Camping Life names DeSoto State Park Second in Nation

DeSoto State Park in northeast Alabama has been named the second favorite camping spot in the United States by Camping Life magazine. The magazine cites DeSoto’s waterfalls, hardwood forests and wildflowers as among the special attractions of this park.

DeSoto offers 78 improved campsites and 20 primitive sites. Two comfort stations with restrooms and showers are located in the campground. In addition, the resort offers a motel, chalets and cabins. A full service restaurant is also on the premises. Day use areas include a picnic area, playground and swimming pool.

Approximately 12 miles of hiking trails are available at DeSoto, including the Azalea Cascade Boardwalk Trail, which can be enjoyed and traveled by people of all abilities. During the spring, wild azaleas, trilliums, pink lady slippers and rhododendrons are among the blooming plants that can be seen along the trails. In the fall, the hardwood forest puts on a beautiful display of colors. Several waterfalls can be viewed along the trails. Nearby attractions include DeSoto Falls and Little River Canyon National Preserve.

DeSoto State Park is located eight miles northeast of Fort Payne. Follow Alabama Highway 35 South from Interstate 59, Exit 218. On top of Lookout Mountain, turn left on County Road 89.