Little River Canyon

Little River Canyon, Fort Payne, Alabama. February 14, 2010.

Little River is one of the country’s longest rivers that forms and flows for most of it’s length along the top of a mountain.  The river begins about 1900 feet above sea level on Lookout Mountain and ends at 650 above sea level at Weiss Lake.  This results in one of the most extensive canyon and gorge systems in the eastern United States containing one of the South’s clearest, wildest waterways.

Canyon Rim Drive follows the western rim of Little River Canyon for the final 11 miles of the river’s length.  There are several overlooks along the route which give wonderful views of waterfalls, rapids, canyon walls, trees, plants and birds.  At one overlook we even spotted some kayakers down in the canyon below.

I think the Little River Canyon would be beautiful any time of the year, but the water flow can be quite low during the summer months.  But if you are near Fort Payne, Alabama, I think you would enjoy Canyon Rim Drive any time of the year.


Betsy and I took advantage of a break in the weather to go to Hendersonville to check in on my parents.  Both of my parents were in good spirits and we were able to help them with a couple of problems they’ve been having around the house.  But the most amazing thing for us was that once we got off the Plateau there was no snow to be seen!  However we came back home to snowy reality.  In fact it is snowing as I write this on Wednesday night (enough already!!!).


I’m grateful for all the beauty of this world — in both nature and in people.

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12 Responses to “Little River Canyon”

  1. Hilda Says:

    Sounds like an amazing drive. I’m glad you were able to spend Valentine not just with Betsy but also with your parents. A very special day for all of you, it seems.

  2. Darla Says:

    Isn’t there beauty all around us? Nice photo, glad your parents are well. All of the snow is Betsy’s fault you know!

  3. imac Says:

    Wonderful views George.

  4. busy bee suz Says:

    What a gorgeous view!!!!
    I am sure the snow is only there for Betsy. Glad your parents are well.

  5. Judy Says:

    No snow! It is a myth! Cannot happen, not in February!!

  6. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: What a neat place, I enjoyed your view and all of Betsy’s

  7. Susie Says:

    Glad you and Betsy had a good time at the canyon. Looks like a great place to explore.

  8. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Little River Canyon looks like another want to see place.Glad to hear your parents are well.

  9. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    This looks lovely, wild, and up very high! I can even see a sort of divide. I bet the drive is challenging!

  10. Cheryl Says:

    I would so love to travel the highway that borders here. I am just so amazed by the number of waterfalls you and Betsy have found.

  11. Louise Says:

    Very interesting! I went to school near Chattanooga for a year and never knew about this. As I told my husband… this is why I keep blogging!

  12. Carletta Says:

    What a view!

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