Today I had the chance to take the short one hour drive over to Little River Canyon National Preserve in Alabama. LRC is still new to the park system and remains largely undiscovered by many people in the area. The park’s scenic drive is rarely busy. In the summer months, crowds will gather at Canyon Mouth picnic area where many people swim. Other busy areas is the LRC falls trail. Many people will swim in this area as well.
If you’re planning on visiting northern Alabama, make this park your destination. While your there, be sure to check out Beaver Pond Trail and take the entire scenic drive and stop at the overlooks. Each offer a unique and ever-changing view of this amazing canyon. Also stop at the park’s visitor center. It’s an incredible new building made entirely of eco-friendly materials and is LEED certified. It uses solar and geothermal’s to heat and cool the building. There are often numerous educational opportunities for all ages on weekends at the Little River Canyon Center.
I wish I could say that this visit was perfect, but it turned out not to be. And it wasn’t the rain that upset me. It was the needless graffiti painted on the rocks, even Mushroom Rock, along the scenic drive at the bouldering field. Some high-school kids painted their names all over the amazing formations ruining the photo ops for everyone. I sure hope they find those responsible and charge them with vandalism and destruction of government property. I’d like for all involved to loose any chances of government funds for their college education. That’ll serve them right.