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    Little River FAlls

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 20, 2010

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    The Little River Falls canyon is a very nice and secluded place to stop and enjoy nature. It runs on the top of Lookout Mountain range and starts from NW Georgia, and ends in Weiss Lake. It has few areas to hike/walk around, and basically has 9 places to pull the vehicle off the road and get views of the river/falls. The canyon is 17 miles long and the depth is average 400 feet to the river base , but 700 at deepest point. The drive is 22 miles long, and follows the west rim of the canyon.
    It is located on Hwy 35, and 12 miles east from Ft. Payne. They have some hiking trails that are mostly unmarked and along the river edge, or on the peak of the rock ledge

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    Mentone

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 20, 2010

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    This is a 4 way stop north of Ft. Payne about 12 miles. It has two B&B places to stay and a couple of antique stores. Besides that, this used to be a spa area for retreats. It has seen a more popular day in the past. The old buildings are nice to view, though. They appear to be around early 1930-40's

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    Desoto State Park

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 20, 2010

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    This is a really nice park for campers and hiking. It is located on County Rd 89 and about 10 miles NE of Ft. Payne. The park has rustic cabins, lofts, and motel rooms, as well as camper spots. The total 26 cabins and 25 rooms, and 93 campers sites. The prices are very reasonable. Inside the motel lobby is a restaurant that serves good food.
    The park has 27 miles of roads, and many hiking trails to follow. It is mostly all wooded, but has a small lake, also.

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    Little River Falls Sites

    by BruceDunning Written Jan 21, 2010

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    Grace FAlls drop of about 600 feet.
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    There are 9 places where you can pull off the road and have an overview of the canyon and river beauty. The route takes you down Hay 176 through the park for 12 miles and you can come out the back end to re-circuit back to Ft. Payne; about 10 miles further. The views are spectacular, and gives impression that this is pure wilderness.

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    Indian Falls in DeSoto State Park

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 4, 2014

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    Sunday, March 2nd, Tony and I went to DeSoto State Park, we hiked out to Indian Falls..it is not a really big fall. It is located across the street from the parking lot for the Azalea Cascade and the boardwalk trail. This fall is located not to far away from the parking lot. Water Source
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    About 7 miles from Fort Payne on County road 89 off Alabama Highway 35, just past the entrance to De Soto State Park
    Size 20 foot drop
    Trail Short trail, about 100 feet, across the road from a small parking area with a sign for Indian Falls
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    I came upon this waterfall by chance while looking for DeSoto Falls. There was a sign at a small parking lot just across the road from the trail to the falls. The trail went to the right of a small water treatment facility.
    There is a footbridge across the creek just above the falls. From the far side of the bridge is a trail to the foot of the falls.

    This waterfall, although smaller than the others I saw that day, was especially appealing because of its seclusion. It was back into the woods, and there were no other people there.

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    Lodge Falls in DeSoto State Park

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 4, 2014

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    Sunday, March 2nd, Tony and I went hiking in DeSoto State Park. This was the fourth falls that we visited that day. It was the smallest of the four we saw. Very easy to get to. Lodge Falls
    This easy to find waterfall is located just behind DeSoto’s Lodge. Lodge Falls drops about 25 feet and is very rainfall dependant. The best view point of this waterfall is reached by hiking down into a small ravine and then getting on the yellow trail for a short distance and coming back out next to the Lodge.

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    Little River Canyon Falls

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 4, 2014

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    Sunday, March 2nd, Tony and I visited the Fort Payne area and visited the Little River Canyon National Preserve. Here we saw the Little Canyon Waterfalls, and we also traveled around the Rim of the Canyon for some really spectacular views of the canyon and the Little River below.
    It is beautiful@@ and it is FREE so you should definitely visit. There are picnic tables at various overlooks to enjoy.
    I highly recommend this gorgeous drive and its only a few hours outside of Nashville. An easy day trip...

