Desoto State Park

Primitive Campsites

DSP Primitive campground
DSP Primitive campground
Primitive Campground Restroom Area
DSP Primitive campground
Primitive Campground Tent at Site
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Primitive Campground Pavilion Fall
DSP Primitive campground CCC Pavilion
DSP Primitive campground CCC Pavilion

Primitive Campsites

DeSoto State Park is the place to camp in the great outdoors!  DeSoto State Park features Improved & Primitive campgrounds, with campsites located in a wooded, mountainous setting. Backpacking Campsites are an option as well.

DeSoto State Park's Primitive Campground is comprised of 18 individual wooded campsites, a wall tent site, camping cabin, and 3 large group sites. (Wall tent site, camping cabin, & group sites must be reserved separately)

Each individual campsite has a fire ring and enough room for two tents. A vaulted toilet, picnic tables, grills, trashcans, a picnic shelter, and a water faucet are centrally located in the campground. Campers are allowed access to the Improved Campground (approx. 1 mile away) to use comfort stations showers, flush toilets & laundry rooms.  

DSP Primitive Campground Map (PDF)

The primitive area is secured by a padlocked gate; a key to the Primitive Campground gate will be issued at time of check-in.  Turn in the issued key in at the Country Store on check-out; after hours use the key drop box outside the Country Store door. The access to the primitive campground is a gravel road. Parking is a short distance from each site, & most sites are considered walk-ins. Campsites are chosen by the individual at the time of check-in.

To make a reservation, please call the Country Store at 256-845-5075. 


$15.00 per night*

For up to 8 people with only 2 tents allowed per primitive campsite. 

*Prices do not include 13% Lodging Tax 

One-time Convenience Fee for all overnight accommodations - $4.75
3.75% Resort Fee applied to each night

Additional Information

A deposit of one-night's rent plus resort and transaction fees are required to hold a reservation. 
Cancellation of a reservation has to be within 72 hours of arrival.
Campsite chosen at time of check-in. Check out time: 11:00 AM
We recommend that reservations for holiday weekends should be made at least 3 months in advance.

Campsites are on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. 
Group sites available for large groups only, by reservations only. Group rates are for scout groups, church groups, school group, etc.
Open-air or tent camping only-No pop-ups or camper shells allowed.
Campsites chosen at time of check-in. Please note tents must be within 20 feet of the fire pit on site.


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Check in at DeSoto's Country Store on County Road 89. Store is open 7 days a week 9:00 am-5:00 pm(CST) If you arrive after hours you may stop in the Lodge Front Desk or call 256-845-0051 to register.



For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Country Store at 1-800-760-4089 or 1-800-ALAPARK. Email

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