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.
Isbell Field - 2200 Terminal Road. No commercial passenger service available.
The best way to get around Fort Payne is by car.
- Desoto State Park, 13883 County Rd. 89. 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.
Golf at Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort 
- Northeast Alabama Community College. Located in nearby Rainsville, AL, about 10 miles north of Fort Payne on Sand Mountain.
- DeKalb County Public Library - 504 Grand Avenue NW
Anything and everything at Trade Day in nearby Collinsville, AL. 
- Arby's, 125 Greenhill Blvd NW.
- Burger King, 1506 Gleen Blvd N.
- Captain D's, 1104 Glenn Blvd SW.
- Hardee's. Two locations: 2609 Gault Ave N and 1502 Glenn Blvd SW.
- Krystal's, 2406 Gault Ave N. \
- Little Caesar's Pizza, 601 Gault Avenue South.
- McDonald's, 205 Glenn Blvd SW.
- MJ's Grill @ The Mill, 151 8th Street NE.
- Papa John's Pizza, 800 DeKalb Plaza Blvd SW.
- Pizza Hut, 203 Greenhill Blvd.
- Sonic, 511 Gault Ave SE.
- Subway. Two locations: 1710 Glenn Blvd SW and 2612 Gault Ave N.
- Taco Bell, 610 Glenn Blvd SW.
- Third Street Deli, 203 Gault Avenue. S
- Waffle House, 1410 Glenn Blvd.
- Waffle King, 2605 Greenhill Blvd NW.
- Wendy's, 1100 Gault Ave N.
- Wingstop, 2612 Gault Ave N.
- Zaxby's, 1050 Glenn Blvd SW.
- Cracker Barrel, 201 Cracker Barrel Row SW.
- Golden Rule BBQ, 1114 Glenn Blvd SW.
- New China Restaurant, 230 DeKalb Plaza Blvd. SW
- Peking Chinese Gourmet, 2605 Gault Avenue N.
- Ruby Tuesday, 301 Ruby Tuesday Lane.
- Ryan's, 1824 Glenn Blvd SW.
- Santa Fe Cattle Co., 305 Ruby Tuesday Lane SW.
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