Best trails in Little River Canyon National Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Little River Canyon National Preserve ranging from 0.8 to 4.1 miles and from 1,145 to 1,489 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
A special place in the Southern Appalachians Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians.
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Map of trails in Little River Canyon National Preserve
Top trails (6)
#1 - Little River Canyon
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 50 m
Little River Canyon is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Payne, Alabama that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walShow more
#2 - Eberhart Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 0.8 mi
Eberhart Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gaylesville, Alabama that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for trail running, nShow more
#3 - Beaver Pond Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 35 m
This trail has several bridges, an observations dock, and rest benches.Show more
#4 - Horseshoe Falls Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Horseshoe Falls Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Payne, Alabama that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, natureShow more
#5 - Little River Canyon Northeast Loop
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
This trail is best negotiated east to west as the Northern Edge of the loop is a long downhill trek. This is a primitive trail with overgrowth that used to be an old logging road. Lots of wildlife to Show more
#6 - Lower Two Mile Trail
Little River Canyon National Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 19 m
Lower Two Mile Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Payne, Alabama that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and natShow more