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Official Website of Lookout Mountain Alabama

The Dekalb County Tourist Association welcomes you to Lookout Mountain Alabama


         


Suggested travels plans to Lookout Mountain 

Experience the beauty of the Fall Season in the Highlands of Alabama!

Recommended by Southern Living as an Autumn Destination!

Named in 2003 by Today Show Travel Editor Peter Greenberg as a top 5 destination for Fall Color in America!

Welcome to Lookout Mountain Alabama, where Mother Nature has set the stage for a spectacular Autumn season! Autumn mountain breezes whisper through the trees in September, inviting you to sit a spell and enjoy the change in seasons. A hint of color usually begins to appear in late September or early October and lasts well into November. Check out the current fall foliage and plan to join us for a day, or better yet, overnight! Travel our 93-mile scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway, Highway 75 on Sand Mountain and Highway 11 in the valley of these two mountain ranges for some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.

May we suggest a scenic drive??

Get lost in the mountains of Northeast Alabama. Really! Come travel some of DeKalb County's 778 square miles and you will want to lose yourself in the rugged beauty of the land. The mountains lend to the landscape of rolling hills, rural farmland, country roads, picturesque valleys, pristine waterfalls, canyons, lakes and rivers.

Let our staff help you plan a travel itinerary to the best places on Lookout Mountain and throughout DeKalb County so you can take in all the fall color. Whether you want to ride, hike, bike or take a leisurely walk through the woods, we have the perfect suggestion that will make you glad you spent time during this Autumn Season in Lookout Mountain Alabama!

Come See...Just for the Fun of It!

Events for the Fall Season

September 21 - November 2 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 - 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 7PM TILL THE SCREAMS STOP 256-996-4866

September 21 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 Fort Payne City Park.  10 a.m.  256-845-1524

September 21 13th 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  

September 21 Growing Up WILD for Preschool Children: Butterflies & Flutterbyes Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers every fourth Saturday of the month for fun nature and art programs for preschool age children. Learn about beautiful Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Damselflies and do some fun activities. Little River Canyon Center; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged. 256-782-5697    

September 21 Dragonflies & Damselflies Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, to learn more about the fascinating life-cycle of Alabama’s Dragonflies and Damselflies. Stunning photographs to see! Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground  (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)  7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free to the Public; Great for all ages! 256-997-5025

September 22 DeSoto State Park Campfire Talks: The Legend of Granny Dollar Granny Dollar is one of the most colorful characters and rugged individualists who ever lived in the Fort Payne area. She has long captured the imagination of those who have heard of this Cherokee Indian’s century of varied experiences. DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center) 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  256-997-5025

September 23 - 28 The 56th Annual DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair Rides on the midway, great food, live entertainment, livestock exhibits, agricultural displays, awards, and so much more. Held at the VFW Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m. 256-845-4752

September 27 & 28 Collinsville Annual Quilt Walk Stroll through the beautiful historic Victorian homes of downtown Collinsville and view some of the most wonderfully handcrafted quilts you have ever seen. Hours are Friday Noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 256-524-2323

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October 3 The 8th Annual Fore the Kids Tournament The Children's  Advocacy Center will host this annual event.  It will be a 4 man best ball held at Terrapin Hills Golf and Country Club with a 12 noon shotgun start.  Lunch will be served at 11 a.m.   All proceeds will go to the Children's  Advocacy Center.  For more information or if you are interested in participating in the tournament, call 256-997-9700

October 5 & 6 Tigers For Tomorrow "Big Cat Pumpkin Toss" As part of our animal husbandry and enrichment program at Untamed Mountain home of Tigers for Tomorrow we like to get our visitors involved in our predator enrichment program. An important part of enrichment is PLAY. For the next 2 weekends in October Tigers For Tomorrow will have a big cat pumpkin toss.  Visitors that want to help support the preserve can donate medium and large pumpkins for the animal of their choice. Pumpkins will need to be donated at the admissions window by 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Keepers will present the animals with their pumpkins around 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 256-524-4150

October 10 - 13 The Courage Worship Event This is going to be a worship event like never before.  The Courage mission is to heal the broken hearted, to remmber the forgotten, to bring hope to the hopeless and courage to the weak.  Courage Worship event is designed to create this enviroment for a constant 72 hours. Some of the performers will be Shane and Shane, Big Daddy Weave, Unspoken Bread of Stone and many more.  During the day there will be optional community service groups going out at each hour all day and worship will continue theought the day and night.  Its a chance to serve the people of DeKalb County who are in need.  Hope you can join us. 256-706-2319

October 12 Little River Canyon Half Marathon The Little River Canyon Center will host its second annual “Little River Canyon Half Marathon.” Possibly one of the most scenic half marathons in the country, the certified course loops 13.1 miles on paved roads, starting and ending at the Little River Canyon Center. Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama 8 a.m.  $50 fee; pre-registration required. For info, see http://www.jsu.edu/epic/canyoncenter/littleriver-canyon-half-marathon.html  256-845-9605

October 12 Blacksmithing Demo Join Walter Howell, one of the most talented blacksmith artists in the Southeast, at the Little River Canyon Center for a live demo of the art of forging and blacksmithing.  Walter's artwork will also be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little River Canyon Center Free & Open to everyone. 256-782-5697

