A day trip to Mentone, Alabama
I joined friends for a short drive to explore the area near Mentone, a town just across the Alabama border. Here are the five things I loved most:
There is much to do at the De Soto State Park but the highlight for me is the falls which are located 5.5 miles north of the park and about 3 miles from Mentone.
Entry into the falls parking area is just $4 per vehicle and the walk is short and very easy. Water drops 107 feet and is a spectacular sight. (Note that as of this writing, the picnic area at the falls will be closed for approximately one more month for dredging of the area so plan accordingly)
The state park offers access to Little River for activities such as fishing and kayaking. There are multiple trails of various difficulties and some are multi-use for hikers and mountain bikers alike. DeSoto Falls are not the only waterfalls in the park. Look for Laurel Falls, Indian Falls, Lost Falls and Azalea Cascade on Laurel Creek. There is also Lodge Falls which are viewed from the Lodge.
These falls are located in the Little River Canyon National Preserve several miles South of DeSoto State Park. The 133-foot waterfall is one of the tallest in Alabama. Little River Nature Preserve is about 7 miles from Fort Payne.
Enjoy sweeping views from Lookout Mountain at this public park which looks out over the valley. Bring lunch and use the picnic area and take a walk along the paths. The park is dog friendly, too!
Lunch or dinner at Wildflower Cafe is a must when visiting Mentone, Alabama. They feature fresh, delicious food in a mountain casual setting. Enjoy live music on the weekends and shop their country store for local made treasures.
Mentone and the surrounding parks are less than two hours from Atlanta and can make for a great day or weekend trip. If you choose to stay overnight, there are hotels, bed and breakfast inns, cabins and airbnbs to choose from.