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Suggested travels plans to Lookout Mountain 

2014 Calendar of Events for DeKalb County Alabama

Every Weekend beginning in May through the Autumn months - Nature Programs & Guided Hikes at DeSoto State Park - Frogs, creepy crawlers, mountain life, Trail of Tears, flower and bird watching, are just a sampling of what you will learn by state park naturalists and Jacksonville State University Field School staff. Printed brochures of all programs are available by calling 256-782-5697.  Programs are held every Friday and Saturday night at the DeSoto State Park Pavilion and begin at 8 p.m. In the event of rain, programs are moved to the Nature Center. 256-845-0051

True Adventure Sports - Call to plan your adventure today at DeSoto State Park, the Little River Canyon National Preserve and other Lookout Mountain locations.  Outdoor gear, rock climbing, rappelling, wild cave tours, camping, kayaks, clothing and shoes.  Guided trips. Lessons available and team building. Snacks available.  Now renting scooters! Weather info & Tourist info. Email 256-997-9577

Every Saturday Collinsville Trade Day Come to historic town of Collinsville and experience the largest outdoor markets in the south.  We have more than you could possibly see on a Saturday, so plan to come back again and again.  When you get here you will find all kinds of 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 halfway between Gadsden and Fort Payne, Alabama.  We are located 3 miles from I-59.

Every Saturday & Sunday I-59 Flea Market in Valley Head. Featured on Turner South's JUNKIN', this indoor/outdoor event takes place each Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individual booths Located at Exit 231 off of I-59. 256-635-6899

Third Saturday Sunset Event Every Third Saturday of the month from May to October you can come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun activities in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-996-3857

Open 5 days a week...Alabama Fan Club & Museum in Fort Payne DeKalb County is home of the Country Music Group of the Century, Alabama.  This museum houses the group's many awards and achievements, along with collections from their youth.  Don't forget to purchase Alabama memorabilia at the souvenir/gift shop.  Located at 101 Glenn Blvd. SW in Fort Payne. Call for information at 256-845-1646.

Open Wed., Thurs., & Fri...Fort Payne Depot Museum 5th and Gault Ave. across from Fort Payne City Park. Railroad memorabilia, Dioramas handcrafted back in 1913, Indian artifacts, local history and more! Publications of our local Landmarks Historical Society are available for purchase.  (256) 845-5714.

Year Round...Shady Grove Dude Ranch Horseback Riding and Saddle Rock Golf Course. Alabama's ONLY Dude Ranch is located in Mentone on Lookout Mountain, just off County Rd. 165. 256-634-4344.

December 15... Ski Season Opens Weather Permitting.  Cloudmont Ski Resort.  Call for information 256-634-4344.

Mid-June to Mid-September Weather permitting...DeKalb County Farmers Market every Tuesday & Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the VFW Fairgrounds. 18th Street North, Fort Payne. Call the DeKalb County  Cooperative Extension for more information at 256-845-8595.

Every fourth Saturday from January to October Little River Canyon Center River Rhythms Nature & Art Family Fun Program Join Jacksonville State University’s Canyon Center staff, partners and volunteers  of the month for fun nature programs including hikes, crafts, games, nature talks, activities and more.  There is a different program each month. 1 pm - 3 pm; No Fee, For more information, please call Renee Morrison at 256-782-5697.

Registration is going on now for One World Adventure's Summer Day Camps! This is a great way for children to stay active during the summer while learning about the great outdoors. Our camps are perfect for ages 2-13! We even have activities each Friday night for teens. Locations are convenient for most everyone in the Fort Payne, Valley Head, Mentone, and Lookout Mountain areas. Spaces are limited so Call 256-634-8370 with questions or visit our website for dates and pricing info. 

