Little River Canyon Field School represents the
northern corridor area for the JSU Field Schools
while Talladega Mountains Field School covers
the southern end. Check the menu at right for
a complete list of programs and opportunties associated
with both Field Schools.
The River and Canyon
The canyon area is extraordinary in both its geology
and biology. As the river winds through its course,
nearly 600 feet deep at some locations, it creates
a mosaic of micro-habitats that support unique
assemblages of plants and animals. A few of these
plants and animals are known to exist only on
Lookout Mountain. A number of plant, fish, insect,
and amphibian species are federally listed as
threatened or endangered.
The canyon has been described as the "Grand Canyon
of the East." It is one of the most extensive,
picturesque canyon systems in the eastern United
States, offering some of the deepest gorges this
side of the Mississippi River. Inspiration and
serenity can be found here amid scenic views of
amazing waterfalls and sheer cliff walls. Little
River Canyon has been designated as a "Natural
Wonder" of ecological and scenic significance
by the Alabama Environmental Council. Little River
has been classified as an "Outstanding National
Resource Water," which is the strongest level
of protection possible for state waterways.
Little River Canyon
JSU Field Schools hopes to open the Little River
Canyon interpretive center in Autumn 2007. Check
back for updates.