Go Back? Or Continue?
From here, visitors can choose to turn back toward the parking lot, while more intrepid adventurers will want to continue along the rugged trail down into the canyon itself. Hikers can get up close and personal with the exposed sandstone walls of the canyon, which tower up to 100 feet overhead. Kids of all ages will delight in scrambling around the weathered ledges and grottoes that mark the descent into Little Grand Canyon. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, too. The canyon is home to deer, turkeys and all kinds of birds including red-tail hawks.
Follow the white diamond trail markers to the open north end of the canyon and up a natural stone staircase carved out by water over hundreds of years. The steps can be very slippery when wet, so look for the chiseled hand- and foot-holds added by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. At the top of the stairs, the asphalt path returns and climbs steeply back up to the parking lot.
Parking, Picnic Tables & Bathrooms
The area surrounding the parking lot contains several picnic tables, an outhouse, and was once home to a CCC watchtower. The Little Grand Canyon was designated as a National Natural Landmark in February, 1980.
While some parts of the trail may be challenging for casual visitors, the stunning views and diverse wildlife make a trip to the Little Grand Canyon well worth the trip. Be aware that the canyon is prone to flooding during heavy rain, so be sure to check the forecast before loading up the car.