Little River Canyon Center


JSU Canyon Center to Remain Closed

Please Note: Due to Covid-19 the JSU Canyon Center is temporarily closed. We are however, tentatively scheduling future events and providing prospective rental tours by appointment only. All events will be subject to capacity restrictions, physical distancing and other safety guidelines as recommended by the CDC, the State of Alabama and Jacksonville State University.  

Creativity During Quarantine

Calling all painters, sculptors, musicians, wood workers, blacksmiths, and more featured artists

Since Canyon Fest, our annual art festival held the first Saturday in November, has been canceled by COVID, we have been looking for virtual ways to showcase and support our local artists. Our plan is to feature an artist here each week, throughout the holidays, and share with the world their unique creations, in progress or completed during the pandemic.

Anyone can apply! Painters, sculptors, musicians, wood workers, blacksmith, etc. as long as the art is hand-made and original. We want to highlight regional creativity that’s been impacted by coronavirus the quarantine. 

Apply to Be a Featured Artist.

Open to the public since 2009, the Little River Canyon Center is a Jacksonville State University building located in Northeast Alabama that adjoins the Little River Canyon National Preserve in the city of Fort Payne. With a portion leased to the National Park Service and the staff of the Little River Canyon National Preserve, the facility features a Grand Hall, HD movie theater, gift shop, natural history library, exhibits, classrooms, back deck, outdoor amphitheater and trails for both education and adventure. It is available to rent for meetings, social gatherings, corporate retreats and other special events.

The Canyon Center features a regular schedule of programs that include concerts, workshops, hikes, lectures, and other activities for students of all ages. The building itself is educational as it is LEED (Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified structure that utilizes geothermal heating and cooling, recycled materials, added insulation and many other innovative and sustainable design elements.

Please call our front desk at (256)845-3548 for holiday schedule.

Front Desk (256)845-3548                 Gift Shop (256)845-7213 

Canyon Concerts

Building Rental Info


Floor Plan

Half Marathon