I think in this photo Jack was saying something about, if he didn't hear from me by nightfall he'd call the rangers after a day or two. Seriously, he keeps little two-way radios in his truck for such hiking adventures. Even though we were both getting cell phone service he insisted I carry the radio. In fact, the hike might have been a little easier on me if I hadn't had to carry all the stuff he insisted on! lol! It wasn't that bad really and it is good to be prepared. I guess too, that is just what you get by dating a Marine who was actually in combat.
The sign at the beginning of the trail suggested a picnic, fishing or a swim when you get to the bottom and I'll say, had the weather been warm, it would have been a most beautiful place for it. I never saw an area where the water was murky.
If you enlarge this photo and look closely smack in the middle of that rock bluff, amongst the pine trees, you will see a large house. The park itself is apparently not very wide because you will see private residences every so often along the rim. Thankfully, there are not a lot. I guess there ain't a lot of people that can afford such construction. But what a damn view from your deck.
This was one one of the steeper parts of the trail on the way back up. It was a good workout!
Sorry the photo is a little washed out.
This was a little side trail on the way back up also. A good excuse to go out and sit on this rock and rest for a minute! The pictures just don't give the feel of the immensity of the canyon unfortunately.
So, if you are ever passing through Alabama, or live here, or have ever thought about coming here, I would definitely recommend that you visit Little River Canyon, if you enjoy hiking or camping and nature. Oh, there was also an official bird-watching trail on this end, near the trail I hiked to the bottom. It didn't cost us anything to get in but if you go to the south end of the canyon, to the 'beach', there is a $3 use fee. Sounds extremely reasonable to me.