Special use permit requirements at Little River Canyon

Fort Payne, Ala. – Little River Canyon National Preserve is a public land with many different uses. Some events, including group recreation and celebrating family milestones, require a Special Use Permit.

When is a permit needed?

All parks are different in size and purpose, but all protect a variety of natural and cultural resources to enjoy now and in the future. Permits are required at Little River Canyon National Preserve for organized group or club activities (i.e.: motorcycle/automobile group or club rides, hiking/mountain biking/horseback riding groups or clubs, etc.), weddings, baptisms, and birthday parties or celebrations, to name a few. You can find information and guidelines for activities requiring a Special Use Permit on our webpage at nps.gov/liri.

How do I apply for a permit?

You can obtain a Special Use Permit application at the Little River Canyon Center front desk or through the Little River Canyon National Preserve website “Permits & Reservations” page, found under the “Plan Your Visit” section/“Basic Information” tab.

What fees will I have to pay?

A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 must accompany the application (checks, cash, and money orders are accepted at this time). Applications and processing fees can be submitted no more than 12 months prior to the event and at least 10 business days prior to the planned event – early submission of the application will help ensure the application can be processed in a timely manner.

For more information, please contact Administration Officer Lori Blundell at (256) 845- 9605 or go to nps.gov/liri.

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