September - November Down on the Farm  Make memories with your family that will last a lifetime. You'll experience hours of enjoyment including a relaxing tractor pulled hayride to the 30 acre pumpkin patch.  Get lost in our 6 acre corn maze.  Enjoy petting and feeding our animals.  Pack a picnic lunch or order from our snack bar.  We look forward to seeing you.  Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 256-638-6200 or 256-899-6227

October - November Moose Lodge Haunted Barn The Haunted Barn is a two level complex filled with excitement and cold chills as you make your way through the maze of terror and blasted by the hard rock theme music that permeates the walls of the barn.  All proceeds go to the Children's Advocacy Center and help with the Christmas for Kids. EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT FROM 7:30PM TILL THE SCREAMS STOP 256-996-4866

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July 1 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. We will climb on some of the best boulders atop Lookout Mountain. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 2 Poisonous Plants of Alabama Class This class is a brief overview of many poisonous plants in Alabama. There are many types of poisonous plants, learn how to spot them and what to do if you are affected by them. Also learn the vital role they play in our wilderness. Meet at True Adventure Sports Training Center. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 3 Independence Day Celebration in Fort Payne The City of Fort Payne invites you to a wonderful celebration with free hot dogs, soft drinks, American flags, live entertainment, and a fantastic fireworks display. Event takes place at the Fort Payne Sports Complex. Main gates will open at 5pm. Official Welcome will begin at 7pm and Live Entertainment provided by Weston Burt is scheduled for 7:15. Fireworks will begin at dusk or around 8:45pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Additional parking is available in the Heil parking lot for $2 or 2 canned goods. Rainout date is July 5. 256-845-1524

July 3 Summers Eve Sunset Tour Tigers For Tomorrow will be offering for the first time Sunset tours. Tours will educate visitors on the animal preserve, as well as their instincts and behaviors.  Photos will be permitted on these tours. No reservations needed. Admission for this is $10 for children and $20 for adults. 5:30 p.m. 256-524-4150

July 4 31st Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival Sand Mountain is well known for its rich diversity of agricultural products, including potatoes. Celebrate our heritage with live music, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. and culminates with a beautiful fireworks display. 256-657-6282  

July 4 Splish & Splash Pool Party Join the fun at our 2nd Annual Splish & Splash Pool Party at DeSoto State Park! Cool off in our Olympic-size pool, play pool games, watch a movie in the great outdoors, enter for door prizes, & eat home-made ice cream! $1 per person.  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 256-997-5025

July 5 DeSoto State Park Independence Day Celebration DeSoto State Park offers its annual star-spangled celebration with a parade, homemade ice cream social, and a flag making contest. Make your own homemade flag to be judged in this fun contest. All ages are welcome to participate! Materials & flag-making rules will be available at the campground pavilion in DeSoto State Park's Improved Campground starting Wednesday, July 2nd. Flags MUST be turned in no later than 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 5th. The parade begins at DeSoto’s Lodge and makes it way to DeSoto’s Campground, just in time for the Homemade Ice Cream Social in the Campground Pavilion. Guests are welcome to bring their own favorite recipe for homemade ice cream to share while enjoying summer’s favorite treat. 3 p.m. is parade and 4 p.m. is ice cream social. 256-997-5025

July 5 – 6 Bush Craft Weekend with One World Adventure Bring old school camping back to the 21st century learning outdoor skills and enjoying nature with your family. During this bush craft weekend learn projects you can do with your family while camping. Saturday 9 a.m. to Sunday 3 p.m. 256-634-8370

July 5 Sculpt Your Own Flower Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass?  It’s all about hands on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. There is a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 in each class.  9 a.m. and 10 a.m.  Reservations are required. 256-523-3188

July 5 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 5 Storytime at the Canyon Center: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase. Little River Canyon Center. 11 a.m. to Noon. Free and open to everyone.  256-782-5697  

July 5 Night Zip Line All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.  Enjoy the thrill of the zip line at night.  Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 7 – 8 Tadpole Adventure Club for Tikes The Tadpole Adventure Club is an introduction to a camp setting with creative play, arts and crafts. Perfect for kids ages 2-4. DeSoto State Park $55 per 2 day session or ($75.00 with lunch option). Pre-registration required. Must sign up at least 2 hours ahead of time. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-634-8370

July 7 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 8 - 10 High Adventure Trip This is a 3 day adventure including a Wild Cave Tour, Rock Climbing, An Extreme Night Hike and end with a relaxing canoe trip.  Price includes all activities, attractions, permits, fees, gear, and guides.  256-997-9577

July 8 Zip Line & Sky Swing Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before adventure.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

July 11- 13 & 18-20 “The 39 Steps” Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The 39 Steps”.  Call 256-638-4418 for more information.  

