The 10 Best Things to Do in Fort Payne, United States

December 6, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Fort Payne in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Canyons. Discover best things to do in Fort Payne with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Fort Payne

1. Little River Canyon National Preserve

4322 Little River Trl NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967-9300 +1 256-845-9605
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 428 reviews

Little River Canyon National Preserve

The deepest canyon east of the Mississippi is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Lookout Mountain.

Reviewed By Ginas418 - DeLand, Florida

We thoroughly enjoyed the eleven mile scenic drive. We got to see Grace's Falls and the main waterfalls. The canyon views were absolutely incredible. The bathrooms were messy but they are state park toilets. The visitor center bathrooms were incredibly clean. There is a nice gift shop inside the visitor center. The staff is very informative and friendly!

2. Desoto Falls

Lookout Mountain Parkway, Mentone, AL +1 256-845-0051
Excellent
62%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Desoto Falls

Reviewed By EldaP - Lula

Very serene and incredibly beautiful. The fall colors just made it that much more beautiful. The final fall is a 104ft drop and it can make you feel a little light headed when you're standing next to the rail. Watch small children VERY CLOSELY!! It would be easy for one to slip through..

3. Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center

1571 McCurdy Ave N, Rainsville, AL 35986-4429 +1 256-638-1650
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

New Agri-Business Center, multipurpose facility, 43.5 acres, climate-controlled arena, stables, warm up area, recreational vehicle park, and a two-acre lake. Open for public use.

Reviewed By adistlefink - Fort Payne, Alabama

They have a lot of good events here, everything from concerts to horse events. The bleacher seating is a pain in the back, literally. I went to a concert there ended up having to leave early because I can't sit that long in that type of seating. I haven't been to any events since then because of the seating.

4. DeSoto State Park

7104 Desoto Pkwy NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967-7909 +1 256-845-0051
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 291 reviews

DeSoto State Park

In the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is accented by many rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s and the atmosphere of the CCC enhances many areas, including the Lodge, restaurant, and Cabins. Lodging to choose from: Log Cabins, Rustic CCC cabins, Chalets, Motel Rooms. Camping options: Camping Cabin Improved campground with full hookup campsites (for RVs & tents) Primitive Camping, Backpacking Campsites. Amenities include a restaurant, meeting rooms, pavilions, picnic area,playground, swimming pool (seasonal), a nature center featuring interpretive programs and live animals, a CCC museum, and more than 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; including an ADA-accessible boardwalk trail. DeSoto Falls, a 104ft waterfall is one of DeSoto's biggest attractions. Park is 1 hour from Chattanooga, 2 hours from Atlanta, Birmingham, & Huntsville

Reviewed By Sam36527 - Daphne, Alabama

Beautiful wooded mountains with river running throughout. We rented a log cabin for 4 adults, two teen girls. Great set up with stone, wood burning fireplace, kitchen, moderately stocked with cooking implements and dishes. Central heat and air, two rooms with another pull-out couch. Near many trails, falls and outdoor activities. Fairly low cost for everything. TVs in living room and both bedrooms (cable) but we never actually turned them on. It snowed !

5. Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church

County Hwy-617, Mentone, AL 35984
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church

Reviewed By Lisa P

I have been researching the history on Mentone/Ft. Payne since this is where my Dad was from. Heard about the church and the sense of peace you get when visiting so I had to go. One of the MOST amazing things I've seen. It's amazing how it is built around a rock so many years ago before. You just don't see this kind of thing anywhere.
What is even more amazing, the door is always unlocked for visitors and this day and age you don't normally find that. Truly a step back in better days.

6. Little River Canyon Center

472 Alabama Hwy 35, Fort Payne, AL 35967 +1 256-845-3548
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

Little River Canyon Center

The Little River Canyon Center is a partnership between Jacksonville State University and Little River Canyon National Preserve. The Center provides visitors with information, educational and recreational opportunities, and an impressive HD film about Little River Canyon. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (check website for holiday schedule).

Reviewed By 361dana8324 - Marietta, Georgia

After a 2 Hour Dr., pulling up to the visitor center was a welcome sight. Went right in into the very large and very clean restrooms. They were also volunteers that welcomed us at the door, very willing to give us any information regarding the best places to look at the falls, overlooks, maps of the general area as well as a 20 minute movie that could be started just for us regarding the area.

