Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Little River Canyon, Part Three
This is another view from along the Canyon Rim Drive at Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama.
The park is one of the nation's newest national park areas and is still developing, but is quite popular with visitors already.
Sometimes called the "Grand Canyon of the East," the Little River Canyon is unique because it was created by a mountain that flows almost entirely across a mountain top. Over thousands of years, the river carved the massive canyon into Lookout Mountain. The gorge is 12 miles long and up to 600 feet deep.
The river itself falls more than 650 feet over 12 miles, creating one of the finest whitewater streams in the South (especially in late winter and early spring when the river is flowing strong).
If you are interested in reading more about Little River Canyon National Preserve, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/littleriver1.