Desoto State Park

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Wildflower Saturday in DeSoto State Park
Wildflower Saturday in DeSoto State Park
Wildflower Saturday in DeSoto State Park
DSP CCC Rustic Cabins
DSP Lodge
DSP fall Color
DSP DeSoto Falls Picnic Area Fall
DSP DeSoto Falls Picnic Area Winter
DSp Lost Falls
DSP DeSoto Falls Picnic Area Winter
DSP DeSoto Falls Picnic Area Winter
DSP Chalet
DSP kayaks

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

 

Regular Hours (CT): 

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


Park Fees: 

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)

Picnic Areas/Pavilion Rentals


Driving Directions: 

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

 

www.alapark.com/hiking 

DeSoto State Park Basic Park Map (PDF)

DeSoto State Park Color Trail Map (PDF)

DSP Hike/Walk Suggestions (PDF)

DSP See & Do Brochure/Area Map (PDF)

DeSoto Falls 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
* 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

*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