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!
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.
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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.