July 11 One World Adventure After Dark Teen Adventure Teen’s ages 13-16 can sign up for group activities including kayaking, bouldering and hiking. Desoto after dark scene gives teenage guests a chance to meet new friends during glow-in-the-dark recreational activities and movie showings. $35 per person Minimum: 4 Maximum: 20 Sessions: Each Friday, July 11-25, August 1 & 8  DeSoto State Park 6 p.m. to 9:30p.m. 256-634-8370

July 11 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 11 Campfire Talk: Weather Wonders Join us for a fun campfire talk located in the Great Outdoors! Meteorologist Tim Troutman with the National Weather Service will be providing a severe weather safety presentation that will highlight all of the weather hazards that affect residents in north Alabama. Some of the topics that Tim will discuss will include: Severe storms, tornadoes, flash flooding, lightning safety, winter weather and weather safety. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! Call 256-997-5025

July 12 Blow Your Own Ornament This had become very popular here at Orbix Hot Glass.  Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of our glass artists.  No reservations are needed, it is on a first come, first serve basis.   For this we welcome people of all ages (at least 5 years old). 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Cost is $35 per ornament blown 256-523-3188 

July 12 The Handmade Stand for Kids There is plenty of time for your crafty kids to make some things to sell at Alice Circle. This event is also open to youth fundraising.... such as mission trips, youth retreats...ect. Just contact us for more information or if you want to set up and sell! 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  256-996-1181

July 12 - 13 Blacksmith Forging Demonstration with Walter Howell Locally & nationally known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase.  DeSoto State Park Country Store 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free & open to everyone. 256-997-5025  

July 12 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 12 American Indian Games, Tools and Weapons National Park Ranger Larry Beane will present “American Indian Games, Tools and Weapons” at the Little River Canyon Center. This one hour program will feature how early people made and used their tools and weapons.  Beane will demonstrate flint knapping, the skill of making arrowheads.  Learn how stones were used for grinding seeds and cracking nuts.  Watch how fast a bow drill creates a fire.  10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  256-845-9605

July 12 Native American Tools & Weapons Join National Park Service archaeologist Larry Beane for a demonstration of how Native Americans utilized natural resources to hunt and gather food, to make weapons, to start fires, and more!  Little Free & open to everyone; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-845-8548

July 12 Twine & Wine-Finger Weaving Workshop Fingerweaving is a Native American art form used mostly to create belts,sashes, straps, and other similar items through a non-loom weaving process. Some patterns and color combinations were originally restricted to certain societies or clans, while others were available for general use by all. Belts, sashes, leg bands, capes, gun straps, even dresses, shirts, and pants were created by the sometimes intricate patterns and methods. Often beads or feathers were interwoven into the patterns of the articles.  Learn the basics of this old craft with a long history with instructor Keena Graham. She will demonstrate and teach the 3 styles of finger weaving: the "four" method, cardboard loom weaving, and the "three columns" method. Students will be asked to work on a project using one of the methods. The one who makes the most progress will receive a finger woven item made by Keena. All materials will be furnished.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. DeSoto State Park's Lodge $10 supply fee per person. Workshop is limited to 12, so pre-registration is required. 256-997-5025

July 12 Native American Pottery Workshop Join expert potter, Tammy Beane, to learn how pottery was made on Lookout Mountain thousands of years ago. We’ll provide the clay as well as bone needles and paddles to make designs on your pots. Little River Canyon Center. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  $5 per person. 256-782-5697  

