DescriptionFort Payne is associated with interesting geological formations and Native American history, the latter embodied in the nearby Cherokee town of Wills Town, established in 1779. The town of Fort Payne was established in the late 19th century around the stockade that held the Cherokees prior to their forced westward migration on the Trail of Tears.
Fort Payne's Opera House, in the center of town, was built in 1889 and is the oldest active theater in Alabama. Restored as a cultural arts center, the opera house can be toured by appointment; phone (256) 845-6888.
South of town, Little River Canyon National Preserve's 14,000 acres offer recreational opportunities to suit most any taste. Kayaking, picnicking, rock climbing, bird-watching, mountain biking, hiking, swimming and canoeing are among the outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed. The Little River, which flows atop Lookout Mountain, has created waterfalls, canyons and sandstone cliffs, all of which can be appreciated from numerous overlooks along a scenic rim drive. DeSoto State Park is within the preserve. For additional information contact the preserve's headquarters at 4322 Little River Trail N.E., Suite 100; phone (256) 845-9605.
InfoOfficeDeKalb Tourism 1503 Glenn Blvd. S.W. Fort Payne, AL 35968. Phone:(256)845-3957 or (888)805-4740