Little River State Forest offers hiking and camping, however, Hurricane Ivan all but obliterated the park's trails and some of its amenities. Following the storm, the state park was absorbed into the state forest. Today, LRSF is back in operation with it's amenities such as bath houses, playgrounds, camp sites, and pavillions open for business. A highlight of the forest is Little River Lake, a beautiful oasis on a hot summer day for the entire family to take a dip.
AHTS joined forces with the staff at Little River State Forest to get their two existing trails - the Gazebo and CCC/Bell Trails - back into shape for safe public use following the devastating hurricanes of 2005 and 2006. AHTS is now exploring routes to expand the Gazebo Trail into a loop trail and create a new hiking trail on the western side of the forest.
LRSF will be in intregal hub along the Alabama Trail.
Gazebo Trail: Serence 4-mile out-and-back through the pine forest to the trail's namesake, a gazebo built by the CCC in 1935. Nice view from the gazebo.
Little River State Forest Office:
Trail Work / Volunteer Information: Gulf Coast Chapter (gulf @ hikealabama.org)
Bell / CCC Trail: 1.5-mile loop to the top of a hill at a clay pit with nice view of surrounding hills.
Primitive camping, lake swimming, zip line, fishing, bath house
Trail Map (available at the park office):
DeLorme Alabama Gazateer Page 56, D7 (listed as Claude Kelley SP)
USGS Topo Quads: Huxford, McCullough, Uriah East
To be announced, see Calendar
Spring/Fall Work Days: Groom the Bell and Gazebo Trails
Gazebo Trail Extension: Cut the new extension for the trail making it into a loop
LSRF Western Side: Survey and create a new trail along the western side of the forest
The film above was made in 1935 showing scenes of Mobile, AL. The last few minutes shows the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) building Little River State Forest during that time.