While enjoying your own peaceful retreat, be sure to check out some of our favorite local attractions! Some of these favorites vary their hours seasonally, so be sure to check out their websites or facebook pages for more information.
Pack a picnic lunch & head out for a day of exploring DeSoto State Park's beautiful ridges, waterfalls, & river. Whether a nature hobbyist, outdoor enthusiast, or sporting fanatic - this park offers plenty to do. Kayaking, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, cycling, rappelling, bouldering, picnicking, wildflower expeditions, & just plain ole' exploring nature! This AL state park caters to individuals, families, & groups of all sizes!
Featuring 34 different adventures that include hiking, camping, zip lining, rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, and more! Whatever journey you’re on, join them for an adventure of a lifetime! Their lead guides have the highest level of training in the South.
Only snow skiing in Alabama! Weather determines open times, but it's great fun when it is! Since 1970, advanced snowmaking equipment & patient professional instruction have provided Cloudmont’s ski expansion to include two one-thousand foot, beginner-intermediate slopes. Two “pony lifts” take skiers to the top of the slopes with elevation of 1,800 feet & a vertical rise of 150 feet.
721 CR 614, Mentone, AL 35984
Located high atop Lookout Mountain, enjoy golfing in a secluded and peaceful location with refreshing mountain breezes. 18 hole, PAR 69 course. All gas carts, clubhouse, picnic pavilion, a picnic area, canoes, and more!
741 CR-647, Mentone, AL 35984
People of all ages can enjoy a truly unique experience by taking a step back in time to learn about this Depression-era program that developed DeSoto State Park and other parks all over the U.S.A. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated for preservation.
The Gospels note that it takes someone divine to build a church on a rock, and Mentone's Col. Milford Howard did just that as a memorial to his first wife. Hoping to reproduce a European church they visited, one of his last accomplishments was raising money and materials for the build. Popular for unique weddings, services each Sunday in the chapel encourage "come as you are" attendance. Location: Just outside DeSoto State Park, corner of CR-165 and CR-617 in Mentone. Learn More
Handmade and homegrown - this is the place to meet locals with unique trades and crafts!
Every Saturday 10am - 1pm CST, you'll find fresh local honey, organic veggies, bread, eggs, meat, and even wool scarves, gloves and socks sold by a local sheep farmer!
6139 HWY 117, Mentone, AL 35984
Axe throwing is an easy sport to learn, and the experienced instructors will teach you proper technique for a safe and memorable experience. Axe throwing is a safe and fun activity for everyone! Reserve your spot online to guarantee availability.
112 Gault Ave., Fort Payne, AL 35967
30 minutes from Fort Payne, this non-profit Wild Animal Preserve & Environmental Educational Center is home to over 160 animals! Take a learning walk or tour, fall in love with a tiger, or even play a game of hide and seek with a lion in a safe and natural setting. Children can interact with barn yard animals and visit our Legacy Living Classroom and gift store, too!
708 County Road 345, Attalla, AL
Tigers for Tomorrow - Website
Check out the newly-remodeled, state of the art museum, featuring over 50 years of music memorabilia. From the early days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to the Country Music Hall of Fame, people of all ages enjoy this experience the story of ALABAMA's history. The museum includes many personal items, videos, pictures, awards and gifts from other artists, never before seen in public until now.
101 Glenn Blvd. SW, Fort Payne, AL 35967
A current 15,288 acres, the protected Preserve boundaries contain Little River Canyon, Little River, & numerous rare species. The river flows for most of the canyon’s length atop Lookout Mountain, and the falls can be viewed from the pedestrian walkway on the GE Hill Bridge or down a board walk with minimal stairs Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims & bluffs, pools, boulders, & sandstone cliffs merge natural resources & cultural heritage. NPS.gov/LIRI
Blow your own glass ornament. Classes held regularly, call for class times & prices. Orbix resides on 26 acres bordering Little River Canyon National Preserve. Evidence of this landscape whispers through the Orbix collection, as it always remains a backdrop of the studio.
3869 County Road 275, Fort Payne, AL 35967
Founded in Alabama's Mountain Town, as a way to showcase talented Southern Makers. Offers locally handcrafted art and curated collections including jewelry, home goods, gourmet food, pottery, hand blown glass, sculpture, furniture, & clothing.
324 Gault Ave., Fort Payne, AL 35967
Mytrle Jane's is an Antique Marketplace featuring over 40 booths. A climate-controlled building that is chock full of treasures such as painted furniture, primitives and antiques, along with upcycled and re-purposed items, gifts and home accessories for your shopping pleasure!
1030 Grand Ave SW, Fort Payne, AL 35967
The Big Mill Co – Artisans & Antiques is housed in the historical W.B. Davis Hosiery Mill. The building was constructed in 1889 by the Alabama Builders Hardware Manufacturing Company. It was purchased in 1915 and operated as a hosiery mill. The building now houses a 21,000 square feet Antique Marketplace “destination” where artists, craftsmen and antiquers gather.
151 8th Street NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967
A unique swimming hole perfect for the sun-bather & thrill seeker, the trail to it is short enough for carrying larger items (cooler, towels, etc.). Prepare to devote most of your day here! Little Falls AKA Martha’s Falls or “Hippie Hole” is a popular swimming hole in the Little River Canyon National Preserve. Located along the state line of AL & GA with free parking & admission, the 0.75 mile hike leads to 137 stone stairs into the canyon & river.
Little River Canyon Center features a Grand Hall, HD movie theater, gift shop, natural history library, exhibits, classrooms, back deck, outdoor amphitheater and trails for both education and adventure. It is available to rent for meetings, social gatherings, corporate retreats and other special events.
23 miles, 8 overlooks, 4 trails, 1 unique rock formation, & rock climbing access points! Connecting Little River Falls & Canyon Mouth Park, the parkway grants visitors access to the beauty of the canyon from the west rim & the challenge of hiking down into the canyon & river below. This winding road offers something for visitors year-round. Travel time from the Little River Canyon Center to Canyon Mouth Park along the Little River Canyon Rim Parkway takes approximately 45 minutes.
133 foot seasonal waterfall that cascades off the cliffs. The falls do not usually flow in the summer. The waterfall is located on the opposite side of the canyon from where you drive. This tranquil setting is a great place to sit and relax and reflect on your day.
Sit down on the bench at the overlook and enjoy the tranquil feeling as you look across the canyon at this beautiful waterfall.
A swimming hole located on AL Hwy 35 1/4 mile east of/upstream from Little River Falls. Perfect for families with young children or new swimmers, it features calm, easy flowing waters and is close to the small parking lot which controls crowding. *Late spring and summer weekends - note, the parking lot often is full by 11:00 AM (CST) the lot closes until spaces become available. Have a back-up plan in case this area is inaccessible. NPS.gov - Blue Hole
The landscape of Little River Canyon National Preserve is rolling hills and dense woodland, containing 23 miles of road in the Wildlife Management Area. Open to 4WD vehicles, horseback riders, bicyclists, and hikers, it is popular for kayaks and canoes during the wetter months, too. 4WD vehicles are required to for many of these roads. Numbered roads are subject to erosion during heavy rainstorms and portions of the roads may be impassable at any time. NOTE: Check access & allowances HERE