Horseback Riding Safety

A pair of hoses with riders heading into the wooded backcountry of Little River Canyon.
25 miles of backcountry multi-use roads beckons to horseback riders.

NPS / Matt Switzer


The Wildlife Management Area (backcountry) presents horseback riders with over 23 miles of multi-use roads to explore.

Horseback riders can enjoy the backcountry of Little River Canyon in the Wildlife Management Area (backcountry), where dirt/gravel/chert multi-use roads wind through the rolling, wooded hills and across creeks on either side of the river.

Safety Tips:

  • Stay on the numbered roads
  • If riding alone, tell a friend where you plan to ride and when you expect to return.
  • Watch for overhanging branches from shurbs and trees.
  • Keep horses at a walk when passing other visitors and stay to the uphill side.
  • Bring water for yourself and stay hydrated. Streams may not have water for your horse during summer months.
  • Wearing a helmet is recommended.
  • Be alert for encounters with wildlife such as bears, snakes, and hornets.
  • Walking dogs while riding horses is not advised since dogs must always be on a leash no longer than 6 feet / 2 meters.
  • Weather can change with little or no notice - check the weather forecast before you go. Click here for the National Weather Service forecast for the Little River Canyon area.
  • The Wildlife Management Area is a multi-use area - hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and 4-wheel drive vehicles all share these roads. Be courteous to other road users.
  • Hunting is permitted in the backcountry - wear blaze orange during hunting periods or plan your visit around the hunting times.
  • Pack out what you pack in - please dispose of your trash properly.

Last updated: March 26, 2021

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4322 Little River Trail NE Ste 100
Fort Payne, AL 35967


256 845-9605 x201
Main phone number for Little River Canyon National Preserve.

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