This national park has come a long, long way in the past couple of decades from when the 12-mile canyon that is 600 feet deep was known mainly as a place to discard junk cars (and on at least one sad occasion, the murdered body of an area teen-ager).
It is pretty remarkable to have such an unusually pleasant and interesting scenic wonder only about 40 miles and an hour’s drive from Rome. It warrants more regular visits from Greater Romans who probably take it for granted … when’s the last time you went to the top of nearby Lookout Mountain?
To get in the right mood, look up and listen to folk singer Pierce Pettis’ “Little River Canyon,” which starts off this way:
“Little River Canyon, swimming with the snakes,
Pretty green water so cold it makes you ache
Even on the hottest Alabama days
When girls would lie on terry cloth and bake.”