July 12 Finger Weaving Demonstration Local crafter Keena Graham will demonstrate this interesting art form of making belts, bracelets, purses, and more. Fingerweaving is a Native American art form used mostly to create belts, sashes, straps, and other similar items through a non-loom weaving process. Some patterns and color combinations were originally restricted to certain societies or clans, while others were available for general use by all. Belts, sashes, leg bands, capes, gun straps, even dresses, shirts, and pants were created by the sometimes intricate patterns and methods. Often beads or feathers were interwoven into the patterns of the articles. DeSoto State Park Country Store, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-5025

July 12 T.G. Shepard At The Pickin Post Come enjoy a night of great singing. The Pickin Post has moved to it's new location in Fort Payne next to Gary’s TV & Appliance Warehouse on Hwy 11. Tickets are available now at Blacks Tire in Rainsville, Rogers Music and Pawn in Fort Payne. $25 each. Show starts at 6 p.m. 256-996-8910   

July 12 Summer Social At Sweet Seasons Farm Come out and enjoy a night of food, entertainment, sheep dog demonstration and much more. Proceeds for the event will go to the Cystic Fybrosis Foundation. Tickets are $10 each in advanced or $15 each day of the event. 256-635-6791

July 13 YES, I CAN! Canning Fruits & Vegetables Workshop Learn all about home canning. This is a “hands on” workshop and at the end of the day you will leave wi th two jars of finished product, recipes, confidence and knowledge of how to can at home. We will be canning blueberry jam, peach slices, bread and butter pickles and tomatoes. Instructor is Mary Alice Stout, who has canned and taught canning for over 50 years! You may recall Mary Alice from Mama’s Craft and Rock Shop in Cloudland, GA. Bring a paring knife and a brown bag lunch. Workshop is limited to 10 participants so pre-registration is required.. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park  $20 per person.  256-997-5025  

July 15 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 16 GPS Basic Training and Navigation Class Part 1 Learn how to use a map, compass, and a handheld GPS. Learn basic navigation and how to pinpoint a location for quick return, or quick rescue. Also learn how to search by waypoints or coordinates. True Adventure Sports 10am-4pm. 256-997-9577

July 16 GPS Basics Training and Navigation Class Part 2 You will learn to find a beacon placed in the woods as a SAR attempt while knowing your position, and the position of your teammates. True Adventure Sports 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  256-997-9577  

July 17 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  True Adventure Sports 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 18 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 18 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talk: A Special Space in Time A wondrous diversity of life testifies to our state’s unique place in the world, the solar system, the universe, and to our special place in time.  Come along for a hands-on, fossil-filled journey across the eons with Randy Mecredy, Director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, and Roger Reid, writer/producer for the Discovering Alabama public television series and author of the young adult novel TIME. Bring along the kids to see some fossils!  DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring 7 p.m. 256-997-5025

July 19 – 20 One World Backpacking Series: Food Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company Nothing says a good time on the trail like a good meal on the trail. We’ll be talking about food; we’ll have a small class before we hit the trail about idea as to how to make some good backpacking food that will impress. Then we’ll hit the trail and learn how to make some cool tripods and cooking stands. Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Desoto State Park $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call 256-634–8370

July 19 Humane Society 3rd Annual Pet Parade And Silent Auction Come and show off your pet in  the HS/AR DeKalb Pet Parade. This has become an annual event of the Julyfest weekend. Held in the town park of Mentone.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. & the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. On Sunday the Silent Auction along with a pet adoption center and pet photography center. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-997-9180

July 19 - 20 Julyfest in Mentone The Mentone Area Arts Council is pleased to host the 2014 Julyfest. The two-day event will have the prestigious juried arts and crafts show featuring the works of about 50 talented artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photography, sculptures, wood art, rustic furniture, pottery, iron work, basketry, fiber and wearable art, and jewelry. The juried show will be held under the trees in Mason Park where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll as they shop for one-of-a-kind art.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  256-634-4836  

