Within 1/2 Hour:
Visit DeSoto State Park and see DeSoto Falls
Ski at Cloudmont (December thru March)
Shop in Mentone (The Gourdie Shop, The Hitching Post (antiques & collectibles), The White Elephant (antiques) and various arts & crafts shops) Don't miiss Kamamu in the centernof town. They have a coffee shop and represent area artist's works. Miracle pottery is a must see.
See a movie at the Fort Payne movie theater
Collinsville Trade Day - Open every Saturday with close to 1,000 vendors and an estimated 30,000 people in attendance. Arrive early! Trade Day starts by 5:30 a.m. and usually last until about 1 in the afternoon. Plants, fresh fruit, trees, junk, antiques, collectibles is just a sampling of what you can find at Collinsville Trade Day. Located on the US Highway 11. Exit 231 off of I59
Visit Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, AL for a garage sale shoppers delight! This is the place where all the items that were left on an airplane end up for resale. If you like to shop, don't miss this place!
Did You Know?
Fort Payne is the "Sock Capital of the World." The hosiery industry in DeKalb County is 90 years young and counting. There are some 150 factories in the county that together employ over 7,800 people. These mills and employees ship out 3 Million Dozen Pairs of socks each week. It is estimated that 1 in every 7 in the world that puts on a pair of socks that those socks came from Fort Payne, Alabama!
Within 3/4 Hour:
Check out Sequoyah Caverns
Hike in Little River Canyon (a natural preserve)
Hik e in Cloudland Canyon State Park (in Georgia)
Fish at Fox's Trout Farm
Within about 1 Hour:
Head to Chattanooga for...
Visit Ruby Falls
See Rock City
Visit the Tennessee Aquarium & IMAX theater
Visit and dine at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
More Information at these important web sites:
- DeKalb County Department of Tourism http://www.tourdekalb.com/
- Lookout Mountain, Alabama
- Town of Mentone web site
J. Spencer’s – Located on the Miracle Pottery property in Valley Head, Alabama. New home of former Wildflower Café Chef Ben. Great lunches and dinners. Call ahead for reservations to 256-635-0030.
DeSoto State Park's Mountain Inn Restaurant - This restaurant-motel complex was remodeled from the original stone lodge utilizing the exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and the extra large fireplace to enhance the mountain atmosphere. The restaurant features some of Lookout Mountain's finest dining. 261 County Road 951, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967. (256)845-5380.
Moonlite Bistro - Located in Circa 1800's original "Indian Trading Post" Great lunches and dinners. Hamburgers to steaks.
Sunshine Cafe- at Hwy 177 and Hwy 11 Open for Lunch and Dinner, Monday thru Saturday. Good food. Daily specials -- BAKERY- Hamburgers, Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches. 256-635-6896
Big Jim's Barbeque - at Hwy 177 and Hwy 11 Open for Lunch and Dinner, Thursday thru Saturday. 256-635-6160
Cones of Mentone - 404-218-1527. Ice Cream Shoppe. Featuring Mayfield Ice Cream and Nathan's Famous Hotdogs. Open April 15th - Nov 19th. Hand-Dipped Cones, Shakes, Malts, Sundaes, Floats, Hot Dogs, Sodas, Snacks. Located in the Log Cabin Village Hwy 117 in Mentone, AL.
Depot Diner - Rising Fawn, Georgia Great little place open until 7:00 PM Central Time
Canyon Grill - in Cloudland, Georgia. Good food and atmosphere. Rated Top 10 Resturant in 2009 for the State of Georgia 706-398-9510
Mentone Springs Hotel - a more formal place for great food featuring Alice's Resturant. Reservations requested.
Cracker Barrel Restaurant - Exit 218 off I59 in Fort Payne
Ruby Tuesday - Exit 218 off I59 in Fort Payne
Santa Fe Cattle Company - 256-546-5253 -- Exit 218 off I59 in Fort Payne
Alabama Fan Club & Museum
Home of the Country Music Group of the Century, this museum houses the group Alabama's many awards and achievements, collections from their youth and a souvenir and gift shop. Located at 101 Glenn Blvd. SW, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967. (256)845-1646.
Fort Payne Depot Museum
Railroad memorabilia, Dioramas handcrafted back in 1913, Indian Artifacts, Local History and more! Located on 105 5 th Street North, in downtown Fort Payne, Alabama 35967. (256)845-5714. Mon. - Wed.- Fri. 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. For group tours at other times call (256)845-3957.
This attraction houses memorabilia, antique and newer machines used to knit socks and a wealth of history about DeKalb's thriving hosiery industry. The museum is adjacent to the Fort Payne Opera House on Gault Avenue North in Fort Payne, the "Sock Capital of the World!"
Landmarks Opera House - This structure was built in 1889 by W.O. Rice and was known as the "handsomest opera house in the state." Having been restored by a group called Landmarks, productions are once again brought to the stage. It is the oldest opera house in the state still in use today. Located downtown Fort Payne, Alabama. For group tours of the Opera House call (256)845-0720.