Fort Payne Travel Guide

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Fort Payne Things to Do

  • Grace's High Falls Overlook

    Grace's High Falls Overlook visited by us on March 2, 2014. It is so lovely here. Considered the Grand Canyon of the East, Little River Canyon Rim Scenic Drive outside Fort Payne, AL..Here's a close-up picture of Graces High Falls. This 'high' waterfall plunges past river-carved sandstone.

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  • Crow Point Overlook

    Sunday, March 2nd Tony and I was enjoying this scenic drive with many overlooks and I had to stop at everyone...For most visitors, the best way to explore Alabama's spectacular Little Rive Canyon National Preserve is by the paved scenic road that leads along the western rim of the canyon.Canyon Rim Drive (Alabama Highway 176) connects eight...

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  • Canyon View Overlook

    Sunday, March 2nd Tony and I was enjoying this scenic drive with many overlooks and I had to stop at everyone...For most visitors, the best way to explore Alabama's spectacular Little Rive Canyon National Preserve is by the paved scenic road that leads along the western rim of the canyon.Canyon Rim Drive (Alabama Highway 176) connects eight...

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  • Wolf Creek Overlook on the LIttle River...

    Sunday, March 2nd Tony and I was enjoying this scenic drive with many overlooks and I had to stop at everyone...For most visitors, the best way to explore Alabama's spectacular Little Rive Canyon National Preserve is by the paved scenic road that leads along the western rim of the canyon.Canyon Rim Drive (Alabama Highway 176) connects eight...

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  • Mushroom Rock in Little River Canyon

    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. Mushroom Rock - Not actually an overlook, Mushroom Rock is an unusual natural formation that rises literally in the middle of Canyon Rim Drive. The roadway divides...

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  • Hawk Glide Overlook

    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...

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  • Lynn Overlook

    Lynn Overlook - This overlook provides very nice views of the upper canyon. A gravel parking lot adjoins the overlook, which takes visitors to the very edge of Little River Canyon

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  • Little River Falls Overlook

    Sunday March 2nd, Tony and I decided to take the Little River Canyon Rim Scenic Drive and the first overlook was "Little River Falls Overlook" There was a beautiful overlook, a nice boardwalk walkway out to the overlook. Free parking and picnic tables for great view. I would love to bring my daughter here to enjoy the gorgeous views. Little River...

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  • Little River Canyon Rim Scenic Drive

    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.Canyon Rim Drive (Alabama Highway 176) connects eight overlooks along an 11 mile stretch of Little River Canyon. They provide outstanding vistas of the canyon and its...

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  • The Alabama Fan Club and 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.The Alabama BandAlabama headquarters is located in Fort Payne, AL at 101 Glenn Boulevard SW near the intersection of State Hwy 35 & U.S. Hwy. 11 and less than a mile off I-59,...

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  • W. B. Davis Hosiery Mill

    Fort Payne's population at the beginning of the new century was approximately 1700, as compared with over 3500 in 1890. Most of its citizens realized that the city's future prosperity would depend upon small industries and the surrounding agricultural area.The industry for which Fort Payne became best known first came in 1907. It was that year,...

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  • Wills Town Mission

    Inscription. The mission was established in 1823 by the American Board of Missions to further education and Christianity among the Cherokee Indians. Mission operated until the Indian removal in 1838. Grave site of Reverend Ard Hoyt, first superintendent, marks the location of the mission near the corner of 38th Street and Godfrey Avenue. Erected...

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  • Fort Payne's Fort

    Inscription. The fort, consisting of a log house and large stockade, was built in 1838 by order of General Winfield Scott, commander of military forces responsible for the removal of Cherokee Indians.Soldiers occupying the fort were commanded by Captain John C. Payne, for whom the fort was named.Indians in the DeKalb County area who refused to move...

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  • Historic DeKalb Theater

    The DeKalb Theatre was listed in 1941 with a seating capacity of 350. In 1950, it is listed with with a seating capacity of 500. It is still in use and has been gracefully restored as a multi-purpose venue.

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  • Fort Payne Opera House

    The Fort Payne Opera House, located at 510 Gault Avenue North in Fort Payne, DeKalb County in the U.S. state of Alabama built during the industrial boom in 1889. The Fort Payne Opera House is the only one in the State of Alabama still in use. The establishment has been used as a movie theater, live theater and a public forum. The Opera House still...

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  • Fort Payne Historic Depot Museum

    Sunday, March 2nd, Tony and I stopped at the Old Depot. It was closed. would have loved to go inside but at least I got to walk around and take some gorgeous pictures of the old depot.History:The Fort Payne Depot Museum is one of the few surviving nineteenth-century railway terminals in Alabama. Located on the main thoroughfare in Fort Payne,...

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  • Wills Town Mission Cemetery

    On the northeastern edge of the city of Fort Payne, Alabama, can be found a historic Native American and pioneer cemetery marking the site of the Wills Town Mission.Authorized by the American Board of Missions as part of its effort to bring education and Christianity to the Cherokee Indians, the mission was established in the Cherokee settlement of...

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  • Old Fort Payne Cabin Site

    Landmarks’ property at the end of 4th Street S. and Gault Ave. in Fort Payne, containing the old cabin foundation and chimney, is now an officially certified historic site on the Trail of Tears Historic Trail. To get driving directions for the Benge Route of the Trail of TearsLate in 1837, Federal Troops arrived in Will’s Valley to establish a fort...

