These are the falls that are considered the start of Little River Canyon in northeastern Alabama. Jack and I went up yesterday to spend the day here and enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having. It was about the perfect day. Temps were in the high 60's and very sunny. I had been up here when I was much younger but Jack had never been and didn't know such a place existed in Alabama.
Most people are unaware of the bounty of natural resources in Alabama. In fact, Alabama is the most biologically diverse state east of the Mississippi. It goes from this to white, sandy beaches. We got whatever you would like, nature-wise anyway. This park also host many endangered plants and animals, including one plant they say doesn't occur anywhere else in the world.
I was absolutely mesmerized by the quality of the water and I have done nothing in editing to accentuate or embellish the color. The water here really is that jewel like blue-green. Jack was most impressed by the place.
We drove about half of the rim and stopped many times to hike and eat the picnic lunch we had brought. There were very few other people around so it was very peaceful. The top of the canyon is at slightly over 1,100 feet with the bottom of the canyon around 750 feet.
There are about 6 major hiking trails, which the park service claims are not maintained, but I thought they were in great shape. They all range from easy/ moderate to very strenuous. Camping is allowed but not down on the canyon floor. You can however, hike down to fish, swim and just walk around.
I hiked to the bottom at one point while Jack stayed topside. I think he was remembering our trip to the Grand Canyon. It was only abut 3/4 of a mile down though, so it turned out to be easier than we both thought. Now, it was quite strenuous coming back up, with parts of the trail just as steep as what I remember from Bright Angel. I think Jack could have handled it easily though and he said he would go with me next trip.
I'll have some more photos of what I saw once I got to the bottom. It was truly beautiful.