Things to Do Near Mentone This Winter

Things to Do Near Mentone This Winter
By Emily Kirby

While travelers flock to see the magnificent fall foliage and enjoy the warm temperatures of summer here in the Gateway to the Appalachians, the winter season gives plenty of opportunity for both outdoor and indoor activities. Here are some things you can do in DeKalb County this winter.

Cloudmont Ski Resort
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  1. Skiing and Snowboarding

Alabama may not be known for an abundance of snow, but it’s only ski slopes reside right here in Mentone! Closed since the pandemic, Cloudmont Ski Resort has finally reopened its slopes on Lookout Mountain for its 52nd season.

When overnight temperatures dip down to 28 degrees or lower, the more than 1,000-foot slopes are covered in quality, machine-made snow, making it a unique, adventure-filled activity for any age. Even if you have never strapped on a pair of skis or jumped from a moving lift, the staff’s expert guidance will have you confidently sailing down the slopes in no time.

Hours of operation are dependent on the weather, so follow their Facebook page for regular updates.

  1. Hiking and area waterfalls

As the colder weather starts to enter our area, hiking might not be on your mind; however, the winter and early spring can serve as the peak times for waterfalls.

Our area is blessed with numerous parks abundant in hiking trails of all abilities and waterfalls of all sizes. DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve provide regular hikes guided by park staff where you can learn more about the area. The trails are also open daily for public use. High Falls Park and Buck’s Pocket State Park on Sand Mountain are rugged parks that offer falls and trails as well. With nearly a dozen waterfalls to choose from, the cooler temperatures will be perfect for hiking to as many as you like!

Click the links for more information on local hiking trails and waterfalls.

DeSoto State Park Guided Hikes
DeSoto State Park Hikes Lookout Mountain Alabama
Green Axes Fort Payne Alabama
Green Axes Fort Payne
  1. Axe Throwing

Spend your next night out at Fort Payne’s newest indoor sporting activity. Green Axes puts a unique spin on family outings or date nights, and is open to anyone over the age of 10 (adult supervision is required for anyone 14 and under). With staff instruction, axe throwing is a safe and fun way to spend an evening downtown. Grab a friend, enjoy some live music, and find your inner lumberjack!

Green Axes recommends that you book a lane ahead of time, but walk-in lanes are available. Be sure to wear closed toed shoes and a comfortable shirt. Check their website for a full list of rules and FAQ. 

  1. Painting Class

Winter is the perfect time to slow down and learn a hobby. Gather a group of friends or take yourself on a solo date to a local painting class.

Darliene’s Backporch offers classes and parties each week, and has in stock any supplies you will need for a class or an art project you’re working on at home.

Alice Circle not only carries adorable products and gifts in store, but their art bar offers creative, seasonal projects for all ages — from indoor gardening to painting. Grab a signature drink from their coffee bar while you work!

The end of the holidays and start of cold weather doesn’t have to be the end of your fun! There are plenty of ways to enjoy a winter day on and around Lookout Mountain. Check here for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options, along with places to stay, for your next DeKalb County adventure.

Darliene's Backporch Painting classes
Alice Circle Slime Making Fort Payne