Fort Payne Journals

Dixieland Delight

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A March 2006 trip to Fort Payne by NiteOwlTX

Alabama Fan Club Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama More Photos
Quote: Fort Payne is the center of northeast Alabama and home to the legendary country bank Alabama.

Dixieland Delight

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Overview

Jackson Co. Courthouse Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama
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Fort Payne is a good center point to explore the north eastern corner of Alabama. There are not a lot of major tourist attractions in this area, but there are enough to capture a traveler's attention for a day.North eastern Alabama is beautiful country side. The views as you drive are incredible. Little River Canyon and DeSoto State Park offer a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, camping, etc. For less adventurous people, there are driving trails through the area that have similar views and overlooks. For anyone interested in outdoor activities, this is a nice place to visit.Historically, this area was home of Cherokee Indians. In Russell C...Read More

Alabama Fan Club

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Attraction

Alabama Fan Club Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama
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It's a Dixieland Delight!One of the biggest bands in music history is from here in Fort Payne, Alabama. The band Alabama has transcended country music; they are recognized by people of all music tastes throughout the United States. They have won Grammies, American Music Awards, and CMA Awards.I'm not a huge music fan, but I grew up listening to Alabama. They are one of my all time favorite artists. When I was planning my trip to this area, I planned a trip to Fort Payne before I even knew there was a museum here just because I am a big fan of the band. When I was in Florence and saw the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, it fueled my desire to see this museum with it's Alabama exhibit which i...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Alabama Fan Club
101 Glenn Blvd SW
Fort Payne, Alabama 35967
(256) 845-1646

Desoto Falls

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Attraction | "DeSoto State Park"

Desoto Falls Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama
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High atop Lookout Mountain, with views over Fort Payne and the historic Mentone, DeSoto State Park is an excellent place to get in touch with nature.As a state park, there are a lot of things to do here besides the nature trails. There is a playground with plenty of picnic tables for day visits. There is also a pool, which is open seasonally for a fee. There are also a couple of tennis courts for public use.The big attraction to this site is nature itself. There is plenty of spaces for RVs and some cabins available for rent, but the real treat here is the primitive camping. The camp sites are about a half a mile from the road and if you visit off season, you won't see anyone el...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Desoto Falls
Off Alabama Hwy. 89
Fort Payne, Alabama

Little River Canyon National Preserve

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Attraction

Little River Canyon National Preserve Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama
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In 1992, the Federal Government made Little River Canyon a national preserve. Running from Lookout Mountain to Weiss Lake, the Little River has carved into the countryside a series of canyons and gorges that are the largest of its type in the eastern United States. As you drive down the canyon's path, you will be treated to beautiful views of the other side of the canyon and gorgeous waterfalls. There are also plenty of places to stop for picnic lunches, trails for hiking and playgrounds for the kids. As a National Preserve, the canyon has become home to many endangered species that you won't find anywhere else. I recommend a trip to this attraction for anyone traveling through this ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Little River Canyon National Preserve
1200 County Road 275
Fort Payne, Alabama 35967
(256) 779-3199

Russell Cave National Monument

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Attraction

Russell Cave National Monument Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama
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Russell Cave is the only National Monument in Alabama. If you've been to some of the other attractions in this area, such as Cathedral Caverns or Sequoyah Caverns, you have seen larger caves then this one. Russell Cave is significant over these others as every time this cave was flooded, a layer of silt covered the previous artifacts. As such, this cave uniquely provides evidence of its inhabitants for almost 10,000 years.Prehistoric men lived a very savage life. They spent most of their time filling basic needs. One of these needs is a place of refuge, where they would be safe from weather and other predators in the wild.When they found the Russell Cave it must have seemed ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Russell Cave National Monument
3729 County Road 98
Bridgeport, Alabama 35740
(256) 495-2672

Sequoyah Caverns

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Attraction

Sequoyah Caverns Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama
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Sequoyah was a Cherokee Indian (in 1800) with no formal education, who developed the first Native American alphabet. Prior to Sequoyah, Indians used pictures and primitive drawings to send a message to each other. Sequoyah developed the alphabet and taught it to most of the neighboring tribes in northern Alabama. Despite the fact that he was forced to walk the Trail of Tears in 1838, he will forever be remembered as a hero and teacher to the Native Americans. In memory of Sequoyah and the Cherokee people who lived in this area for thousands of years, the Sequoyah Caverns are named. These caverns are different then most others that you will see in that they are privately owned. Russell Cave in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Sequoyah Caverns
1438 Country Road 731
Fort Payne, Alabama 35989
(256) 635-0024

Unclaimed Baggage

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Attraction

Unclaimed Baggage Photo, Fort Payne, Alabama
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Have you ever forgotten something at the airport? Have you ever gotten so excited by your destination that you left one of your package in baggage claim? For that matter, have you ever had a piece of luggage lost by the airlines that they were unable to find? Do you wonder where that stuff goes if you don't get it back?Unclaimed Baggage is a unique shopping experience. It has been featured all over television programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, the CBS Evening News, etc.This place is unusual because they buy unclaimed packages and unclaimed luggage from the airlines. As such, you can expect a good selection of clothing, cameras, and other items that a person mig...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

Unclaimed Baggage
509 West Willow Street
Fort Payne, Alabama 35768
(256) 259-1525

A Day in Fort Payne

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One day will be plenty of time to see all the attractions in this area. If you have time to spend a second day and have interest in camping and hiking, you should spend it at DeSoto State Park. You can visit on any day of the week, but if you come on Sunday, you will need to watch your schedule as Sequoyah Caverns and the Alabama Fan Club have limited hours on Sunday; Unclaimed Baggage is closed on Sunday.Begin your day in Bridgeport at the Russell Cave National Monument (free). Look through the museum and see the video before walking up to the cave. The park rangers are an excellent source of information; spend a couple of minutes talking to them. The park opens at 8am; if you spent the night...Read More

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NiteOwlTX

NiteOwlTX
LaPlace, Louisiana

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