Coming from Georgia, the hubby and I took a detour and visited Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne , Alabama.
I love road tripping in America because there are several road options. “Back roading” almost always turn out to be a beautiful drive. Specially during fall when colorful leaves on the trees, decorate the highways.
It was a cold day. To a Filipina, a high of 45’f (7’C) is pretty cold. Specially when it is windy. 🙂 But well, who am I to complain. I love fall. And I love this weather. It is so much better than the 90’f plus temperature back home. So we just made sure that we were layered well before heading out to the park.
Off Highway 35, we found the entrance to the park. A few yards ahead, the huge Visitor Center welcomed us.
After talking to the Park Ranger in-charge, we watched a short film at their theater. We always make it a point to watch their movie presentation because it tells us more about the park. That way, we won’t miss anything we may want to see.
What struck me the most though is the fact that they welcome students visiting them. Teachings and shows are given to kids. To educate them about the environment , the flora , fauna and wildlife in the park. I find that so amazing. This , again, makes me wish that we have parks like these in our country where my nephews and other children could go to learn about nature.
By the way, are you afraid of snakes? I am! 🙂 But in this park, they tell you to leave them alone. Because you know, this is their home. So we should all respect them. I wish I never get to see snakes though. ha ha
MORE OF THE VISITOR CENTER:
Below is the Library. How awesome right?
There is a Souvenir Store inside. And I had a very nice talk with their Cashier. I just want to thank her for being so nice. Thank you. I hope that she gets to read this blog. 🙂 I should have taken a picture of us together but I forgot. This is where I bought a ref magnet for my mama who collects them. Little River Canyon represents her Alabama magnet. he he
At the back of the Canyon Center, there is a wide porch overlooking the forest. So beautiful and peaceful. And cold. 🙂 Like I said.
Moving on, we drove towards the Little River Falls. The parking space is just near the entrance gate, along Highway 35. There is a short board walk that leads to the falls.
LITTLE RIVER FALLS:
Despite the cold, we walked the trail and listened to the birds. The hubby took some photos here of the birds who are obviously enjoying the park like we did. 🙂
From the water falls, we drove for about 10 minutes inside the park to look for the Mushroom Rock.
History says that one of the road workers really did his best to prevent this rock being ruined during the road’s construction. I am so glad that he was successful at that! Or we would all have missed this. Right?
In the same area where the Mushroom Rock is located, we saw other huge rocks that I found interesting.
This one looks like the bottom of a giant’s feet. ha ha.. What do you think? 🙂
The park rangers really do their best to take care of the place. But sometimes, there are not so nice people who , instead of taking care of our environment, would choose to vandalize it instead. It’s so sad… 😦
Anyway, it made me smile when I realized that I looked like a dwarf in the picture below. ha ha
To give you some perspective of where it is located at, click the google map to enlarge it.
Little River Canyon is a great place to visit any time of the year. When Spring comes, different types of flora , including Pitcher Plants abound. During Summer, visitors can swim and play in the water. Walking trails are also available for those who want to hike. Fall / Autumn of course, bring coolness and beautiful colors. And on Winter time, who would not want to see a frozen water falls? As in seriously… I would love to go back here someday during winter time and see that. 🙂
For more details of this National Preserve, please check their website here –
I hope you enjoy Little River Canyon National Preserve as much as we did.
Thank you for traveling with us through this blog. 🙂