If you love the outdoors, you will love the Lookout Mountain area, abundant in natural beauty. Enjoy recreational opportunities at nearby Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort, DeSoto Falls and State Park, and Little River Canyon National Preserve. Gadsden has the perfect combination of mountain scenery, rushing waters and even a little Civil War history. If rest and relaxation are what you seek, then Mentone is the place, with a variety of cozy bed and breakfasts, rustic cabins and restaurants with the best in country cooking.
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What To See & Do
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Take in scenic canyon views at one of the state's most beautiful places.
DeSoto State Park
Dense woodlands, seasonal wildflowers and spectacular views await you at the home of DeSoto Falls and Little River Canyon.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
The Silver Lakes course is situated at the edge of the Talladega National Forest.
Noccalula Falls Park
Cascading 90 feet to the Black Creek ravine, Noccalula Falls is one of the most beautiful sights in this area.
Where To Stay
DeSoto State Park Lodge
A motel, chalets, cabins and a campground offer plenty of options for those wanting to stay in DeSoto State Park.
Mountain Laurel Inn
Located in Mentone, this quaint inn overlooks the Little River with quick access to skiing, biking, hiking and horseback riding facilities.
Noccalula Falls Park and Campground
The campground is open year-round and has 126 campsites and recreational activities.
Where To Eat & Drink
The Moonlight Bistro
In the heart of downtown Mentone, this unique bistro serves fresh seafood, delicious pastas and hand-cut beef filets.
Known for its menu of hearty home-style meals and organic and vegan options, the café also features a country store.
Mountain Laurel Inn
The breakfast served at this inn has become the talk of the town. The Decadent French Toast is a favorite of all who try it.
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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train
Birmingham serves as the state’s major air travel hub. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport offers 130 daily flights to run in 51 airports in 48 cities throughout the United States.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
The Lookout Mountain area is accessible via Interstate 59.
Amtrak offers a speedy rail service with a station in Anniston.
126 W. Fourth St.
Anniston, AL 36201
Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Gadsden. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.
503 A Meighan Blvd.
Gadsden, AL 35901