of the landscape. And when surrounded by the splash of fall colors, the majestic beauty cannot be matched in the South. Since there are no dams regulating the flow of water through the Little River Canyon, the riverís water level, including over the waterfalls, can vary widely during the year. They may rip and crash in the spring, but by autumn, the waters turn lacy and gently cascade toward the ground.

As one of the newest additions to the national park system, Little River Canyon with its rich history and boundless beauty has become a cherished member within the National Park family. It is there waiting for you to discover. Donít let it float on by.

Information provided by the National Park Service

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