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  • Andrew Ross Home Site

    Sunday, March 2nd, while in Fort Payne, Al ..Tony and I happened across three different sites pertaining to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail..I visited them and found them very interesting..so I wanted to share.The main property is posted as PRIVATE because someone actually lives in the home as a private residence.History of the...

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  • Trail of Tear Sites

    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...

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  • Statues of the Band Alabama

    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...

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  • Little River Canyon Falls

    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....

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  • DeSoto State Park

    Sunday March 2nd, Tony and I drove the 2 1/2 hrs out of Nashville to the Fort Payne area in Alabama. We got off the exit 231 and headed into the mountains at Mendone and took our time through the parkway to DeSoto State Park making several stops along the way.We visited DeSoto Falls which is actually about 5 miles away from the park itself. Once at...

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  • Lodge Falls in DeSoto State Park

    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 FallsThis 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...

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  • Indian Falls in DeSoto State Park

    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 SourceLocationAbout 7 miles from Fort Payne on County road 89 off...

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  • Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Chapel

    Tony and I was driving near the DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne in the mountains and found this astonishing unique Baptist Church on the side of the road. Had to stop and take a few pictures. The pastor came out and was waving at us. I waved back. It was about 1/2 hr before the services started. I have a feeling I should have stayed.This quaint,...

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  • Azalea Cascade Trail in DeSoto State...

    This boardwalk Trail was planned and built through a community effort headed by former park superintendent Talmadge Butler. Grants and donations paid for the materials used to build the trail. It was constructed by the Alabama State Parks Maintenance Crew.The Boardwalk is a 360-yard trail that can be enjoyed and traveled by people of all abilities....

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  • little river falls

    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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  • de soto state park

    de soto state park is located on lookout mountain about 15 miles northeast of fort payne. this 3,500 acre park has rental cabins, chalets, and a motel. the park offers swimming, fishing picnicing, tennis, and 12 miles of hiking trails. for those interested in wildlife and nature de soto state park is a nice place to visit in northeast alabama.

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  • Desoto Falls

    This is a large falls with a drop off of 104 feet into a pool at the bottom. The water is pristine green. It has a dam at the top part and a back up pond with picnic tables

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 6, 2014

    Tony and I spent the entire morning driving around seeing the magnificent waterfalls and scenic views and overlooks...and working up a major appetite. It was almost 1pm, which means "Church is out and restaurants full"..
    We drove around the older historic area looking for a mom and pop style home cooking diner...but nothing..
    There was a pizza buffet place, but I am not a buffet type of girl...so we drove to the newer section of time closer to the interstate. Of course there was your typical fast food chains...but not on adventure day!!!
    So, I found JEFFERSON's
    The building on the outside looks like a remodeled Pizza Hut building but inside it is much bigger than the outside appearance..One of the waitresses greeted us immediately and said "Hi just grab a seat anywhere"...but she meant "Anywhere you can"...there was full tables of guest enjoying their meals and several tables full of dirty dishes and debris. I was able to spot a booth near the window. The table still needed a cloth taken to it but at least no remaining crockery.
    When the waitress came over, she was young and out of breath..she asked for our drink orders and handed our menus. Tony asked " Do you have Budweiser?" She turned to him quickly saying "You are not from here are you?" We both shook our heads at the same time and said NO NASHVILLE...she said "Then what the HELL are you doing here?" we all laughed and I said We have been enjoying the day and the waterfalls..She asked "What waterfalls?"
    I told her, well you have about 6 of them on that mountain back there...she turned to look at the window..."REALLY?"...I thought is she being Facetious? She looked to be in her early 20's...not a kid..I just smiled and nodded..
    Tony said, what about the Budweiser? She smiled, Not on Sunday honey..The LORD doesn't like that !!!..So he ordered Sweet Iced Tea and I ordered Unsweetened Tea..
    We looked over the menu...I ordered 10 wings with 5 of the Southern Heat and 5 original Hot with bleu cheese for dipping and celery. Tony ordered the Grilled Shrimp Po Boy with mac n' cheese.
    The place was filling up fast. Large groups were coming in with lots of children. When the waitress returned about 30 minutes later with drink refills. I asked her "Whats up with all the groups of kids?" She said, Well the rest of the week we are a bar style restaurant and on Sundays we invite the families in and give the kids all free meals..so literally two adults could arrive with 8 kids and all the kids eat free..heck you can't beat that..!!! As long as they are 14 and under..pretty good deal especially if you have a bunch of kids.
    Well after about 45 minutes later, with no chips/salsa or basket of rolls to tide us over, she finally brings our food. Tony's Po Boy looked more like a Shrimp Philly Cheese steak sandwiches with large slices of grilled onions and green peppers with a cajun sauce. We split the sandwich and it was really good. The wings were very dry..over cooked or like they had been sitting under a warming light for 45 minutes...lol !!! We asked for some additional hot sauce to wet them up a little bit, she said SURE...but she must have forgotten..she was busy with a table of 15, and at least 11 of them were kids...lol !!!
    The reason the tables so messy earlier..the waitresses are also the bus boys..
    Check with taxes was $21..I left her a $5 tip..she was doing the best she could..
    I don't think I would eat here again, but it was not the waitresses fault..she was working like an Octopus...one small lady with 8 arms...she was everywhere, Now I know why she was out of breath when we first met her..

    Grilled Cajun Shrimp Po'Boy hot wings (not very hot)
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    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jun 20, 2009

    Well, it seems like most people would have the sense not to do this anyway, but if they need a sign, there are more silly people in the world than you would expect, I guess!

    Beware!

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