Desoto State Park

Junior Ranger Adventure Series: Secrets of the Forest Floor

Event Dates:
June 12, 2024, 11:00 am
June 12, 2024, 2:00 pm
DSP Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Adventure Series: Secrets of the Forest Floor

This once-a-month hike is designed for explorers aged 3 to 103! Participants will have the opportunity to earn the coveted DeSoto State Park Junior Ranger Patch while discovering the wonders of nature and the park's historical treasures.

DSP Assistant Naturalist Mirandi Watson will be guiding this fun hike, geared toward all ages. This program will begin with an overview of the DSP Jr Ranger Program and will hike along different trails and focus on several topics in the booklet.

About the hike: the hike is considered moderate, because of the uneven, rocky terrain. Each month will utilize a different trail in the park, be beginner friendly, and be between 1-3 miles each. We will take our time, so this hike is good for all skill levels.  We will explore along the trails of DeSoto State Park, & discover who lives on the forest floor. 

What to bring: Backpack with plenty of water, lunch, snacks. And a journal with a pen or pencil.  Closed-toed shoes.

Date: June 12, 2024

Time: 11:00-2:00 (CST)

Where: DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. Meet at the Benefield Nature Center next to the Country Store on County Road 89

Fee: Free, but RSVP is required, so we know how many to expect. 

RSVP here:


Due to the nature of this hike only thunderstorms will cancel this event.  Please dress accordingly