Known as Alabama’s mountain town, the city of Fort Payne is a mecca for travelers who imagine immersing themselves in the humble charm of Alabama’s classic character while exploring the beauty of the Appalachian foothills.
Fort Payne is situated on the cusp of the more than 14,000-acre Little River Canyon National Preserve. One of the best views the eye can see is the 23-mile scenic drive along the west rim of Little River Canyon. With multiple lookouts, visitors can enjoy the view without leaving the comfort of their vehicles. For those who wish to get up and out on the trails, explore the breathtaking DeSoto State Park on Azalea Trail. This accessible age-friendly hike is perfect for those with limited mobility.
Dubbed the Grand Canyon of the east, Fort Payne is situated a short distance from one of the most intriguing canyon systems in the eastern United States. It is one of few places in the world which allow visitors to witness some of the deepest gorges this side of the Mississippi River. Brave outdoor enthusiasts may even consider spending their time in the canyon hiking, rappelling, rock climbing, or even kayaking.
While exploring beyond city limits is always a hoot, Fort Payne has much to offer its visitors within municipal boundaries. With a bustling downtown core, the area is a bargain hunters’ paradise with many antique shops filled with hidden treasures. In Spring, thousands flock to Fort Payne to visit Antique Alley and in the summer, Fort Payne hosts the World’s Longest Yard Sale.