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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Little River Falls, Alabama


In the northwest corner of Alabama (near Fort Payne), there is the neatest canyon called the Little River Canyon National Preserve. George and I have been there twice---and I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!! There are four waterfalls, canyon vistas, boulders and sandstone cliffs in this canyon. AND---there is an 11 mile scenic area where one can drive --and stop at several overlooks all along the way.


Since I've talked alot about Tallulah Gorge in North GA, Cloudland Canyon in west GA, and also Fall Creek Falls in TN---you will know how much we love gorges and canyons---and of course waterfalls! Little River Canyon is more like Fall Creek Falls since there is a 'driving' tour involved rather than ALL hiking or walking. At Cloudland and Tallulah, we can hike down into the canyon.. All of these canyons or gorges are unique and beautiful--each in their own way.


Today I'm sharing the Little River Falls which is only one of the waterfalls in the Little River Canyon. This is the prettiest of the waterfalls in this area ---and when there is alot of water flowing (like when we were there this time), you'd think it was a Niagara in the South!!!! Above is a picture of the Little River Falls. Below are more --all from our trip there in January of 2007.







This is at the brink/top of the waterfall. We could feel the mist since there was so much water there that day.







George stands near the top... The wifey kept saying: "Back up, Dear!!!" (NOT!!!)







You will note that I was standing in a SAFE place---at the overlook!!!! ha







There is another overlook on the other side of the river ---where we could see Little River Falls. We had to 'walk on water' in order to get over there... Just kidding---we drove our car around there!!!! Ha Ha...







Here's one more picture showing how wide and how big Little River Falls is!!!!! Don't you like our Niagara of the South waterfall????? If you ever get to North Alabama, check this one out. I will post more pictures from this area sometime.


Hugs,

60 comments:

Cathy said...

Hello Betsy
I'm not sure how I came to find your blog but I am really happy I did. Todays post is just magnificent - that looks like a beautiful place to visit. I love water and waterfalls and those ones seem to be special. Do a lot of visitors go there or would it just be the healthy ones lol
Take care
Cathy

Valerie said...

Just beautiful! And speaking from one who lives only 30 minutes from the real Niagara Falls, I'd say yours would surely be worth the visit!

With your love of waterfalls - have you been to Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge on the Canadian side just down from the falls? It is a beauty to behold! Your post a while back with all the stairs - reminded me of the hike we took along the gorge - as there are the stairs that go on and on and ....

Love the photos!
Have a great day!

Pam said...

I haven't been there in ages! Lovely pictures. I'm with you (standing on the safe overlook).

Beth said...

Gorgeous, Betsy! What a beautiful place--those waterfalls are very impressive. It's so much fun getting to travel vicariously with you and George.

Daisy said...

How beautiful! I can almost hear them and feel that mist. Great pictures, Betsy! :)

diane said...

Gosh, look at all that water. It must be an exciting sound. Lovely shots and a beautiful gorge.

ROSIDAH said...

Amazing force of nature! Very beautiful! I hope you are doing great, Betsy. Have a wonderful week. Hugs and love :).

Arkansas Patti said...

Now that is a really impressive water fall. Love it when you can feel the roar.
You really need to make a book that is a guide to waterfalls.

dj reinertsen said...

it is always amazing to me there are so many beautiful places in america i have never seen. this area is just gorgeous.
thank you for sharing it.

dj

Kirigalpoththa said...

Spectacular waterfall!

Randy said...

Betsy, I see you are still chasing those beautiful water falls!

Susie said...

It looks wonderful Betsy! I love seeing the hazy mist floating upward. So pretty!

Darla said...

Beautiful Falls as usual...I'd pick the safe place to stand too!

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, it is a beautiful waterfall. Proves it doesn't have to be extremely tall to be gorgeous.

Peggy said...

Beautiful! I never knew about this falls before so I learned something today.

Sandra said...

I am with you on the safe spot to stand. the second photos, the brink/top one, now that is a Big Rock. also a Flat Rock. not a stone anywhere.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Wonderful photos Betsy. Each time I open my blog and see "Joyful Reflections" and "Senior Moments" have new posts, I get this little grin...it's like my favorite neighbors are here for a visit...thank both of you...for those moments of joy!!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

To think of all the times we've passed by Ft. Payne traveling back and forth from N.O. to TN, i had no idea this was there.

I'd be standing with you in the safe place!

Snap said...

Beautiful shots, Betsy. You and George must have a compass just for finding waterfalls!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is a lovely Southern Niagara falls area!!! I suppose him on the ledge area made you nervous...it makes me nervous just seeing the photo!!!

Sunny said...

Another wonderful waterfall. The last picture is really great, love the rocks.
Sunny :)

Cher said...

your beautiful photos made me sing, sweet home Alabama! happy wednesday Betsy! :)

Roses and Lilacs said...

I lived not too far from there and it is a beautiful place. Thanks for reminding me, I haven't thought about it in a while;)
Marnie

Kamana said...

Do you ever go swimming in the water? i've alwasy wanted to do that, but have never done it in a really big falls like that.

Deborah Godin said...

The sounds and the feel of the energy there must be fantastic, and envigorating.

JOE TODD said...

Just love being outdoors. Little rain in Ohio today but I think I'm going to get outside anyway. Have a great one.Probably going to ask a park ranger about my mystery

Carla said...

