Little River Canyon National Preserve or May's Gulf as it is
locally known is a nature reserve situated near Fort Payne,
Alabama. Little River Canyon National Preserve cover an area of
13,633 acres (55.17 km2) of Cherokee and DeKalb Counties. It is
the deepest geological formation east of Mississippi river.
Little River Canyon National Preserve is particularly beautiful
in autumn months when leaves of the trees change colors. The
whole canyon begins to look like colorful carpet spread on both
sides of the picturesque gulf.
DeKalb County A variety of rocky outcrops and
rocky cliffs create a unique environment for various threatened and
endangered species and for sporting activities, such as kayaking and
rock climbing. Unlike the case of a national park, hunting and
fishing are allowed in the reserve.
Backcountry camping is allowed only in three
locations: Slant Rock, Hartline's Ford, and Billy's Ford. Hunting in
the preserve requires a hunting license from Alabama or any other
state. Riding ATVs is no longer permitted. Fishing requires an
Alabama fishing license and net or seine fishing are not allowed.
Jacksonville State University Field Schools (Little River Canyon
Field School) offers outdoor education and environmental education
programs in DeKalb County and Cherokee County in and around the
canyon and preserve.