Continuing in the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is nestled atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in scenic Northeast Alabama and accented by many rushing waterfalls, sandstone outcroppings, and fragrant wildflowers that will simply take your breath away. Developed in the late 1930s, the hard-working and dedicated men of the CCC made many natural enhancements to the park that have withstood the test of time and will last for future generations. Come commune with Mother Nature as DeSoto State Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere that holds wonders for people of all ages!

Lodging & Camping
This 3,502-acre park provides lodging facilities including: Mountain Chalets, Log and Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, and an Improved Campground with 94 full-hookup tent and RV sites. For the more adventurous, there are also Primitive Camping sites for tents as well as 2 backpacking campsites with shelters. No matter what type of lodging you might prefer or have need of, we have it!
DeSoto State Park is conveniently located only 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama; DeSoto Falls, a 104ft waterfall, is one of DeSoto's biggest attractions, located about 7 miles north near Mentone, Alabama.

The park is 1 hour from Chattanooga, 2 hours from Atlanta, Birmingham, & Huntsville


For the day use visitor, there is a picnic area with playground, picnic pavilions, restrooms, gift shops, kayak rentals, & over 30 miles of hiking & mountain biking trails-including an ADA-accessible boardwalk trail.

DeSoto offers a seasonal Olympic-size swimming pool, Benefield Interpretive Nature Center, a small Civilian Conservation Corps Museum for the history buff, and a large selection of events such as campfire talks, classes, demonstrations, guided interpretive or fitness hikes, tours, outdoor adventures, & workshops with topics covering art, science, & nature.

Whether a nature hobbyist, outdoor enthusiast, or sporting fanatic - DeSoto State Park has plenty to do to keep you pleasantly entertained. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, rappeling, bouldering, picniking, wildflower expeditions, and just plain ole' exploring nature - we literally have it all! We cater to individuals, families, and small to large groups of all kinds.
Area attractions
Little River Canyon Nature Preserve, the 104-foot Desoto Falls, Alabama Band Fan Club, Walls of Jericho Forever Wild Tract, and historic Fort Payne and Mentone, Ala.

DeSoto State Park would like to thank all of our supporters.

Without you, we don't prosper!

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in its hiring or employment practices nor in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities.

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