Desoto State Park

First Day Hike-Waterfalls along Laurel Creek

Event Dates:
January 1, 2020, 1:00 pm
First Day Hike

Events In & Around DeSoto State Park

First Day Hike-Waterfalls along Laurel Creek

New Year's Day 2020: DeSoto State Park

Start the New Year with a first day hike in DeSoto State Park! Join DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon Preserve (National Park Service), and JSU Field Schools staff on a beautiful outdoor adventure hike though-out DeSoto State Park to see waterfalls along Laurel Creek, big & small. This hike is a moderate 3 mile hike along the orange & blue trails. Come on out and burn those calories while enjoying the Great Outdoors!

First Day Hikes are staff-led hikes, held annually on New Year’s Day thru-out the Country, and are designed to encourage visitors to enjoy parks year round and to promote good health and exercise by working off those calories gained during the holidays. Start the New Year off right!

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Date: January 1, 2020

Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store & Information Center on County Road 89

Time: 1:00 pm (CST) to 3:30 pm

Fee: Free and open to everyone. For details, contact Brittney Hughes at 256-997-5025 (


Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended) Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather.

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the number posted above before leaving home.

Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.



Directions to Desoto State Park:

Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be unreliable. Please see  for a print-out PDF file of directions to DSP.