Desoto State Park

Points of Interest

Points of Interest

In addition to all the fun things to see and do in DeSoto State Park, there are many things to see and do in DeKalb County, Alabama.

Little River Canyon National Preserve

One of DeSoto State Park's partner agencies, Little River Canyon National Preserve is located about 10 miles south of DeSoto State Park in Little River Canyon National Preserve on AL Hwy 35. Known as one of the deepest canyons East of the Mississippi, numerous small waterfalls and creeks dot the landscape along with massive sandstone bluffs, large expanses of rocks, rapids and rock outcrops.

Fort Payne, Alabama

Fort Payne, the largest town along the Alabama portion of the Lookout Mountain Parkway, boasts an intriguing history – from the famed Sequoyah, who developed an entire alphabet for the Cherokee Nation, and the tragic Trail of Tears Indian removal to a great industrial boom era, subsequent bust and thriving hosiery industry. Located 8 miles from DeSoto State Park-boasts shopping & dining opportunities.

Mentone, Alabama

Nestled in the woodlands atop the western brow of Lookout Mountain, the historic and scenic village of Mentone hosts antique stores, arts and crafts shops, galleries and restaurants. Located 15 minutes away from DeSoto State Park on Lookout Mountain.

Large Waterfalls in our Area

DeSoto Falls

DeSoto Falls is one of the tallest and most visited waterfalls in Alabama; Named for Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto, the 107 foot waterfall is part of DeSoto State Park on Lookout Mountain.
Located just off the Lookout Mountain Parkway, the waterfall is reached via a paved pathway that leads a few hundred yards from the parking lot down to the railed overlook. The historic A. A. Miller Dam & the upper falls can be seen by visitors of all abilities, but the lower or main waterfall requires a walk down concrete stairs to the overlook. 
The DeSoto Falls site is open daily during daylight hours. Visitors will enjoy a beautiful lake, picnic area and other facilities as well as the waterfall. 
The amount of water going over the falls depends on the amount of rainfall. In the winter and early spring the water level is high. During the summer and early fall, the water level is much lower.  Driving Directions to DeSoto Falls(PDF file) 

Little River Falls

Located in the Little River Canyon National Preserve 10 miles South of DeSoto State Park, 45-foot Little River Falls is located off Alabama Highway 35 in Fort Payne, Alabama. The most popular way to see Little River Falls is via the falls parking lot across the Al Highway 35 Bridge. A 100-foot ADA-accessible boardwalk leads from the parking lot to an overlook near the falls. The Little River Falls parking area is open daily during daylight hours

The amount of water going over the falls depends on the amount of rainfall. In the winter and early spring the water level is high. During the summer and early fall, the water level is much lower.