Continuing in the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is nestled atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in scenic Northeast Alabama and accented by many rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers that will simply take your breath away. Developed in the late 1930s, the hard-working and dedicated men of the CCC made many natural enhancements to the park that have withstood the test of time and will last for future generations. Come commune with Mother Nature as DeSoto State Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere that holds wonders for people of all ages!
This 3,502-acre park provides lodging facilities including: Mountain Chalets, Log and Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, and an Improved Campground with 94, full-hookup tent and RV sites. For the more adventurous, there are also Primitive Camping sites for tents as well as 2 backcountry campsites with shelters. No matter what type of lodging you might prefer or have need of, we have it!
DeSoto State Park is conveniently located only 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama; and DeSoto Falls - also part of DeSoto State Park - is located about 7 miles north of the park heading towards Mentone, Alabama.
Other amenities include a restaurant, meeting rooms, pavilions, picnic area with playground, olympic-size swimming pool (seasonal), a nature center featuring interpretive programs and live animals, a Civilian Conservation Corps museum, and more than 25 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; we even have an ADA-accessible boardwalk trail dedicated to Talmadge Butler, a former park superintendent.
Whether a nature hobbyist, outdoor enthusiast, or sporting fanatic - DeSoto State Park has plenty to do to keep you pleasantly entertained. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, rappeling, bouldering, picniking, wildflower expeditions, and just plain ole' exploring nature - we literally have it all! We cater to individuals, families, and small to large groups of all kinds.
Facilities at DeSoto State Park:
Mountain Inn Restaurant
Log & Rustic Cabins
Mountain Biking Trails
Talmadge Butler Boardwalk
Picnic Area & Pavilions
Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
Olympic-Size Pool (Seasonal)
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Access to Alabama State Parks and State Park Programs is available without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disabilities.
FREE WiFi Available
* Lodge Lobby
* Motel Rooms
* Park Office
* Country Store
Pricing Subject to Change without Notice
The Alabama State Parks operates and maintains 22 State Parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These Parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other partners like communities to fund the majority of their operations.
DeSoto State Park would like to thank all of our supporters. Alabama State Parks have endured adverse situations over the past few years and we are proud to have our visitors and supporters that have helped us meet those challenges head on. Without you, we don't prosper!
Alabama State Parks offer ideal places to stay: resorts, hotels, cabins and cottages, camping; and fun places to play: hiking, biking, golf, fishing, paddling, swimming, birding and wildlife viewing or just relaxing. See www.Alapark.com for details on our sister parks in Alabama.