Let’s take a trip around the Roosters Rest area
Alabama Fan Club & Museum – It is home of Alabama, the Grammy Award-winning country music and southern rock band that originated in Fort Payne, Alabama, United States in the late ’60s by Randy Owen (lead vocals) and his cousin Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals) and later joined by Jeff Cook (guitar, fiddle, keyboards) and Mark Herndon (drums). This museum houses the group Alabama’s many awards and achievements, collections from their youth and a souvenir and gift shop.
Located at 101 Glenn Blvd. SW, Fort Payne, Alabama. 256-845-1646
Buck’s Pocket State Park – The Park is a narrow gorge cut into Sand Mountain by South Saunty creek, featuring dense woods and nice views from high bluffs. It is a 2,000 acre Recreation Park with modern and primitive campsites, picnic areas, pavilions, comfort stations, hiking trails, boating and fishing areas and beautiful mountain scenery.
Located in nearby Grove Oak, Alabama. 256-659-2000
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort – Enjoy snow skiing at America’s southernmost ski resort, featuring two 1,000 foot beginner-intermediate slopes. Great place for beginners and intermediate skiers and a wonderful place to practice those skiing skills.
County Road #614 off the Lookout Mountain Parkway, near Mentone, Alabama. 256-634-4344
Collinsville Trade Day – One of the largest outdoor markets in the south. When you arrive you’ll find antiques, collectibles, children’s toys and clothes, work clothes and boots, fishing gear, fresh fruits and vegetables, furniture, tools and whole lot more.
Collinsville is located on US Highway 11, just 20 miles south of Fort Payne, Alabama.
DeSoto State Park – Take the opportunity to enjoy nature in DeSoto State Park, accented by rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers. Nestled atop beautiful scenic Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama, this 3,502-acre park features a picnic area with playground, Olympic-size swimming pool, nature center with interpretive programs and live animals, tennis courts, and 15 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; or, enjoy the walk down the 1000 foot Azalea Cascades Boardwalk trail. Located eight miles northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama, DeSoto State Park has been voted one of America’s top 10 state parks by Camping Life Magazine.
Locate just outside Mentone, Alabama. 256-845-0051
Fort Payne Depot Museum – This beautiful 1891 pink sandstone depot, of Richardson Romanesque architectural design, was operated by the Alabama Great Southern Railroad and served as a train station until 1970. It now houses railroad memorabilia, Dioramas handcrafted in 1913, Indian artifacts, local history and more!
Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 4pm, and Sunday 2pm – 4pm.
Located at 105 5th Street North in downtown Fort Payne, Alabama. 256-845-5714.
Fort Payne City Park – This park in downtown Ft. Payne provides the perfect setting for picnics and family reunions. It boasts a wealth of history, from historic markers flanking the outskirts of the park to the century old Ginkgo trees that fill the park with a cool shade in the summer, and an amber glow of foliage in the fall.
Located in Ft. Payne on the corner of 5th and Gault Avenue North, across from the Depot Museum.
High Falls Park – Stroll across a bridge that spans a gorge overlooking beautiful Town Creek. Drift back to a time when men and women rode by horse and buggy across the gorge to the local mercantile beyond the ridge. Marvel at the majestic scenic vistas and waterfall. Plan a picnic for two, or for the whole family. High Falls Park offers pavilions, restrooms, playground and peace and tranquility.
Take Alabama Hwy. 75 to Geraldine, Alabama then follow Highway 227 to the park. 256-623-2281
Landmarks Projects, Fort Payne Opera House – This structure was built in 1889 by W.O. Rice and was known as the “handsomest opera house in the state.” Having been restored by a group called Landmarks, productions are once again brought to the stage. It is the oldest opera house in the state still in use today.
Located downtown Fort Payne, Alabama. 256-845-0720
Little River Canyon National Preserve – Tucked away in the northeast corner of Alabama near the Georgia border is Little River Canyon, an isolated oasis carved into a mountain. Enjoy beautiful vistas and waterfalls from the overlooks along the 11 mile scenic drive. This road runs along the canyon’s rim, for spectacular views into the 700 foot deep gorge. If you’re a hiker, you’ll find numerous trails from which to enjoy the beauty of this preserve. Bring lots of film, as you’ll want to capture the beauty of this area forever. Visit Little River Falls off Highway 35 in Ft. Payne, Alabama. Little River Canyon is perfect for whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and rappelling. You can bring your own equipment or contact an outfitter. Horseback riding is allowed in the preserve in designated locations with your own horse.
Located in Fort Payne, Alabama. 256-845-9605.
Miracle Pottery & Art Gallery – Nestled against the foothills of Mentone in Valley Head, Alabama, this gallery boasts a very special collection of handmade pottery and art. All pottery is made with stoneware or porcelain clay and is safe for food, dishwasher, oven and microwave. Open 7 days a week. Call ahead for demonstration tours.
Located at 7871 Highway 117, between Mentone and Valley Head, Alabama. 256-635-6863
Orbix Hot Glass, Inc. –Located atop Lookout Mountain, this glass blowing studio and gallery has decorative and functional glass, as well as glass blowing of elegant style and superior craftsmanship
Located at the edge of Little River Canyon National Preserve, Fort Payne, Alabama. 256-523-3188.
Shady Grove Dude Ranch – Add flavor to your Lookout Mountain Retreat enjoying life of a wrangler at Shady Grove Dude Ranch. Set up a schedule and pack up for a trail ride around the exotic locations.
Located in Mentone, Alabama, just off County Road 165. 256-634-4344
Tigers for Tomorrow – Take a trip to Untamed Mountain, Where Life is Wild by Nature. Untamed Mountain is home to Tigers for Tomorrow, an exotic animal park and rescue preserve — a last stop preserve where the animals live for the rest of their lives. Get up close and personal with over 70 large predators including lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, wolves, bears and more in a safe and natural setting of the carnivore compound, and grab the chance to become a Guardian angel for one of the exotic animals. Children can interact with barn yard animals at our contact yard. No cameras allowed, due to the mission of creating a safe sanctuary for these animals, though photos are available for purchase.
Located at 708 County Road 345. 256-524-4150
True Adventure Sports – A guide to some thrilling adventures of rappelling, rock climbing, zip lines, bouldering, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, camping, hiking, caving on Lookout Mountain and Fort Payne. Gear is provided, including canoes, kayaks, shoes, clothing, snacks. Guided trips, lessons and team building sessions are available. Or, rent their mopeds and enjoy a private trip around the various Lookout Mountain attractions.
Located at 13102 Alabama Hwy 176, Fort Payne. 256-997-9577