7. Cloudmont Ski Resort

County Road 614, Mentone, AL 35984 +1 256-634-4344
Excellent
54%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Cloudmont Ski Resort

This mountainous ski and golf resort is also home to a dude ranch.

Reviewed By missmollymae - Houston, Texas

Its not Snowshoe but its a good place for beginners to get their feet wet. Its about $50 to ski/board, that fee includes gear, lift pass, and basic instruction. Cloudmont has a lot of beginning skiers/snowboarders so its a welcoming environment and you won't need to feel bad about inexperience (like you might at a bigger resort). The staff for the most part was friendly. The ski instructors were wonderful and knew what they were doing. The ski gear is in decent condition for the most part. I do have a warning about the lift (and it isn't really Cloudmont's fault). It is a pulley system rather than a chair lift or a conveyor belt. Other ski lifts have these (usually to get up the bunny hill) but Cloudmont has them exclusively up their main hills (only one of which was open). I fell more times trying to get the hang of the pulley lift than I did on the snow. Plus the top 1/4 of the hill is rather steep and its tiring to go up multiple times in a row (several people would stop at the top to catch their breath after the ride up). It takes some upper body strength to get up (remember you are holding onto something pulling your entire body weight up a hill). Like I said it isn't Cloudmont's fault, the hill is too little for a chair lift and too steep and long for an conveyor belt. Its not awful once you get the hang of it (and there are some tricks that the ski lift operators can show you if they have the time) but I saw several people become frustrated. Other than that there was about a 10 minute wait for the lift, which did allow for a short rest but could be frustrating if you fell at the bottom of the hill and had to wait in the line again. Its not anything that ruined my day at all but something to be aware of.

One complaint is that they adverted that they had 2 hills open (via a link that yo click on their website that is 'updated regularly'), that was not true unless they were counting the 20 feet run of the training area as a 'hill'. There was a lift (not operating) that went up to the top of what appeared to be another run but the top didn't have any snow on it. So that was a bit misleading. There is also no changing area other than the small bathroom. We also stood in the line to get our tickets and gear for over 30 minutes, it was extremely slow. One last thing is that they have limited sizes in very small and very large skis/boots/snowboard gear. So if you have little kids or big feet in your party you'll want to show up right at opening as they can't reserve the gear in advance (more information is on there website under 'ski conditions' instead of the rental info page oddly enough).

The best things about the resort is that its close, relatively affordable, and geared to beginners. Most people were not experienced skiers so there is no need to feel bad about going to the ski class or falling on the slope. Plan for at lest 3-4 hours on the ski slopes to really get your feet wet. The one run might eventually get boring to those more experienced but it is decent for a day or a weekend trip.

8. Marthas Falls

Little River Canyon Preserve, Fort Payne, AL
Excellent
67%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Marthas Falls

Reviewed By D C

We went at the end of March so we had trail to ourselves and found the falls empty of people once we arrived. I understand it can be crowded during the summer months. The falls were nice and we enjoyed the tranquility. The trail begins 'easy' but gets 'strenuous' at the end as you have to climb down to the falls.

9. Orbix Hot Glass

3869 County Road 275, Fort Payne, AL 35967-4380 +1 256-523-3188
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 37 reviews

Orbix Hot Glass

Hand blown glass fine art.

Reviewed By Amber G

The people were so friendly, warm, and knowledgeable. We chose to help blow our own Christmas ornament and it was such a unique experience. So much fun! If would certainly go back and recommend it to anyone who's interested in the art of working with glass!

10. True Adventure Sports

13102 Al Highway 176, Fort Payne, AL 35967-6782 +1 256-997-9577
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

True Adventure Sports

Reviewed By BradWiegmann - Springdale, Arkansas

Great day out repelling with True Adventure Sports in North Alabama with a group of just graduated high school seniors. They were extremely excited about repelling although some were slow to take a leap of faith over the lip of the bluff.
Awesome view from the bluff top and experiencing the adventure sports first-hand.
I was impressed with their attention to detail and guides where excellent.

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