July 19 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 19 Glen Alan Burke Book Signing Glen Alan Burke will be signing her books at The Book Shelf downtown Fort Payne. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 256-844-8663

July 19 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talk-Alabama's Place in Space  A wondrous diversity of life testifies to our state’s unique place in the world, the solar system, the universe, and to our special place in time.  Come along for a hands-on, meteorite-filled journey across the eons with Randy Mecredy, Director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, and Roger Reid, writer/producer for the Discovering Alabama public television series and author of the young adult novel TIME. Bring along the kids to see some meteorites! DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring, 7 p.m. 256-997-5025

July 19 RTI Movie in the Park Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic for an evening with your family under the stars while watching the movie. Free admission to all and Free popcorn to the first 500 people. Rainsville City Park.  7:30 p.m. 256-638-7800  

July 21 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 22 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

July 23 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 24 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 24 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 25 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 25 – 27 Arrowhead Making Knap In A large gathering of people making stone tools is called a knap in.  Using both modern and prehistoric techniques, artists will craft stone tools. Registration is required to set up to make tools, but the public is invited to see the modern artwork in stone. Little River Canyon Center. 256-845-9605

July 25 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 25 Campfire Talk: Salamanders of Alabama Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Hidden among the nooks and crannies of the outdoors is a treasure trove of interesting creatures, and salamanders are one of them. There are over 40 of these secretive creatures in Alabama. Join Jacksonville State University’s Dr. George Cline and learn what species we have here in Alabama and how to identify them. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) Fee: Free & open to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

July 26 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 26 Stick Sun Compass + Ottoman Sun Compass Class Join Robert Wilson for a how to on how to set up a stick sun compass as well as an Ottoman sun compass that are easy ways to find North when in a survival situation. 10 a.m. to Noon DeSoto State Park Picnic Area  $5 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited to 10.  256-997-5025  

July 26 How to Build a Pocket Alcohol Stove Join Robert Wilson to learn how to build an ultralight portable stove from an altoid can. These simple designs are also called hobo stoves, and are useful for outdoor use. This class will be a make & take, and there will be a demo of one in use at the end of the class. All supplies will be provided. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Nature Center (next to the Country Store) $10.00 supply fee. Pre-registration is required, class limit is 20. 256-997-5025

July 26 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

July 26 Campfire Talk: Voices of the Night, Frog Calls of Alabama Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Experience “love” from a frog’s point of view! Join the one-and-only, “Dr. Frog” George Cline from Jacksonville State University for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the amphibian voices of the season. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. DeSoto State Park's Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) Fee: Free & open to the Public & Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

July 27 Basic Tracking Class Join Robert Wilson for a basic class on how to look for ground tracks as well as learn some simple tracking techniques.  DeSoto State Park Lodge. 10 a.m. to Noon Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12. 256-997-5025  

July 27 Sign Post Tracking Class Sign post tracking is a way to prep an area to lure animals in to collect or see their foot prints. Join Robert Wilson on a short hike to see some examples of these areas and to identify any animal tracks along the way. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. DeSoto State Park Lodge Free & open to everyone; but Pre-registration is required as class is limited to 12. 256-997-5025

August  

August 1 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 1 Campfire Talk: Canyon Constellations Join us for fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Learn all about the summer night sky with Jacksonville State University's Astronomer Dr. Laura Weinkauf. DeSoto State Park CCC Pavilion in picnic area (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025 

August 2 – 3 Northeast Alabama Hunting & Outdoor Expo Enjoy product demos, seminars, Q & A, door prizes, and celebrity appearances by Bill Dance, Dr. Lou, Rex Holmes, as well as many others. Booth spaces are now available but are going quickly. Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center. 256-605-1801

August 2 Storytime at the Canyon Center: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase. Little River Canyon Center. 11 a.m. to Noon. Free and open to everyone.  256-782-5697  

