Little River Canyon

General information


Land Manager: U.S. National Park Service

Native Lands: Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), S’atsoyaha (Yuchi) (from

Area Rep: Paul Morley,

Little River Canyon, located just outside Fort Payne, Alabama, offers a diverse range of recreational opportunities, including swimming, fishing, climbing, and world-class whitewater paddling.  Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities, featuring some of the South’s more difficult, steep sandstone climbing routes.


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What to Expect

Bring an extra set of forearms when visiting the Canyon! The sport climbing at Little River Canyon hosts a variety of difficult climbing routes, with few routes under 5.11, with some of the approaches adding another grade of difficulty. It is safe to say this crag may not be the best for beginner climbers. In addition to the amazing routes, the creek bed hosts a variety of boulders that are great for summertime bouldering sessions. Little River Canyon climbing includes classic areas like the Concave, Lizzard Wall (which tends to stay dry when everything else is soaked) and Unshackled Wall.

Access notes

All National Park Rules and Regulations apply when visiting Little River Canyon.

Climbers should ensure that vehicles are parked according to National Park parking regulations and designations. If parking at a pull-off on the road, be sure that all tires are out of the roadway, off of the rim road pavement.


No camping at Little River Canyon. Check out nearby DeSoto State Park or Little River RV park and campground.


Little River Canyon Climbing Guide, Adam Henry, 2016