Plan Your Trip
We advise our visitors to be cautious using GPS to navigate to DeSoto State Park or DeSoto Falls, as directions can be VERY unreliable.(especially with large vehicles on mountain roads). See Driving Directions below
There is access to the West Fork of Little River, over 35 miles of trails, and more waterfalls in the main park area of DeSoto State Park, which is located 7 miles away from DeSoto Falls area.
Regular Hours (CST):
Lodge Front Desk: 24/7 Year-Round 256-845-5380
Country Store: Open 7 Days a week. 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.
For Lodging, check-in at the Lodge
For Camping, check in at DeSoto's Country Store & Information Center. On closed days or after hours, stop by DeSoto State Park's Lodge or call 256.845.0051 for assistance.
DeSoto State Park main area does not have a gate, nor an entrance fee. There are 3 entrances: North entrance, South entrance, & Contact Station Entrance. DeSoto Falls Picnic Area is a small separate piece of DeSoto State Park, & is located 7 miles away from the main park area. This area is $4.00 per vehicle to park (effective March 1, 2020)
We advise our visitors to be cautious using GPS to navigate to DeSoto State Park or DeSoto Falls, as directions can be VERY unreliable.(especially when pulling a large rig on mountain roads).
*Larger vehicles need to avoid Tutweiler Gap(off of Hwy 117), Wades Gap (Co. Rd. 604), Beasons Gap (off of Co. Rd. 89)*
PDF: written directions to DeSoto State Park & DeSoto Falls Picnic Area
DeSoto State Park Color Trail Map(Page 1 PDF)
Desoto State Park color Trail Map (Page 2 PDF)
DeSoto State Park Basic Park Map including trails(PDF)
DeSoto Falls Picnic Area & Trailhead Map (PDF)
DSP Hike/Walk Suggestions (PDF)
DSP See & Do Brochure/Area Map (PDF)
Alabama State Park printable maps, interactive maps & Google Earth files: www.alapark.com/Trails
Lookout Mountain Alabama info: www.visitlookoutmountain.com
North Alabama Tourist info: www.northalabama.org
Please note that cell phone coverage may be spotty throughout the park.
FREE WiFi Hotspots Available
*Campground Comfort Stations (does not reach to every site)
* Lodge Lobby
* Motel Rooms
* Park Office
* Country Store
Wifi does not reach to any cabins or chalets
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.
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
*Current Restaurant Hours: Friday: Dinner- 5-8 PM. Saturday: Breakfast- 7-10 AM, Lunch- 11:30-2 PM, Dinner- 5-8 PM. Sunday: Breakfast- 7-10 AM, Lunch- 11:30-2 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
Elevations Bistro (256) 634-3001
Bar-B-Que Place 256-845-6155
Mentone Market (256) 634-4686
The Spot 256-979-1287
Helena's (256) 634-0095
Don Chico 256-997-1000
The Strand 256-997-0945
Sally's BBQ 256-996-5514
|Roadside Que (256) 599-1387||Rim of the Canyon Cafe (256) 845-6402|