August 2 Campfire Talk: Stars, Moons and Planets Join us for fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Learn more about the stars, the plants and their moons with Jacksonville State University’s Astronomer Dr. Laura Weinkauf. DeSoto State Park's CCC Pavilion (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

August 5 Celestial Navigation This two-hour class is a basic introduction to navigation by the stars. Learn how to navigate without the use of a compass or GPS with the same rules used for almost six thousand years. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 6 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 7 First Day of School for DeKalb County and Fort Payne City Schools

August 7 - 10  28th Annual World’s Longest Yard Sale Travel the scenic byways of America for more than 450-miles of yard sales and unique treasure finds. Follow the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, TN for the southern portion of the sale. Connect with the U.S. Highway 127 in Chattanooga for the remainder of the route to Hudson, MI. 888-805-4740

 August 8 Zip Line & Sky Swing Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before adventure. 256-997-9577

August 8 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 9 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 9 Night Sky Swing Adventure This is an adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy the thrill of the swing at night. Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure.  Meet at True Adventure Sports  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

 August 11 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 12 Knot Class & Application Introduction and instruction to essential knots and their application for camping, rappelling, rock climbing, outdoor survival, and other applications.  1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 12 Orienteering Class Basic yet essential skills for survival navigation are brought to you in map reading, compass reading, and topography.  Bring your own compass or you may purchase one at our store.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 13 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 14 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 15 Night Zip Line All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.  Enjoy the thrill of the zip line at night.  Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

 August 16 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 16 – 17 One World Backpacking Series: Cooking on the Fire Continuing our food series, you will get a chance to try out some backpacking food and learn about cooking fires. You will get the chance be make bread and some yummy food.  Ages: Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food). Group max: 6 Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call 256-634-8370

August 16 4th Annual Youth Day in the Park Enjoy free hot dogs, soft drinks, inflatables, dunking booth and much more.  First 500 kids get free event t-shirt.  Free admission.  Rainsville City Park 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 256-638-7800

August 16 – 28 Georgia Wade Art Exhibit at Kamama Gallery Wild Georgia Wade featured artist at Kamama Gallery.  Welcoming back Mentone’s own upscale undaunted and unfurled outsider artist.  Experience colorful, fanciful collage, assemblage of acrylic mixed media creations by this well known and lovable southern personage. Gallery hours are Thursday – Monday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 256-634-3001

August 18 Zip Line Adventure All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.   Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 18 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 19 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 20 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

August 21 Rock Climbing Adventure Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.   10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  256-997-9577

August 22 Bouldering Adventure – Atop Lookout Mountain Come experience first-hand what bouldering is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction. We will climb on some of the best boulders atop Lookout Mountain. No prior climbing or bouldering experience is needed.  Meet at True Adventure Sports. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 22 Meet the Author Romey Atchley Auther Romey Atchley will be at the Moonlake library for the “Meet the Author” series, where she will read excerpts from her book to the students. August 22 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

 August 22 Comedian James Gregory at DeKalb Theatre Well known comedian James Gregory will be performing at the DeKalb Theatre in downtown Fort Payne. Show begins at 7 p.m. For tickets you can go to DeKalb Theatre or call 256-997-0396 or 256-996-1635

August 23 10th Annual Fyffe UFO Day The town’s annual UFO Day festival attracts interesting people from all over the country and as far away as Canada.  The unique event continues to grow each year.  In this case however it is an Unforgettable Family Outing (UFO) for both young and old alike.  The festival capitalizes on the town’s famous history associated with when Unidentified Flying Objects were sighted over the town by numerous citizens in the area.  Beautiful Giant Hot Air Balloons are the center-piece of the adventure that features hour long rides across the Sand Mountain area in lighter-than-air aircraft.  They make a truly spectacular sight especially when all fifteen to twenty of them are floating across the early morning and late afternoon skyline.  Arts and crafts, children’s games, antique tractors, dance and much more make this event fun for the whole family. Vendors and great entertainment comprised of talented local musicians and special guests, along with some of the best vittles and such that this part of the state has to offer make the Fyffe UFO Day a great weekend destination. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at this event, please contact Fyffe City Hall at 256-623-2222 or visit their website for an application.

