Sink Hole at Little River Canyon National Preserve
A deep and growing sinkhole is devouring a road in the Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne. Park Ranger Larry Beane says it is unsafe to drive over or around this sinkhole; the extra weight could collapse more of the road. Snow and rain have left backcountry roads soft and unstable, and creeks and rivers are running high and fast. People who need to reach the Hartline area should use roads 09 and 05 north or roads 08 and 07 to access the management area south of Hartline, or come in from the south on Road 05. Beane said Backcountry Road 105 between Hartline Ford and Road 08 has been blocked off using barricades and signs.