Lookout Mountain & Little River Canyon

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If you love the outdoors, you will love the Lookout Mountain area, abundant in natural beauty. Enjoy recreational opportunities at nearby Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort, DeSoto Falls and State Park, and Little River Canyon National Preserve. Gadsden has the perfect combination of mountain scenery, rushing waters and even a little Civil War history. If rest and relaxation are what you seek, then Mentone is the place, with a variety of cozy bed and breakfasts, rustic cabins and restaurants with the best in country cooking.

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What To See & Do

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Little River Canyon National Preserve

Take in scenic canyon views at one of the state's most beautiful places.

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DeSoto State Park

Dense woodlands, seasonal wildflowers and spectacular views await you at the home of DeSoto Falls and Little River Canyon.

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail

The Silver Lakes course is situated at the edge of the Talladega National Forest.

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Noccalula Falls Park

Cascading 90 feet to the Black Creek ravine, Noccalula Falls is one of the most beautiful sights in this area.

Where To Stay

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DeSoto State Park Lodge

A motel, chalets, cabins and a campground offer plenty of options for those wanting to stay in DeSoto State Park.

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Noccalula Falls Park and Campground

The campground is open year-round and has 126 campsites and recreational activities.

Where To Eat & Drink

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Katy's Katfish

Locals and travelers alike sing the praises of the restaurant's fried catfish and chicken fingers.

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Wildflower Café

Known for its menu of hearty home-style meals and organic and vegan options, the café also features a country store.

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DeSoto State Park's Mountain Inn Restaurant

Full breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and value-priced fine dining for dinner, including seafood and steaks.

Area Map

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Area Towns

  • Attalla

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    Once the site of an Native American village considered important during the Creek War, Attalla is located in Etowah County about 10 minutes from Gadsden.

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  • Cedar Bluff

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    Cedar Bluff sits on Weiss Lake, which is known as the “Crappie Capital of the World” and is a great place to fish. The town is located in northeastern Alabama in Cherokee County.

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  • Centre

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    Located in Cherokee County with a population of more than 3,000, this city is the county seat.

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  • Collinsville

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    Alfred Collins founded this town in the mid-1800s. It has a population of about 2,000 and is located in Cherokee and DeKalb counties.

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  • Fort Payne

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    Fort Payne, the largest town along the Alabama portion of the Lookout Mountain Parkway, boasts an intriguing history

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  • Gadsden

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    Gadsden has the perfect combination of mountain scenery, rushing waters and even a little Civil War history. From golf courses to children’s museums and the lovely Noccalula Falls, there are lots of things to do and see in this beautiful city.

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  • Geraldine

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    Located in DeKalb County, Geraldine is located about 30 minutes from Lake Guntersville State Park.

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  • Grove Oak

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    Located on top of Sand Mountain, Grove Oak is in DeKalb County in northeastern Alabama.

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  • Leesburg

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    Nestled on the banks of Weiss Lake, Leesburg is a beautiful place to live or visit. Aside from fishing on Weiss Lake, there is beautiful scenery and breathtaking views at the surrounding Little River Canyon National Preserve, Cherokee Rock Village and Yellow Creek Falls.

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  • Mentone

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    Set atop beautiful Lookout Mountain, this quaint town offers a variety of cozy bed and breakfasts, rustic cabins and restaurants with the best in country cooking.

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  • Rainsville

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    Located in DeKalb County, Rainsville has a population of about 5,000. It is only about 10 miles from Fort Payne.

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  • Sylvania

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    In DeKalb County atop Sand Mountain, Sylvania is located about a mile from DeKalb County Public Lake.

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  • Valley Head

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    This town in DeKalb County has a population of fewer than 1,000. It is located about 13 miles from Fort Payne.

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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train

Birmingham serves as the state’s major air travel hub. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport offers 130 daily flights to run in 51 airports in 48 cities throughout the United States.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212

(205) 595-0533

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The Lookout Mountain area is accessible via Interstate 59.

Amtrak offers a speedy rail service with a station in Anniston.

126 W. Fourth St.
Anniston, AL 36201

(800) 872-7245

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Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Gadsden. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

503 A Meighan Blvd.
Gadsden, AL 35901

(256) 547-4959

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