 August 23 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

 August 23 Romey Atchley Book Signing Romey Atchley will be signing her books at Kamama’s in Mentone. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 256-634-3001

August 23 Extreme Night Hike This end-of-day adventure does not slow down just because it's dark.  Intended for a large group team-building exercise, this hike has a bit of bouldering, some scrambling, some spelunking, and a whole lot of required working together.  Headlamp and enthusiastic guide included. Meet at True Adventure Sports. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 25 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 26 Afternoon Rock Climb Come experience first-hand what rock climbing is all about in the afternoon with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed. TAS   2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 27 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 27 Night Zip Line All our zip lines are set up just before the adventure to ford a gorge or cross from one high point to another.  Enjoy the thrill of the zip line at night.  Pre-registration required at True Adventure Sports by 6 pm the day before the adventure. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 28 Treasure Hunt Adventure Do you enjoy trying to solve riddles and clues?  This 5-hour adventure will take you deep into the heart of Manitou Cave.  You will have to solve and follow each clue in order to find the next one, and ultimately the Treasure!  TAS 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 28 Wild Cave Tour Go beyond where the average tourist explores!  This 2.5 hour adventure is for those of you ready to explore on your knees, on your belly, in the mud and through tight tunnels.  Explore in one of NE Alabama's most unique all-weather caves, Manitou Cave, in the heart of Fort Payne.  Adventure includes helmet, cave lamps plus a fun informative guide.  Meet at True Adventure Sports.  5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 29 Rock Climbing / Rappelling Adventure Combo Nestled in the NE corner of Alabama are some of the best and unique sandstone cliffs in the country.  Come experience first-hand what rock climbing and rappelling is all about with guides who are fun, safe and energetic. This trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  No prior climbing experience is needed.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

August 30 Rappelling Adventure Come experience the thrill of rappelling down the sheer sandstone gems of NE Alabama.  No previous experience necessary.  Each trip includes all the gear plus basic instruction.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 256-997-9577

                                                                            September  

September 1 Ider Mule Days This annual event showcases Sand Mountain’s rich agricultural heritage. Enjoy a parade of mules, horses, carriages, antique tractors and more. A horse pull, mule pull, antique tractors and cars, arts and crafts, food, children’s games, and so much more make this day one you won’t want to miss. Event takes place in the town of Ider and begins at 9:30 a.m.  256-657-4184  

September 20 Boom Days Heritage Celebration This annual art and musical event displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area.  Many events will take place the week prior to the celebration on Saturday. The Boom Days Heritage Celebration will feature many of these facets in the presentation of musical performances as well as art displays in City Park.  10 a.m.  256-845-1524  

September 20 14th Annual John Benge Commemorative Motorcycle Ride We welcome you to join us as we ride in commemoration of DeKalb County's Cherokee Indian Heritage and all Indian Nations who were forced to walk on the Infamous Trail of Tears.  The ride is strictly voluntary and you Ride at Your Own Risk. The John Benge Ride is in remembrance of those who walked this trail and brings awareness to this tragedy. 256-845-3957 or 888-805-4740  

   

October  

October 18 - 19 The 30th Annual Mentone Colorfest  Over the two day event, a steady stream of music from talented local musicians featuring the "Sounds of Mentone" can be heard in the brow park pavilion. Before leaving, be sure to browse the rest of the mountaintop town and check out locally own shops and boutiques and other unique places. When your tummy starts talkin', look for the "Taste of Mentone" signs and indulge in some of the best cuisine in the South!  Email for more information.       

November

November 6th Annual Canyon Fest: A Celebration of Arts and Nature Little River Canyon Field School and Interpretive Center want you to come and enjoy live music, nature and arts activities, arts demonstrations and sales, great food, vendors, children's activities and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 256-782-5697  

  

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