Desoto State Park

Trail Trekker: Gilliam Loop Trail

Event Dates:
November 8, 2020, 12:00 pm
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Trail Trekker Hike Series: Gilliam Loop Trail/Unfinished Bridge

DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama

Can you say “I Hiked Them All”? DeSoto State Park challenges you to become a DeSoto State Park Trail Trekker! Hike the designated 22 miles of trails in DeSoto, (whether on your own or in a group, no time limit) and collect your prize, a Trail Trekkers Patch. Just log your hikes in the Trail Trekker log and record the date for each trail listed. Sign completed form and turn in to DeSoto State Park Country Store or Lodge to receive your patch!

This hike series is designed for those that prefer some company out on the trails with experienced park staff or volunteers. Each month there will be a different hike so you can start marking them off towards your patch!

Gilliam Loop Trail plus short hike to unfinished bridge-Hike is approximately 4.5 miles round trip, moderate along mountainous terrain. No major inclines

Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020

Time: 12:00 -3:30 pm (central time zone)

Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Meet at DeSoto’s Lodge, will caravan to Gilliam Loop Trailhead

Fee: Free, pre-registration is required so to know how many to expect. Hike is open to ages 8 to adult. Email for more info or to pre-register.


For listing of all hikes planned so far, see

Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended)

WEATHER: Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. As with all outdoor events, if it is stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the park before you leave home to check if the hike is still on (256.845.0051)

Please note: Hike conditions will be posted the day before the hike on DeSoto’s Facebook page

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