Mentone, AL, USA

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Mentone, AL, USA

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Magnificent mountains in Mentone

Mentone is a small town in NE Alabama where the "Yellowhammer State" gets serious about its mountains. Just before the highway signs flip from AL to GA on the I-59, a slip road east takes you up the climb onto Lookout Mountain. Many Mentone vacation rentals come complete with astounding views—no surprise with 1,868-feet of elevation to recommend them. Kayakers will love the rush of the rapids, hikers the endless forest trails, kids the playfulness of the waterfalls. And everyone will be bowled over by Mentone's broad-smiled welcome, and equal measures of Alabama hospitality and Appalachian grit.

Making the most of Mentone's mountain spirit

You don't come to Mentone to stay indoors: the call of the wild is loud here, even if it's just to twist and turn along roads that swoop through forests and curl around canyons. Many will be itching to get out of the car, though, whether it be into a kayak, saddle, or a pair of hiking boots. Even skiing is an option here, given the right break with the weather (or more likely a helping hand from the snow machine). No wonder many opt for cabins with hot tubs to help ease those tired limbs at the end of a fun-packed day.

Views, falls, and crafts in Mentone

Accommodation here can have small-town charm or backwoods peace, but wherever your Mentone vacation rentals are, you're never far from spectacular sights. Closest is the DeSoto State Park which boasts the glorious DeSoto Falls, spilling white waters down slick black steps of rock. Nearby is Little River Canyon Falls Park, where you can peer into the wooded clefts of the deepest canyon in the south-east U.S. Brow Park has picture-perfect views over the valley-bound railway below. Souvenirs of authentic mountain folk crafts can be found a mile up the road, at Mentone's very own Log Cabin Craft Village.

Mentone's mild mountain air

Being right at the southern tip of the Appalachians has its advantages. This is one of the mildest parts of the 2,200-mile long mountain chain. Those hilltop heights help knock back the heat in summer, while the southerly location keeps the winter mild so visitors can book Mentone vacation rentals for much of the year. There's even some excitement in winter, thanks to the Cloudmont Ski Resort. Fall, however, is probably the best time to come as that’s when Mentone's woods are lit up with a myriad of flaming fall colors.

Mentone—where the river sits on the mountain

Mentone's magnificence is down to Lookout Mountain. This ridge of limestone and sandstone runs some 50-miles north and south of Mentone, spilling into Georgia and Tennessee. But it's around Mentone that the mountain is most spectacular, thanks to the astonishing Little River Canyon. It's not just cliffs, waterfalls, and caves here though—this area is rich in wildlife. The rivers teem with bluegill, brim, and large-mouthed bass, while in the woods you can glimpse deer, bobcats, and even black bears.