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Fort Payne - is a small city in the northeast corner of Alabama with a population just under 13,000. It is the county seat and largest city in DeKalb County.



Originally Fort Payne was an important Cherokee village called Will's Town. In 1838 Captain John G. Payne selected the site to build a stockade to house Native Americans that would later be sent on the Trail of Tears. Fort Payne became the county seat of DeKalb County in 1878, and was incorporated in 1889.

Fort Payne is known for the large number of sock mills in the area, and is sometimes referred to as the Sock Capital of the World.

Fort Payne is in a valley bordered by Sand Mountain to the north and Lookout Mountain to the south. Visitor's can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the area.

Get in


By plane


Isbell Field - 2200 Terminal Road. No commercial passenger service available.

By car


I-59 - connects Fort Payne with Chattanooga, TN to the northeast and Birmingham, AL to the southwest.

Get around


The best way to get around Fort Payne is by car.




  • Desoto State Park, 7104 DeSoto Parkway NE. Located on Lookout Mountain. Great location for hiking, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors.
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve, 2141 Gault Ave N. Located just outside of town on Lookout Mountain. Great location for hiking.
  • Opera House, 510 Gault Avenue N. Historic opera house built in 1889. For tours call 256-845-6888.


  • Alabama Fan Club, 101 Glen Blvd SW. Fan club and museum dedicated to the country music band Alabama.
  • Depot Museum, 105 5th St NE. The old Fort Payne train station now serves as a museum dedicated to the history of Fort Payne.
  • Fort Payne Hosiery Museum, 514 Gault Ave N. Museum dedicated the history of the sock industry in Fort Payne.



Popular outdoor activities include camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, birdwatching and skiing.

Rock climbing is another popular activity which can be attempted at Buck's Pocket State Park, DeSoto State Park[dead link], or Little River Canyon National Preserve.



Community College


Public Library

  • DeKalb County Public Library - 504 Grand Avenue NW



Anything and everything at Trade Day in nearby Collinsville, AL.






  • New China Restaurant, 230 DeKalb Plaza Blvd. SW
  • Santa Fe Cattle Co., 305 Ruby Tuesday Lane SW.





Go next

Routes through Fort Payne
Chattanooga via Wildwood  N  S  GadsdenBirmingham

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