Desoto State Park

First Day Hike 2024-DeSoto State Park

Event Dates:
January 1, 2024, 9:30 am
January 1, 2024, 12:00 pm
DSP First Day Hike 24

 If you wish to get motivated to go on your own we have shared some hike suggestions, information & ideas below.

First Day Hike 2023

Events In & Around DeSoto State Park:

First Day Hike: Neverland Trail

New Year's Day-2024- DeSoto State Park

Start the New Year with a first day hike at DeSoto State Park! Join Desoto State Park and JSU Field Schools staff on a fitness hike along several trails in DeSoto State Park. Come on out and burn those calories while enjoying the Great Outdoors!

About the hike: We will hike on the Never-neverland/Vizneyland trails, as well as the Dark Side trail for a longer hike which will be approximately 7 miles round trip, moderate. Trail weaves thru hardwood forest with sandstone outcroppings, streams, wetlands, and an old homeplace along the trail.  Hike is open to ages 10 to adult.


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!

#firstdayhikes /first-day-hikes  

Date: January 1, 2024

Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m (CST)

Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Meet at Country Store & Information Center on County Road 89(will caravan to Lost Falls trailhead)

Fee: Free & open to everyone. Pre-registration is appreciated so we know how many to expect. Sign up form:

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 Park Lodge before leaving home (256.845.5380)

 Hike updates will be posted on the hike’s FB page

Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended) Trail may be wet. Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. No age restrictions on this hike and well-behaved dogs are allowed on a leash at all times.