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Exploring Mentone & Surrounding Areas

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This past winter, my wife Jamie and I traveled to Mentone, AL to explore the surrounding areas.   Mentone is a small town located in northeast Alabama with a population of just a few hundred.  It’s located atop Lookout Mountain and has the highest elevation of any incorporated town in Alabama.  We decided to visit DeSoto Falls, the Welsh Caves and Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia.  We stayed in a VRBO on Little River just below the Falls.

DeSoto Falls: We viewed the Falls from the overlook and by hiking down below.  Views were spectacular and worth the effort.

Welsh Caves: The caves are unmarked and are located in the general vicinity of DeSoto Falls.  The local legend is the caves were built by a Welsh explorer before DeSoto explored the area.  They are also thought to have been used by the local Indians hundreds of years ago.  Access to the caves could be considered precarious, slippery or intriguing…depending on who you ask.

Cloudland Canyon State Park is in northwest Georgia, on the western edge of Lookout Mountain and a short scenic drive from Mentone.  We were very surprised to see a 1,000-foot canyon in the southeastern United States and could not believe this impressive scenery is so close to home.  The Waterfalls trail meanders down to the depths of the canyon  leading you to Hemlock and Cherokee Falls.

We highly recommend visiting Mentone and discovering all of what the area has to offer.

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Eddie Stone

Eddie Stone is an accomplished agent for Great Southern Land specializing in buying and selling land. An Alabama resident, Eddie has used his extensive knowledge to work and sell land in 15 counties surrounding the Birmingham Metro area. Eddie obtained a Master's Degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University. For the next 20 years, he worked as a Registered Forester in the large corporate sector in both the procurement and land management arenas where he became an expert in land management, maximizing the biological growth of timber, determining the value of a timber tract, and maximizing its value for the landowner. In 1999, Eddie founded Forever Green, Inc.; a consultant forestry business that quickly became a leader in the local timber business. He went on to obtain a real estate license and join Great Southern Land as an Alabama land agent to further serve his clients' needs and provide full-scale, exceptional service. Eddie is also a Contractual Conservation Planner for the Georgia Alabama Land Trust. He prepares Conservation Easement Baseline Documentation Reports which includes technical writing, field inspections, GPS documentation, and GIS map preparation. Eddie's forestry expertise, coupled with being a REALTOR, has made him uniquely qualified to help clients navigate all aspects of buying and selling land.