Little River Canyon National Preserve
The canyon has been described as the "Grand Canyon of the East." It is one of the most extensive, picturesque canyon systems in the eastern United States, offering some of the deepest gorges this side of the Mississippi River. Little River is unique because is flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain.
The Little River Falls area, which marks the river’s descent into the canyon, provides a wonderful place to view this amazing 45 foot waterfall. Only a short distance from the parking lot, it is easily accessible for most.
One of the most captivating aspects of Little River Canyon is the 23-mile scenic drive along its rim. There is no charge to tour this area and there are several outlooks along the way that allow visitors to marvel at the view into the 700-foot gorge. Tables are available at most outlooks making it convenient for picnics.
For those who are a bit more adventurous, hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, and kayaking are also common activities in the canyon.