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De Soto State Park

7104 DeSoto Parkway NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967
256-845-0051
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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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Mobile, Alabama
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

love the rustic the cliff is right there the river my favorite sopts are playing on rocks the wonderful i really do enjoy i been like said i hike all over the place its usaully very cool real cold not bitter cold we keep a fire in the fire place love it my only is the bathroom shared

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Enjoy the beauty of the park. Staff was friendly and helpful. However dining/lodge needs help. Breakfast was very good, however diner was lacking in main course only good thing was salad bar and bake potatoes. Catfish nuggets not warm and just fried skin with little meat. Better quality control is needed.

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Wilmer, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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
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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
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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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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
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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jersey
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66 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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