October 12 & 13 Tigers For Tomorrow "Big Cat Pumpkin Toss" As part of our animal husbandry and enrichment program at Untamed Mountain home of Tigers for Tomorrow we like to get our visitors involved in our predator enrichment program. An important part of enrichment is PLAY. For the next 2 weekends in October Tigers For Tomorrow will have a big cat pumpkin toss.  Visitors that want to help support the preserve can donate medium and large pumpkins for the animal of their choice. Pumpkins will need to be donated at the admissions window by 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Keepers will present the animals with their pumpkins around 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 256-524-4150

October 19 - 20 ColorFest This year's Colorfest is going for a WOW factor! Colorfest kicks off Friday night at 5pm with a Fish Fry hosted by One World Adventure Company and live music by The Gypsy Begonias at Mentone Square. Saturday morning, the gates open at 9am to a beautiful display of arts and crafts in Mentone Brow Park with breathtaking autumn views in the background. You will not want to miss the good old fashioned pig roast at the Mentone Square followed by a little local bluegrass on Saturday night. Swing by Mason Park to admire Scarecrow Holler and vote for your favorite handmade scarecrow and be sure to visit the Children’s Farm Fair across the street from Mason Park where pony rides, crafts for the kids, pumpkin painting and much more will keep you entertained. Rise early Sunday morning for the Color Craze 5K Run at 8am before heading back to the festival when gates open at 11am. 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 owned 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!  www.mentonecolorfest@gmail.com  

October 19 & 20 Tigers For Tomorrow "Big Cat Pumpkin Toss" As part of our animal husbandry and enrichment program at Untamed Mountain home of Tigers for Tomorrow we like to get our visitors involved in our predator enrichment program. An important part of enrichment is PLAY. For the next 2 weekends in October Tigers For Tomorrow will have a big cat pumpkin toss.  Visitors that want to help support the preserve can donate medium and large pumpkins for the animal of their choice. Pumpkins will need to be donated at the admissions window by 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Keepers will present the animals with their pumpkins around 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 256-524-4150    

October 20 Third Saturday Sunset Event This Third Saturday is an afternoon of family fun in downtown Fort Payne. This public event will include food, live music, a car show, and activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 256-996-3857

October 25 - 26 Spookapalooza! At DeSoto State Park Fun for the entire family…snacks, treats, costumes, and excellent slap-yourknee-&-shiver storytelling! Join us here at DeSoto State Park for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Movies, treats, games, storytelling & more are in store during this popular annual event. Grab your favorite costume, bring the family, & come stay with us! All events are free to the public & great for all ages! 256-997-5025

October 27 Storytellin’ Campfire Talk: Spooks in the Valley Fun farm-raised folklore from JSU Field Schools’ Renee Morrison and her aunt Jenny Whitman. DRESS WARMLY! DeSoto State Park Large CCC Pavilion (across the road from Nature Center) 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free and fun for all ages. 256-997-5025

October 26 Growing Up WILD for Preschool Children: Mask Making Join Canyon Center staff and volunteers every fourth Saturday of the month for fun nature and art programs for preschool age children. Little River Canyon Center; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  No fee; some programs may have limited space so pre-registration is encouraged. 256-782-5697

October 26 Blacksmithing Demo Join Walter Howell, one of the most talented blacksmith artists in the Southeast, at the Little River Canyon Center for a live demo of the art of forging and blacksmithing.  Walter's artwork will also be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little River Canyon Center Free & Open to everyone. 256-782-5697

October 26 Storytellin’ Campfire Talk: Ghosts on the Mountain Spooky stories guaranteed to put shivers up your spine! Learn about Alabama’s finest spooks, legends and folklore from JSU Field Schools’ Renee Morrison and Jenny Walker Whitman. DRESS WARMLY! DeSoto State Park Large CCC Pavilion 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free. 256-997-5025  

October 26 & 27 Tigers For Tomorrow "Big Cat Pumpkin Toss" As part of our animal husbandry and enrichment program at Untamed Mountain home of Tigers for Tomorrow we like to get our visitors involved in our predator enrichment program. An important part of enrichment is PLAY. For the next 2 weekends in October Tigers For Tomorrow will have a big cat pumpkin toss.  Visitors that want to help support the preserve can donate medium and large pumpkins for the animal of their choice. Pumpkins will need to be donated at the admissions window by 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Keepers will present the animals with their pumpkins around 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. 256-524-4150

                                                                              November

November 1 – 2 Photography Workshop Join Fine Art Photographer John Dersham for a two day seminar on how to improve your photography by learning tried and true compositional rules. Little River Canyon Center,  Friday Seminar 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. & Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20 per person; pre-registration required. 256-782-5697  

November 2 Canyon Fest: A Celebration of Arts and Nature Enjoy live music, nature & arts activities, arts demonstrations & sales, great food, vendors, children’s activities & fun at this festival designed to celebrate our natural world and to benefit the children of our community.  Little River Canyon Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No Fee but Donations welcome. 256-782-5697

November 2 Blacksmithing Demo Join Walter Howell, one of the most talented blacksmith artists in the Southeast, at the Little River Canyon Center for a live demo of the art of forging and blacksmithing.  Walter's artwork will also be available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little River Canyon Center Free & Open to everyone. 256-782-5697

November 2 Storytime at the Canyon Center Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature in the Canyon Center Gift Shop every first Saturday of the month. Little River Canyon Center Gift Shop. 11 a.m. to Noon Free and open to the public. 256-782-5697  

November 15 – 17 & 22 -24 “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in classic adventure story that is fun for all ages! Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.  Call 256-638-4418 for more information.

 

       

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