Desoto State Park

Plan Your Trip

Regular Hours (CT): 

Lodge Front Desk: 24/7 Year-Round 256-845-5380 

Country Store: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM 256-845-5075 

Park Trails/Picnic Areas are open dawn to dusk 


Visit DeSoto's Country Store or Lodge for visitor information while in DeSoto State Park

The Benefield Interpretive Center is open 7 days a week 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

The CCC Museum is open Saturdays 12:00-4:00 PM or by request.

Park Fees: 

DeSoto State Park does not have a gate, nor an entrance fee. There are 3 entrances: North entrance, South entrance, & Contact Station Entrance.

Parking is free except in the playground/Picnic Area & DeSoto Falls Picnic Area-$2.00 per vehicle 

Driving Directions: 

PDF: written directions to DeSoto State Park (please be advised that GPS directions are not reliable, especially when pulling a large rig on mountain roads). 


Park Maps: 

Alabama State Park printable maps, interactive maps & Google Earth files: 

Lookout Mountain Alabama info: 

North Alabama Tourist info:


Please note that cell phone coverage may be spotty throughout the park.

FREE WiFi Hotspots Available 
*Campground Comfort Stations
* Lodge Lobby
* Motel Rooms
* Restaurant
* Park Office
* Country Store

Distance from major cities/airport info: 

Located atop Lookout Mountain, visitors can enjoy the tourist attractions of Fort Payne and Mentone, Alabama, as well as nearby Sand Mountain. Two hours from Atlanta, Huntsville and Birmingham. One hour from Gadsden, Alabama and Chattanooga, TN. 

Nearest airports: 

CHATTANOOGA,TN,US (CHA) 50 mi / 80 km NE 

HUNTSVILLE INTL,AL,US (HSV) 62 mi / 100 km W 

BIRMINGHAM,AL,US (BHM) 85 mi / 137 km SW 

ATLANTA,GA,US (ATL) 93 mi / 150 km SE 

NASHVILLE,TN,US (BNA) 128 mi / 206 km NW 

KNOXVILLE,TN,US (TYS) 136 mi / 219 km NE 

COLUMBUS,GA,US (CSG) 140 mi / 225 km S 

Visitors with Disabilities 

Most of our Park Facilities are accessible to visitors with wheelchairs and scooters including our Lodge, Restaurant, and Country Store. Our Talmadge Butler Boardwalk Trail is a 360-yard trail that can be enjoyed and traveled by people of all abilities.


Dining: The Mountain Inn Restaurant (onsite) (January & February winter months-closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays) 


Breakfast: 7:00 AM- 10:00 AM Lunch: 11:30 AM- 2:00 PM Dinner: 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM 

Locally Owned Restaurants:

Wildflower Cafe 256-634-0066 

Wing Stop 256-997-9464 

 Fontana's (256) 979-1700

Vintage 1889 Cafe 256-845-3380 

The Lookout Restaurant 706-862-3060 

Bar-B-Que Place 256-845-6155 

The Green Leaf Grill 256-634-2110 

The Spot 256-979-1287 

 33 Fine Dining (256) 733-0033

Don Chico 256-997-1000 

The Strand 256-997-0945 

Sally's BBQ 256-996-5514 

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has issued a Fire Alert for all 67 Alabama counties effective immediately until rainfall is received. "This burning restriction is being issued because of the current drought situation, continued lack of precipitation, and high probability of fuel ignition. Although the state is not under any type of burn ban, DSP urges everyone to observe all necessary safety precautions when doing any type burning (campfires, outdoor cooking, etc)