Playing Safely at Little River Canyon National Preserve

Little River Canyon National Preserve has had 3 deaths and 2 near drownings so far this year, along with several rescues. Natural areas can be dangerous. We want our visitors to come have fun, and go home safely.

Stay away from the edge of the cliffs. Do not cross handrails. The area around the top of Little River Falls is closed 50 feet back from the edge whether the water is up or not. You can be ticketed for being in a closed area, with fines up to $280.

Rocks in the park are slippery and uneven. The current above the falls can carry people over the cliff in seconds. Hidden dangers can be in the water. Drop-offs, rocks, swift currents, and underwater debris can interrupt your fun in a bad way.

Be aware of your surroundings to help stay safe!

When playing in the river, never swim alone. Wear your personal floatation devices when you are in or near the water. Do not swim at high water levels. Watch your children, in or near the water and keep them away from the edges of cliffs.

You can make your visit much more enjoyable by staying hydrated – drink plenty of water. Bring snacks. Wear walking shoes, not flip-flops or dress shoes. Use sunscreen to protect your skin. Watch out for insect nests, snakes and bears. Be aware of approaching storms. Drugs and alcohol are illegal in the park. These greatly increase your likelihood of having an accident.

Superintendent Steve Black invites you to come explore the park and enjoy the park safely. For more information, call Little River Canyon National Preserve (256)845-9605 or check our site for updates.

You can also stay updated by following us on Facebook: @lirinps

These are just a couple of ways you can explore the great outdoors in the foothills of the Appalachians. It’s summertime in Alabama… get out there and enjoy it before football season begins!