Lookout Magic

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, August 7, 1998

Go with me? Is the school-clock counting down at your house? Have you already used up the two-week vacation? Has your patio gotten too muggy for sitting, even after dark? It's time for the magic of a change in perspective.

It won't take long to get there, but that's not the best thing about Lookout Mountain. The best thing is the way you'll catch your breath when you step onto a rocky ledge, two thousand feet up and toe-to-toe with sky. Down below are the hawks, swooping the currents in the valley breeze.

There are hundreds of such scenic vistas on Lookout Mountain, plus trails to hike, caves to explore, and memories to make. This magical place is a three-state chunk of Mother Nature's finest. And one of its most unique spots is Little River Canyon.

Little River is the only river in the U. S. that forms and flows almost entirely on top of a mountain. A geological wonder, it's created a 27-mile canyon that everyone ought to visit at least once. One of the deepest gorges east of the Mississippi, there's a 20-mile drive that hugs the edge and plenty of overlooks along the way.

Stop at DeSoto Falls too; it plunges 110 feet from a mile-long lake. It's all part of Alabama's DeSoto State Park, 5,057 acres of dense woodlands, wildflowers, and trails. Check in at the Nature Center for info on the flora and fauna you'll see. The park has campsites, rustic family cabins, a lodge with a restaurant, and a swimming pool.

Get there via I-59 to Fort Payne if time is limited, but I recommend the mountaintop route for primo scenery, with stops at Cloudland Canyon and Mentone too. You'll come back refreshed, I guarantee it. See you there.

DeSoto State Park, Alabama
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