Alabama State Park’s Great Outdoors Day

DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama

Enjoy a fun filled day in the great outdoors!
Join Alabama State Parks staff, volunteers & guest speakers for this great event showcasing all the many ways that adventures can be had in the Great Outdoors!  Come out to enjoy the park with demonstrations, live animal education programs, info tables, guided fitness & nature hikes……and much more!
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. Picnic Area across from DeSoto’s Country Store on DeKalb County Road 89
Fee: $2.00 per vehicle for parking. No entrance fee for event. Great for all ages!
For more details on activities, email or call 256.997.5025. 

Stay at an Alabama State Park!  See for details on accommodations.

Schedule is coming very soon-archery, dutch oven cooking demo, primitive skills, live bird of prey shows, etc.

Other events happening on June 2nd: 

Tree Army: A CCC Project Play 

Yoga on the Mountain


Things to See & Do in DeSoto State Park during your visit:

COOL OFF IN THE SWIMMING POOL-An Olympic-size pool with changing area and restrooms.  A small daily fee. Can be reserved for pool parties.
(Seasonal: Memorial Day to Labor Day)

PADDLE LITTLE RIVER-kayaks & canoes available at DeSoto Falls Picnic Area during the weekend info

The country store/information center is centrally located within the park and contains a reception-information area, coin-operated laundry, restrooms, country store, nature center, and gift shop.  The store is stocked with food and supply items necessary for camping and picnicking.

There are over 30 miles of hiking & mountain biking trails in the park area with footbridges spanning rushing mountain streams.  Many unusual rock formations and rare and endangered forms of plant life can be found along these trails.  An ADA accessible Boardwalk Trail highlights DeSoto’s trail system.  Along these trails are found many of the park's smaller waterfalls.  Wildflower season is from late March thru October.

DeSoto Falls is located seven miles north of the Country Store/Lodge just off DeKalb County Road 89. In addition to a beautiful 92 foot waterfall plunging into a canyon, the historic A. A. Miller Dam above the falls creates a mountain lake, which provides swimming, fishing and boating.

The Little River Canyon is located ten miles south of the Country Store/Lodge.  Little River flows into the canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons east of the Mississippi.  Little River Canyon is approximately 17 miles long and has an average depth of 400 feet, being 700 feet at its deepest point.  Little River Canyon Rim Parkway, a 22 mile scenic drive, follows the west rim of the canyon, with picnic tables available at the scenic overlooks. Call the National Park office at 256.845.9605 or see for more info

Mentone, Alabama
Nestled in the woodlands atop the western brow of Lookout Mountain, the historic and scenic village of Mentone hosts antique stores, arts and crafts shops, galleries and restaurants. Located 15 minutes away from DeSoto State Park on Lookout Mountain.