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Little River Canyon (Alabama)

Skill Level                 Driving Time          Directions

River Access            Meeting Places

Recommendations    Medical Facility    Water Temps

River Levels              Comments

Skill Level

Class III-IV:  Chairlift Rapid

Class IV:      Bottleneck and Upper 2

Class IV-V:  Roadblock, Humpty Dumpty and Deepthroat Suicide/ Avalanche

Class V:       Avalanche, Cable Falls and Pinball

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Driving time from Atlanta

2 hours.

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Take I-75 or US 41 north to ST 20 to Rome, GA. Take a right onto Loop 1(bypass around the north side of Rome). Turn right back onto ST 20. Go 19 miles and turn right onto ST 35 and drive 15 miles to the river. There is a parking are on the left just before the bridge to view the falls and check the old painted bridge gauge.

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River Access

Suicide/Avalanche - Scout and put in at the parking area if you want to run the 53 foot drop. If not cross the river and take the first left. Stop at the first parking area just below the falls.

Upper 2 Class IV- V Follow the directions above an proceed until you find a boulder splitting the road. Just beyond this on a turn to the curve to the hard to find your first time to the river

Chairlift - Class III - IV Follow the directions above an proceed to the Chairlift parking area.

You can follow the canyon rim road to the takeout at Canyon Mouth Park, however, the road is winding and slow. The quickest way is to back track to RT 35 and head towards Rome. Take a right at the four way stop, ST 273 and continue to Canyon Mouth Park.

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Meeting Places

McDonald's at Windy Hill. Park extra vehicles at a nearby office park on the weekends

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Lodging / Eating Recommendations

Ryan's, Rio Bravo and a host of fast food in Rome.

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Medical Facility

Please information.

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Water Temperatures

Cold. This is a winter run unless there is a tropical storm or Hurricane.

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River Levels

Little River at Blue Pond Bridge Old Hwy 35 Bridge Suicide 3.7 to 5.4 2"  

Upper 2 3.7 to 5.4 0" to 12"

Chairlift 3.7 to 5.4 0" to 12"

Note: Bear and Johnny's Creek enter the river between the gauges and may inflate the Blue Pond reading

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