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Joe Wheeler's Saturday Night Seafood Buffet
 11/25/2014 to 12/31/2015
 Saturday Night Seafood Buffet-Served every Saturday night year-round(except Parade of Lights).  Featuring All-you-can-eat Crab Legs, shrimp, fish and more!  Hours are seasonal but we always open at 5 PM.  Hope you can join us!
Email or Call (256) 247-5461

3 Days of Holiday Cheer
 3 Days of Holiday Cheer atop Lookout Mountain
High atop Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama sits a quiet town boasting unique shops ready to welcome the holiday season. The shops of historic Mentone will host a town-wide Holiday Open House on Thanksgiving weekend offering three days of festive shopping and holiday cheer in one of the state’s most scenic areas.
Shoppers will be greeted with a downtown area decked out for the holiday season. Located throughout Mentone are over two dozen trendy boutiques, antique shops and art galleries where shoppers can browse for locally made gifts, unique items, holiday decorations and other treasures, all within a 1/3-mile area. Shoppers will enjoy a mountain village atmosphere, but without the crowds for a more personal Christmas shopping experience.
Date: November 28th, 29th, 30th 2014 Where: Mentone, Alabama-Northeast Alabama (Within 15 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
For more information on the Holiday Open House and about other things to do in and around Mentone, visit or call 256.603.2404
DeSoto State Park
Event Address:
Mentone, Al 35984
Call (256) 603-2404

Blow Your Own Ornament
 Blow Your Own Ornament
Orbix Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio and gallery on Lookout Mountain that offers fine decorative and functional glass, as well as very popular glass blowing classes. Design and literally “blow” your own ornament with the help of a glass artist. Check out even more classes and info at
Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014   
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $38.00 per ornament. No pre-registration required. At least 5 years and up. Custom reservations can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or email for details.
Call (256) 997-5025

Storytime at the Canyon Center
Storytime at the Canyon Center:
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean & Eric Litwin
Little River Canyon Center staff and volunteers will read aloud unique children’s literature every first Saturday of the month. Storybooks will be available for purchase.
Date: December 6, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 11:00 - Noon
Fee: Free and open to everyone. Call 256.782.5697 for details
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A Cheery Canyon Christmas
A Cheery Canyon Christmas
An enchanting day full of holiday programs such as winter wildlife feeding, sustainable giving, Christmas arts & crafts,
secret Santa gift shop, photos made with SANTA, storytelling and more!!
Date: Saturday December 6, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, AL (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Fee: Most programs are free…call 256.782.5697 for details  for specific schedule.
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Winter Survival Class
 Winter Survival Class
Hosted by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company 
An early winter survival class for Wilderness Survival 101. A weekend long class with a specific for the lower Appalachian mountain range and spring weather conditions. We will cover a broad range of topics from Clothing, Kits, Shelter, Fire, Water, and Rescue.
Dates: Saturday December 6th-Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Time: Saturday 9:00 am - Sunday 3:00 pm 
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama- Meet at Country Store
Fee: $185 per person includes meals and all camping equipment. $135 per person includes meals (must provide your own camping equipment). $105 per person includes instruction (must provide on camping equipment and food).*
Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list
*Survival Kits can be purchased: $65 per kit - includes reusable and non-reusable items. 
*Discount given for signing up for all classes. Call 256.634.8370 for details or to pre-register.
Call (256) 634-8370

Winter Backpacking
 12/6/2014 to 12/7/2014
 One World Backpacking Series: Winter Backpacking
Sponsored by DeSoto State Park and provided by One World Adventure Company
Winter's not time to pack it in yet!
Just because it is a little cold or maybe there’s a bit of snow on the ground doesn’t mean backpacking season is over. Dress for the cold because we will be talking about the proper clothing and gear, how to stay dry, & how to dry your clothing and shoes. In the last backpacking class of 2014 we will talk about alternative backpacking methods for the snow so your camping season doesn’t have to stop.
Adults and youth 14 and up. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014
Where: Desoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama
Fee: $110 per person includes meals and all equipment. $85 per person includes meals (must provide your own equipment). $65 per person includes instruction (must provide on equipment and food)*. Upon registration, you will be sent a packing list. To register, call (256) 634 – 8370
*Discount given for signing up for all classes in the Backpacking Series.

Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class
 Basic Pine Needle Basketry Class
Learn the basics of pine needle basketry, an old craft with a long history.
Join DSP staff and volunteers to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation.
The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples.  Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts.  Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes. 
All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 12 and up.
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Nature Center (Next to the Country Store)
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: $25 supply fee-Payable to DeSoto State Park.
Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 10. For details, 256.997.5025 or email
Call (256) 997-5025

'Make a Joyful Noise'Christmas Concert
 'Make a Joyful Noise' Christmas Concert at the Opera House
A fundraiser for Dekalb Landmarks, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Dekalb County, Alabama people & places.
Christmas Concert features The Sharps & friends. Celebrate the holidays by listening to a talented mix of musicians perform in the historic Fort Payne Opera House. This wonderful venue provides the perfect setting for some holiday music and cheer, followed by a reception in Hunt Hall.
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014 Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Located at the historic Fort Payne Opera House, built in 1889. Located at light #8-Gault Avenue in Fort Payne, Alabama.
Fee:  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online using PayPal or a credit card and can be picked up between noon and 2:00 pm on the day of the event at the Fort Payne Opera House.
Tickets will be held in the name given at the time of purchase. Advance tickets may also be purchased at Browns Cleaners. Tickets may also be purchased for $10 at the door.
To order online, go to

39th Annual Parade of Lights
December 13, 2014
Boat Parade begins at 6:00 PM
A Holiday Buffet will be served at
Daniella's in the Park beginning at 4:00 PM
Call 256-247-5461 for reservations. Call 256-247-6971 to participate.
Joe Wheeler State Park
Event Address:
4401 McLean Drive
Rogersville, Al 35652
Email or Call (256) 247-5461

Green & Gray Saturday
NPS Green & Gray Saturday
The National Park Service staff and volunteers will present “Green & Gray” programs on the second Saturday of each month. Topics
include park resources and activities, climate change, recycling, energy conservation, eco-gardening, exotic plants, native
landscaping, pollution prevention, green energy, and more!
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free; for more information contact the National Park Service at 256-845-8548

St. Patricks Day (Weekend)
 3/14/2015 to 3/17/2015
Green Beer or sprite! Irish Specials for Lunch Saturday & Tuesday. Saturday Dinner Irish Buffet!   
Email or Call (800) 610-5801

 10/30/2015 to 11/1/2015
 Join the staff & volunteers of DeSoto State Park for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Trick or treating, games, storytelling, games & more are in store during this popular annual event. Grab your favorite costume, bring the family, & come stay with us!
All events are free to the public & great for all ages!
Dates: October 30th-November 1st, 2015 (Halloween Weekend)
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama
Call 256.997.5025 or see
for complete details. More info to come in 2015!
Email or Call (256) 997-5025

Guided Nature Walk
 4/7/2017 to 4/7/2014
Location:  Meet at the Nature Center.

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Free to the public.

Meet our park guide at the Nature Center and we will take a walk on one of the trails in the park.  $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Call (251) 948-7275