This is going to be a long post because I broke the Canyon trip up into different parts. This Canyon located near Ft. Payne, Alabama is absolutely AMAZING!

The original goal was just to go to the Canyon, but we decided to stop first at DeSoto State Park and see the very nice AND VERY COLD DeSoto Falls named after Hernando DeSoto.

DeSoto Falls
 
DeSoto Falls

The next stop was the Little River Canyon. This is a US National Preserve and is run by the federal national park service. It is essentially a ten mile long scenic roadway that has several overlooks down into the Little River Canyon. Some are just overlooks and a few have some small hiking trails that go along with them.

The first is Little River Falls:

Little River Falls
Little River Falls

There was a side trail here that led back to Martha’s Falls. This is a seasonal fall, and while it was running—I did not get a good photo of it.

Next up is Lynn Overlook which affords a great view of the canyon looking back towards Little River Falls.

Lynn Overlook

Moving on down the road, we don’t hit an overlook but instead we came up on a wild geological formation known as Mushroom Rock. This is quite a sight. The one mushroom sits in the middle of the road while the bigger mushroom sits off to the side. It is textured just enough to actually FEEL like something other than rock….maybe a mushroom?

Mushroom Rock
Mushroom Rock

I combined the next four overlooks into one album because they were all overlooks, and although each was a little different they each overlooked the same canyon. Hawk’s Glide, Canyon View, Wolf Creek and Crow Point are all gathered in the Along the Canyon Rim Gallery:

Along the Canyon Rim

Next along the way was Grace’s High Falls: This seasonal waterfall was very much in season pouring fast down the side of the canyon wall. When it is flowing, it is the tallest waterfall in Alabama.

Grace’s High Falls
Grace’s High Falls

The final stop along the canyon was Eberhart Point. This was a very nice area that had a 1 mile (one way) walk down 650ft to the river bank. The hike was steep, but good footing. After seeing some kayakers going down the wild water….we saw them hiking up the BIG climb with their kayaks ON THEIR BACKS. I would have been praying for an escalator, but they seemed to have enjoyed their wild run.

Eberhart Point
Two of the three yakkers heading UP the steep hill
650 feet down to this river bank….then back up.

If you want to see the full galleries, please click the link at the top of each descriptive section on this post. AND YOU MUST VISIT THIS PLACE!!

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