In August 2020 the Little River Canyon Visitors Center is closed until further notice as a safety precautionary measure to limit potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Although there is no camping at Little River Canyon, it is adjacent to Desoto State Park, an Alabama Park with numerous camping spaces. The preserve sits at the southern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. With several waterfalls and steep cliffs Little River Canyon is one of the most spectacular sites in the area. It is carved into the flat top of Lookout Mountain and reaches over 600 feet deep in some sections. It is one of the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi River and the deepest in Alabama. Little River is unusual because for most of its length it stays on top of a mountain and has a very high water quality. The river flows from its headwaters in northwestern Georgia to Weiss Lake in Alabama. To protect this water quality, scenic, recreational, and fish and wildlife values over time, the Little River and its tributaries are protected as part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and are also designated as Outstanding National Resource Waters by the state of Alabama. Hiking, swimming, fishing, world-class whitewater paddling and rock climbing are popular.