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De Soto State Park

7104 DeSoto Parkway NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Fort Payne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: In the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is accented by many rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers. The park was developed by the CCC in the late 1930s and the atmosphere of the CCC enhances many areas, including a Lodge, restaurant, and Cabins. Nestled atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in scenic Northeast Alabama, this 3,502-acre park provides Mountain Chalets, Log & Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, Meeting Rooms, and has an Improved Campground with 94 full-hookup tent & RV sites. For the more adventurous, there is also a Primitive tent camping area as well as 2 backcountry campsites in the park. Also features a picnic area with playground, seasonal Olympic-size swimming pool, nature center with interpretive programs and live animals, a small Civilian Conservation Corps museum, and over 25 miles of hiking & mountain biking trails including an ADA-accessible boardwalk trail.

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Wilmer, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Rv camping. Sites are not too close together. Wooded. Firepits. Very clean, nice bath house. End of october fall leaves spectacular! Waterfalls and trails are lovely. Range from very easy to difficult. Desoto falls makes a beautiful photo. Ate in the park...the catfish is wonderful. The ruebin and sweet tater fries very good. My son had burger and fries. He... More

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Pensacola, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The folks at registration were super nice and very helpful. We stayed in the dog-friendly chalet and the dog-friendly cabin. No pet odors at all! They were both very nice. Chalet has ample kitchen whereas the cabin's is small. Nice TVs in both. Both were very quiet and we slept soundly. Mattresses in chalet were more comfortable. Both were very... More

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Jasper, Alabama
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Park is a great place to view the fall foilage. The Desoto Falls was a beautiful landmark to visit. We also visited the Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel church that has a Giant rock that is built into the church behind the pulpit. Don't miss it!

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Drove thru to see DeSoto falls only this trip. We had seen them a few years ago in a dry season from a high overlook. Take the time to drive to the actual fals. Water was free flowing and very pretty. We hit it right with great fall colors to surround it , for great photos . We didn't take... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Went here while staying in Mentone, mainly to experience the multiple and extensive hiking trails and were not disappointed. The entire state park is honeycombed with well marked and well maintained hiking trails and we enjoyed our day here very much. No hesitation in recommending the park to anyone who has an interst in hiking and the outdoors................

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Tampa, Florida
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92 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We came up from staying near Cloudland Canyon. We started with the walking hike that starts behind the visitor center (where we also picked up a geocache) and had our first "Lost in the Woods" situation. It was the classic "we thought you were behind us". Daughter and I turned right at the trail intersection; husband turned left. It took... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Nice trials, I did about 4 hours of hiking On the scout trail, the recommended one, the trial in total would take a whole day easy, trial is not that well marked and isn't for inexperienced, plenty of places to swim on way too

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is undoubtedly the most beautiful settinng in the most beautiful part of Alabama. Take the beach, folks, but I'll take this over white sand any day!

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Moultrie, Georgia
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23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a great park to hike. Keep in mind the falls in this park are seasonal...rain equals falls. We hiked from behind the store around the Lost Fall path and back up the road towards the store. We loved it. My family of 3 -includes my 11 year old daughter...had some fun laughs during this...just a great time to... More

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Marion, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our family loved Desoto Fall State Park. We viewed the waterfalls, went on trails and had a picnic in the pavilion. The park is very clean. The staff in the visitors center were very nice. I would like to go camping in this area some time.

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