Friday, February 27, 2009

Canyon Rim Drive at Little River Canyon, Alabama

One of my favorite scenic drives in the South is Alabama Highway 176. Also known as Canyon Rim Drive, Highway 176 winds its way along the eastern rim of Little River Canyon.

Connecting eight overlooks and a series of trailheads, the drive is one of the features of the Little River Canyon National Preserve, a national park area located just outside Fort Payne, Alabama.

The drive begins at Alabama 35 opposite the bridge from the Little River Falls parking lot. Eleven miles long, the drive passes some of the most spectacular scenery in the South. Overlooks include a platform from which a distant view of Little River Falls can be seen, the Lynn Overlook, which provides a sweeping vista of the upper canyon area, Hawks Glide, an area popular for watching hawks and other birds as they soar over the canyon, Canyon View, which offers one of the finest views available of the canyon, Wolf Creek and Crow Point, both of which offer outstanding vistas of the canyon, Graces High Falls, which provides a view of one of the tallest waterfalls in Alabama, and Eberhart Point, near the southern end of the drive.

You can learn more about Canyon Rim Drive, Little River Falls and other points of interest in the Little River Canyon area by visiting

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