DeKalb County Alabama Fact Sheet
The Trail of Tears was a tragic era of the
1830's that brought about the forced removal of Indians from their native lands in the SE
United States. DeKalb County, Alabama was once home to the proud Cherokee Nation who were
placed on this trail against their will and sent to new homes in Oklahoma Territory......Read More
Did You Know that?
located within DeKalb County, was the Sock Capital of the World! Thats right!
Fort Payne shipped out 1,350,000 Dozen Pairs of socks each week and
67,500,000 Dozen Pairs of socks each year. It would take
124,000 acres a year to grow the
62,000,000 pounds of
cotton it took to create those socks. The Hosiery Industry was the backbone of
DeKalbs Economic Stability for over three quarters of a century. It is here that the Tube Sock
was born and is still manufactured along with infants, children's, men's & ladies
athletics and casual socks.
workmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corp is evident in
DeSoto State Park,
named one of the top 10 State Parks in America. Hand-cut stone and timber cottages,
pavilions and buildings have stood the test of time and make this mountaintop resort a
wonderful place to visit. Nestled in the woods along the west fork of Little River, this
park offers majestic waterfalls, sheer rock cliff views, hiking and biking trails,
naturalist programs and a glimpse into our past that shows how men challenged the fear of
the great depression and created a lasting monument for generations to come to enjoy.
The Worlds Longest Yard Sale in August follows our
Mountain Parkway, named by Readers Digest as one of
Most Scenic Drives. The yard sale gains popularity each year as avid shoppers enjoy
driving the scenic byway and finding bargains at the more than 4,000 yard sales that
businesses and residents along the Lookout Mountain Parkway and the US 127 Corridor
sponsor each year. Many businesses along the Lookout Mountain Parkway, such as the
104,000 square foot Akins Furniture Store, participates and invite you to stop in
and see the unique things they have to offer.
The Little River
is the only river in the world to run most of its length across the top of a mountain. The
river stretches across Lookout Mountain, forming DeSoto Falls a 104-ft
waterfall, providing boating and kayaking opportunities, and opens up to form the
Little River Canyon National Preserve. The Canyon reaches depths of 700 feet and has a
23-mile canyon rim drive that offers spectacular breathtaking views of sheer rock cliffs
and canyon rim walls.
Cherokee Indian Chief Sequoyah
perfected his Talking Leaves alphabet here in DeKalb County that incited a
whole Cherokee Nation to learn how to read and write in a matter of a few weeks.
He resided for a time in Willstown, present day Fort Payne.
present day Fort Payne, was home to the Cherokee Nation. The tragic era of the
Tears in the 1830s saw a forced removal of this and other Indian Nations from
their homelands east of the Mississippi to new lands in Oklahoma. Fort
Payne” was 1 of 5 stockades built in Alabama during this forced
removal. A cooperative effort of
DeKalb Tourism and the
Trail of Tears Corridor Association has seen markers placed along the
TOT Route with a dedication ceremony that took place
September 14, 2001
with the placement of a historic marker denoting this trail. The dedication was followed
Saturday morning, September 15, with the first annual
John Benge Commemorative
Motorcycle Ride that met a contingent of riders in a nearby county, joining the
Annual Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride. This ride began with a handful of motorcyclists
and grew to over 80,000 participating in the event. It has brought great awareness to this
tragic act, an act we hope to never see repeated to any race of people in America again.
DeKalb County is
comprised of 778 square miles with many natural scenic wonders that reach across
two mountain ranges and through a rugged valley. Sights such as
State Park, DeSoto State Park, High Falls Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve, combined with the historic and quaint communities of
Mentone, Rainsville, Fyffe and others are just a few of the reasons why you should plan
your visit today and see for yourself that DeKalb County is where your
appalachian adventure begins!
these and other interesting features about the beautiful Northeast Alabama Mountains contact
DeKalb Tourism. We would be delighted to share story ideas with you
about the events, attractions, people and places that make Lookout Mountain
Alabama a special place
we call home.
John Benge Commemorative Motorcycle Ride
(Photo by Sherry York)
Tanner Latham of
Southern Living Magazine
visits the 104,000 Square ft.
Akins Furniture Store in Dogtown
Scene from the annual Labor Day Ider Mule Days
One of many unique
DeKalb County events
Come See...Just For the Fun of It!