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Official Website of Lookout Mountain Alabama

The Dekalb County Tourist Association welcomes you to Lookout Mountain Alabama


Suggested travels plans to Lookout Mountain 

Suggested Travel Plans

Go underground to the Looking Glass Lakes, ride horseback through forested paths, travel scenic and historic routes, kayak the raging Little River, shop in historic downtown districts. This is only the beginning of what there is to see and do in DeKalb County, Alabama. Here are a few suggestions to help you make the most of your visit to our beautiful Northeast Alabama Mountains. 

Antiques and Unique Shops

  • Begin in Rainsville among their many unique shops. Travel south on Hwy 35 to a variety of gift & specialty shops along the way. Continue south on Hwy 35 to find your way to Myrtle Jane's Antiques & Gifts and Treasures in Fort Payne. Move on to US Hwy. 11 in the historic district of downtown Fort Payne, where the shops are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Here you will find unique antique shops. You will also find Hammers, carrying your favorite name brand discounts. Travel North on US 11 a few blocks to the Big Mill Artisans & Antique Mall, housed in the impressive W.B. Davis Hosiery Mill structure. From there, travel north on US Hwy. 11 to find The Wishing Well, Cranberry Corner and Simply Elegant all housing one-of-a-kind gifts. Depart, heading north on US Hwy. 11 to AL Hwy. 117 South to the town of Valley Head. Here you will find Upscale Resale & Gift Shoppe and Second Chances Kids Consighnment specializing in new & used clothing, shoes & accessories. Stay on AL Hwy. 117 to begin your ascend up Lookout Mountain, but before you do, be sure to stop by Miracle Pottery & Art Gallery.  You will find some of the most amazing functional, decorative & unique handcrafted pottery anywhere around. As you top Lookout Mountain, you will find yourself in the charming town of Mentone, circa 1884. Here is where you will find the Mentone Log Cabin Village and The Mentone Inn. You will also find a serving of quaint restaurants, such as the Wildflower Cafe & Country Store and The Moonlight Bistro. Most of these buildings are also listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Continue south on AL Hwy. 117 where you will find Artisans Ltd. Inca Connection hosting one of the largest and most diverse collections of Inca art in the United States.
Year-Round Scenic Drives
  • Day One - Will’s Valley Tour - Begin in Collinsville on US Hwy. 11. Arrive early in Collinsville, (if it is Saturday) for Trade Days, an event that attracts 30,000 people each Saturday. Follow US Hwy. 11 North to Fort Payne, stopping to visit the Alabama Fan Club and Museum, the Depot Museum  and Opera House. Dine at one of many fine restaurants or take a picnic lunch to Fort Payne City Park. Continue North on US 11 to Valley Head. Make plans to tour Sequoyah Caverns while there. Settle down for the night at one of many unique accommodations listed in this website.

  • Day Two - Sand Mountain Tour - Take Alabama Hwy. 117 from Valley Head to the top of Sand Mountain. Stay straight as the road becomes Hwy. 40. Follow to Alabama Hwy. 75, turning left. Head for Sylvania and the DeKalb County Public Fishing Lake. Drive around the lake or better yet, rent a boat. Continue to travel South on 75 to Rainsville, Fyffe and Geraldine.  From there, take Hwy. 227 to High Falls Park and to Buck’s Pocket State Park. These places are exceptionally beautiful in Spring and Autumn.

  • Day Three - Lookout Mountain Parkway (LMP) Tour - Begin in Mentone on Alabama Hwy. 117 and County Rd. 89. Go to Mentone Brow Park for a majestic view of Will's Valley. Travel County Rd. 89 South for DeSoto Falls, a 104-foot waterfall. (If Springtime - be sure to take notice of all the wildflowers, Mountain Laurel, wild Azaleas and Rhododendron in bloom.) Continue on County Rd. 89 to Cloudmont Ski & Golf Resort and Shady Grove Dude Ranch. (Ski Season from mid-December to mid-March. Golf & horseback riding year-round.), staying straight on County Rd. 89 where it becomes County Rd. 165. As soon as the road becomes CR 165, stop for a look at the Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel. Return to County Rd. 89 to go South to DeSoto State Park. Here enjoy nature hikes, boardwalk trails and pristine brooks and waterfalls. Continue 89 South to Alabama Hwy. 35, turning left for the Little River Canyon National Preserve. Take Alabama 176 to the right for a scenic drive along the rim of the canyon. Follow Hwy 176 towards Lickskillet and Dogtown for Orbix Hot Glass and Akins Furniture Store.  Take County Rd. 81 - Collbran Gap Road - in front of Akins, to the foot of Lookout Mountain, enjoying the scenic view of the valley. Turn to the right on US Hwy. 11 for Fort Payne. Be sure to check local listings for area festivals before calling it a day.  

Note - Readers Digest named the Lookout Mountain Parkway as one of America’s Scenic Drives. Southern Living named the Parkway an Autumn destination.

Historic Markers and History Driving Tour

  • Begin your tour at the DeKalb Tourism office on Highway 35 in south Fort Payne.  Read Trail of Tears Marker depicting the John Benge Route. Travel south on Highway 35 into downtown Fort Payne. You will begin on 4th Street South. This is the marker where the stone chimney and associated ruins that remain of the 1838 log stockade.  You will then travel to 5th Street North.  There you can walk through City Park reading markers about DeKalb County’s Cherokee Indian history and see a statue of a Civil War Soldier.  You can also see markers at the adjacent Depot Museum and Opera House.  Cross the railroad tracks to Godfrey and travel south to 3rd Street where you will find historic markers telling of the forced removal of the Indians on the Trail of Tears. Travel north on Godfrey Avenue to 38th Street where you will find the Willstown Mission Cemetery Indian burial grounds.  Depart on 38th Street to Gault Avenue (Old Valley Head Road) and turn right for Valley Head. Drive by the Winston Place B & B, circa 1831, in Valley Head for a historic marker of “Site of Old Council Tree”.  The house is rich with history, including being taken over by Union Soldiers during the Civil War.  Depart from the house for the Valley Head Town Square to view a historic marker for “Battelle”, a deserted coal and iron ore community.  Dine at any of our fine area restaurants before calling it a night.


Little River Canyon National Preserve is beautiful year-round, but more so in Autumn!

Little River Canyon National Preserve
Dan Brothers

Scenic drive along the Lookout Mountain Parkway in Alabama

Day Lilies along the Lookout Mountain Parkway

Map of DeKalb County, Alabama

Use this map along with our suggestive travel plans and you are sure to make the most of your visit to the beautiful mountains of Northeast Alabama.

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