    Little River Canyon National Preserve is a United States National Preserve located on top of Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, Alabama, and DeSoto State Park. Created by an act of Congress in 1992, the nearly 14,000-acre (5,700 ha) preserve protects what is sometimes said to be the nation's longest mountaintop river, the Little River. The canyon was historically called "May's Gulf", "gulf" being a common term throughout the Cumberland Plateau for this sort of feature (e.g. Savage Gulf in Tennessee, or Trenton Gulf nearby in Georgia, now renamed "Cloudland Canyon"). The canyon is sometimes said to be the deepest canyon in the United States east of the Mississippi River. Prior to being assigned to the National Park Service, the canyon area formed the southmost unit of Alabama's DeSoto State Park.

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    Statues of the Band Alabama

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 5, 2014

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    Tony and I was in Fort Payne on Sunday, March 2nd. We were driving down main street and found this Memorial Statues to the Band Alabama, apparently the boys were from this area. These are life size statues. Very interesting memorial and FREE to enjoy..Located on a corner with a parking lot near the City Park.

    Life-size statues of the country music group "Alabama" are now on display in this small town in the northeast of the state. The statues are in the corner of Union Park facing the intersection of Gault Avenue and 4th Street North in downtown Fort Payne

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    Trail of Tear Sites

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 5, 2014

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    In the 19th century, the site of Fort Payne was the location of Willstown, an important village of the Cherokees who relocated to Tahlequah, Oklahoma during the Cherokee Trail of Tears. For a time it was the home of Sequoyah, who invented the Cherokee syllabary, enabling reading and writing in the language. The settlement was commonly called Willstown, after its headman, a red-headed mixed-race man named Will. According to Major John Norton, a more accurate transliteration would have been Titsohili. The son of a Cherokee adoptee of the Mohawk, Norton grew up among Native Americans and traveled extensively throughout the region in the early 19th century. He stayed at Willstown several times,[1]
    During the 1830s prior to Indian removal, the US Army under command of Major John Payne built a fort here that was used to intern Cherokees until relocation to Oklahoma. Their forced exile became known as the Trail of Tears.

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    Hawk Glide Overlook

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 6, 2014

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    Today, Sunday March 2nd, Tony and I decided to drive down the Little River Canyon Rim Scenic Drive and found various overlooks that had the most magnificent views..They were so amazing. This particular overlook had the name "HAWK GLIDE"...now I did notice at several overlooks hawks gliding above us and sometimes at eye level. I really found this trip amazing.

    Hawks Glide - This overlook is noteworthy because visitors can often see hawks and other birds gliding over the canyon in the vicinity. For most visitors, the best way to explore Alabama's spectacular Little River Canyon National Preserve is by the paved scenic road that leads along the western rim of the canyon.

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    fort payne depot museum

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2009
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    the fort payne depot was built in 1891 and is listed on the national register of historic places. today the depot is home to the fort payne history museum. the museum has an interesting collection of native american artifacts and displays on the history of fort payne.

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    confederate memorial

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2009
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    pictured is the dekalb county confederate civil war memorial. the memorial is located in a park across the street from the fort payne depot history museum. the memorial is a standing solder motif which is common in the south.

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    "alabama" statues

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2009
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    pictured are statues of the southern rock group "alabama". also known as "the boys from fort payne" randy owen, teddy gentry, jeff cook, and mark herndon founded the rock group in fort payne. "alabama" had over 20 hits such as "my home's in alabama", "feel's so right", "mountain music" and more. in modern times the members of "alabama" were fort paynes most famous residents. the "alabama" museum and fan club is located at 101 glenn blvd, s.w. (AL 35) just west of downtown.

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    little river falls

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    most visitors to fort payne come to visit the natural attactions of near by lookout mountain. in the fort payne area is the little river canyon national preserve, de soto state park, and de soto falls. pictured is little river falls located in the little river canyon national preserve.

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    little river canyon national preserve

    by doug48 Updated Sep 16, 2009
    little river canyon

    the little river and little river canyon are one of the most interesting natural attractions of the southeastern united states. the little river begins on the top of lookout mountain and over a period of millions of years forms the canyon we see today. scenic highway 176 follows the rim of the canyon and there are several scenic overlooks along the route. the preserve offers camping, hiking trails, kayaking, fishing, and a picnic area. for those interested in wildlife and nature the preserve is an excellent place to visit in northeast alabama.

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