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Little River Canyon Center, Fort Payne

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The concept for the Little River Canyon Center project began in 1992 when discussions first began a partnership between the National Park Service and JSU. Funded through NASA and private donations, the LRC Center is a LEED certified project, designed with assistance from the NPS. The 23,000 square foot building includes office space, a museum, HD theatre, classrooms, library, restrooms, education store, outdoor trails and other amenities. Additional funds are being sought for the project’s museum exhibits and outdoor amphitheater.

The National Park Service, Alabama Power Company, DeKalb County Commission and many others have played an active and integral role in the development of the Little River Canyon Center. All recognize that the facility serves as a valuable tool for visitors, students, teachers and others interested in environmental sciences and natural resource protection.
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  • Stopped by the center with questions and the staff was super friendly and so helpful. Told us about all the trails and off the grid places to go. If you are unfamiliar with the area, stop by! 
    Stopped by the center with questions and the staff was super friendly and so helpful. Told us about all the trails and off the grid places to go. If you are unfamiliar with the area, stop by!  more »
  • This was an amazing trip...there was lots of fall colors and breathtaking views. We have been here a couple of times but this was the best with all the fall color. 
    This was an amazing trip...there was lots of fall colors and breathtaking views. We have been here a couple of times but this was the best with all the fall color.  more »
  • This is one of the best swimming holes in the southeast portion of the USA because there is a wide variety of ways to enjoy this creek. You can wade, swim, and jump off cliffs. It is a National... 
    This is one of the best swimming holes in the southeast portion of the USA because there is a wide variety of ways to enjoy this creek. You can wade, swim, and jump off cliffs. It is a National...  more »
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  • Nice newer place with a lot of info and a movie theater. Trails leading to little canyon falls
  • Great place to visit for an educational experience! My kids love the guided hikes by the naturalist with the JSU Field School.
  • It takes a little detour to get here, but it's completely worth it. Start at the visitors center to get some info about the area, then head to the waterfall for some great views. Take a drive along the canyon rim to do some hiking or take in some scenic views. My favorite spot was Eberhart Point. Glad I made the trip!
  • Wonderful place. Very neat. Educates you on the forest around. They have info of the trails, attractions and activities.
  • Best Visitors centre ever I visited. Great staff very big building and very clean restrooms. This centre is built on geothermal air conditioning. This also hosts a theater inside the building and runs regular shows about education and little river canyon. Outside the building hosts musical shows.

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