Desoto State Park

Benefield Interpretive Center

DSP Nature Center
DSP Nature Center
DSP Nature Center
DSP Nature Center
DSP Nature Center

DeSoto State Park's Benefield Interpretive Center

'The Nature Center'


The Nature Center is open 7 days a week during the Spring, Summer, & Fall. (in Winter closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays) 

Located next to the Country Store & Information Center in DeSoto State Park.

This small nature center provides the opportunity to experience, study and enjoy the natural world.

Features mounted and live animals, showcasing the mammals, birds, reptiles, & amphibians that can be found in nature atop Lookout Mountain. In addition there is a mix of information on everything from nature to history, showing visitors the diversity that can be found in the DeSoto State Park area.



DeSoto State Park and park partners like Little River Canyon National Preserve, Jacksonville State University Field School, Little River Arts Council, and more, team up to bring you many fun events throughout the year. Campfire Talks, Classes, Demonstrations, Guided Interpretive or Fitness Hikes, Tours, Outdoor Adventures, Workshops......topics covering art, science, nature, and much more!


Group Leaders & Teachers: Do you want to plan a fun filled & educational trip to DeSoto State Park? If so, we can help! With the help of our park partners & guest speakers, we can bring a variety of program opportunities to your group.

Additional Information:

Learn about the ‘Legends of the Lookout’ & the interesting people that made Lookout Mountain home.

Also be sure to visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum when you come to DeSoto State Park.