I love the Little River Canyon! I used to live in Huntsville and there are so many beautiful places to visit in north Alabama.

Lola said...

Love those water falls. I'd be in the safe place too.

Ida from South Africa said...

Arkansas Patti said:
"You really need to make a book that is a guide to waterfalls."
I totally agree - JUST DO IT - you've got so much talent!!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

beautiful! can't wait to travel that side of the country.
thanks so much for your comment on my blog!

Shelley said...

Like I've said before, you and George visit the most beautiful places! I would've stood behind the fence at the overlook too! Looks safer!!
Hugs,
Shelley

Tom Bailey said...

I like the pictures here I had no idea there were waterfalls like this in AL. I am going to have to check them out the next time I am there thank you very much for sharing.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
Those Little River Falls sure are beautiful and big. I loved this posting. Have a wonderful week.

Kay said...

You guys sure do go to some cool places.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

One more step and he might get soaked. It sure is a nice place to see running and falling water.

FIONA said...

Wonderful, wonderful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing such beauty.

Chris said...

Great shots as usual Betsy. I was relieved to see you standing in a safe place, that gorge looks very deep

Tina said...

What a lovely place to visit..and those falls always look so inviting. I just spent some time enjoying your other posts that I have missed..Loved seeing where you live and your manners post was "right on" ..couldn't have said it better!!
Gorgeous photos Betsy..

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love this 'Niagara' falls better than the commercialized one in Canada.No,I have not been to the Canadian falls but it seems so busy,this one looks like a wonderful natural place.Thanks.
Blessings,Ruth

Janie said...

That is a great waterfall! I had no idea there was a place like that in northern Alabama.
Steve and my sons always stand too close to the edge for my comfort. I'd be behind the railing, too!

Cheryl said...

Gosh I am so envious of all those wonderful waterfalls you have! I am sure I felt the mist in the photo of George! Just gorgeous and I certainly can understand why you two are so drawn to them.

Cheryl said...

Gosh I am so envious of all those wonderful waterfalls you have! I am sure I felt the mist in the photo of George! Just gorgeous and I certainly can understand why you two are so drawn to them.

Cheryl said...

Gosh I am so envious of all those wonderful waterfalls you have! I am sure I felt the mist in the photo of George! Just gorgeous and I certainly can understand why you two are so drawn to them.

Picture Imperfect said...

Beautiful as always Betsy! You and George are so cute - I always love it when you talk about him. Haha... I'm *so* sure you tried to get him in the waterfall. I think he's your favorite person ever, you're so sweet when you mention him. :o) thanks for sharing bits of your life with us Betsy!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love waterfalls too, Betsy. There is something so alluring about the power of water.

Yellowstone National Park is the place to go to see so many of them..I think there are over 300! The Lower Falls there are spectacular!

Small City Scenes said...

Niagra of the South--I like that. We have a falls out her called Dry Falls that at one time was twice the size as the real Niagra only as the name implies it is dry. Also in Eastern Washington--which is the dry side. I've posted it before maybe I should again.

Smart of you to stand in safety LOL
Super shots of a really beautiful falls. MB

SmilingSally said...

Oh Betsy, your hair is different. I like it that style. Then again, you look sweet with today's style too.

Pam said...

Fabulous photos of you and George, Betsy. And I think I could hear the roar of the beautiful falls.

Diane AZ said...

Breathtaking photos, I can almost feel the mist and hear the roar of the water falling. Little River Falls seems kind of a funny name, maybe it should be called Niagara of the South like you said. :)

thesouthernlady64 said...

Little River Falls is so pretty and I love your sense of humor!

Leedra said...

Very pretty falls. You two look like you are having a real good time, as I am sure you were.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a beautiful place Betsy. I'm glad you stayed in the safe overlook, those rocks can become incredibly slippy especially with all the mist.
Always a joy to drool over your pictures....
Hugs,
Jo

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I can almost hear it roaring through the computer screen. You've got to write a waterfall book!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

What a pradise???

The Retired One said...

You know ME, I LOVE waterfalls...these are beautiful. They remind me alot of the Tahquamenenon Falls that I had on my blog a few months ago...isn't it funny that they call ours the Niagara Falls of the North??? ha

Karin said...

What a beautiful armchair travelogue! Very lovely on the eyes and not hard on the knees!! Have a lovely day!

Rose said...

Oh, Betsy, that place is beautiful! I can almost hear the roar of all that water.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: Very nice movement of water at the falls.

from our front porch... said...

Hi Miss Becky!
Awesome waterfall pics. Love them :)
I am sure you have been to Bald River Falls, but if not, you will love it! Also, have you been to Buck Bald? The most incredible views and perfect solitude.

My parents are retiring here next summer (moving to Tellico Village)
and I am passing your site off to my mom so she can get even more excited bout the move!!

My aunt and uncle live in Clyde, N.C. right by Maggie Vally. They built their dream home a few years ago. Their views are spectacular! They are at 5,000 feet!

Love your site. I am now a follower!
Misha

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful, beautiful. When I was a child my dad would ask where we wanted to go for a Sunday drive. The answer was often Little River Canyon, I love this place. If I remember right DeSoto Falls is also in the Fort Payne area.