Watery Wednesday #122: Little River Canyon

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

This is my post for Watery Wednesday.  To see more of our beautiful watery world, or to join and post your own pictures to share, click HERE.

Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne, Alabama, is a beautiful area to visit.  The preserve includes an 11-mile scenic drive (Alabama highway 176) with overlooks at several points.

Sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” the canyon was formed over thousands of years by Little River.  Little River is one of the longest rivers in America that flows almost entirely on the top of a mountain (Lookout Mountain).  The river begins at 1,900 feet above sea level and drops over 1,200 feet before exiting the canyon.

The canyon carved over thousands of years by the river is twelve miles long and reaches depths of over 600 feet.

The picture above was taken at one of the overlooks along the canyon rim in February of last year.

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14 Responses to “Watery Wednesday #122: Little River Canyon”

  1. jlshall (Joysweb) Says:

    I’ve never heard of Little River Canyon, but it sounds like a great place to visit. Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever been to Alabama!

    Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

  2. Mildred Says:

    This would be an interesting place to visit. Thanks for sharing with us George.

  3. Sandra Says:

    that is really deep, it looks cold and wet to me. perfect for watery wed

  4. MaryBeth Says:

    Looks like a good place to visit. I like canyons and their many vistas. MB

  5. Kathy Says:

    I like how the water is that beautiful aquamarine. If the river begins at the top of the mountain, what is its source? A large spring? A glacier lake? Interesting.

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Definitely looks like a place I would enjoy visiting! Great capture, George! Hope your week is going well!


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  8. Brit Gal Sarah Says:

    It looks like a good place for a few geocaches! Stay warm I saw on Betsy’s blog it’s still snowing on you!

  9. Mary Says:

    You and Betsy go to some wonderful places. The scenery is always so beautiful!

  10. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    I like how you capture the water in motion.Another very scenic area.

  11. 2sweetnsaxy Says:

    Look at the color of the water against the white foam. Beautiful!

  12. Neal Says:

    Now that is beautiful … especially the color of the water.

  13. magicalmysticalteacher Says:


    See the water seekers go
    Up and down and to and fro,
    Looking for a drop or two
    Of wet stuff to share with you!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Guadalajara Fountain

  14. Loren Says:

    This reminds me of where my Husband and I were married. We got married in Eureka Springs Ar. It was way up high and overlooked the Kings River. The Pastor owned a little place and had a little gazebo outside that he married people there. It was sooo beautiful. He also was an artist so we asked him to draw us a picture of it and it hangs beautifully in our home!

    Great shot!

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