Little, Alabama, US
2. Upper Two to Eberhart Point (Upper Two)
||III-IV(V) (for normal flows)
Humpty Dumpty Boof
Humpty Dumpty BoofPhoto of Mark Neisler by Dave Ward taken Mid 90's @ Apprx. 8"
The Upper Two while not quite as hard as the Suicide section above it is chock full of high quality
rapids.The last mile of the run from Humpty Dumpty to the Chair Lift is the most continous section
of whitewater in LRC, and that makes it a very high quality delightful mile of whitewater indeed
After a few class 2 and 3 rapids you arrive at Rock Jumble [Screaming Right Hand Turn ]this long
class 4 rapids bops down through a low angle boulder bed making a sharp right turn at the
Below here the river slowly winds though big spooky boulders to Road Block a 100 yds below.Road
Block is a one move rapid ,a boof off a 5 foot ledge,that is very clean and simple as long no
mistakes are made. The left side outflow of the hole is obtructed by a sloping rock wall that
pushes the backwash back into the hole this makes the hole extremely sticky.Boats have been stuck
in it for hours and swimmers often get recirculated in it for uncomfortable periods of time.There
have been many incidents and a death here in the last few years so be alert particularly at higher
Humpty Dumpty follows quickly.This beautiful photogenic rapid drops between car and house size
boulders in two big leaps.The boof at the top drop is an Alabama classic and the hole at the base
of the second drop gets bigger and bigger as the water gets higher.
Below here the pace contiues unabated,the next mile throws up closely spaced class 3 and 4 rapids
right down to Eberhart Point.Most are unnamed but a few names in order are Mr.
Bubble,Roostertail,Whiplash, Empire State,and Deep Throat.This last mile is fast paced read and run
and there is nothing that is normally scouted.The hardest rapid is Deep Throat which has some
horrible looking pin rocks in the middle of it's bottom drop.Ugly as they are there never seem to
be any real problems there.
To get to the takeout, take hwy 35 east from Interstate 59, cross over Little River. There is a
gauge on the SE pyling and an overlook of the falls on the east side of the river. Follow hwy 35
east to hwy 273 and turn right (south). After you cross over Little River, about 1/4 mile, take the
first paved road to the right to Canyon Mouth Park. The park is now operated by the National Park
Service an opens at 8:00 am. Bathrooms are available. The USGS gauge is behind the bath house.
To the put in, go back the way you came to the hwy 35 bridge. Just past the bridge, turn left
(south) on hwy 176. You will pass mushroom rock (a rock in the middle olf the road).The park
service has put up a sigh, "Lower Two" put-in. Park here, and follow the trail down to
the river. About 100' down the trail is a small trail off to the right, about 50' and you'll be on
a nice overlook of the river. There is plenty of warm up before getting to Screaming Right
If you are staying overnight, a good place to camp is Desota State Park. Five miles north of hwy 35
on hwy 89. Primitive camping is $8/night for 2, or improved campsits for $15/night, one tent,
additional charge for additional tents, 8 persons max per site. Improved sites have heated
bathrooms and hot showers. Call 256-845-5075 for the camp store, or 800-568-8840 for reservations.
Cabins and motel rooms are also available, and a restaurant.
There is also free camping at some very primative hunters camping sites in the wildlife managment
area across highway 35 .Turn north off Highway 35 about a mile east of Little River Falls on to CR
103, camping site is on the right.There is no water or toilets but it is very close to the
Break-in occured 11-13-04 at Canyon Mouth Park
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