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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
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: In the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is accented by many rushing waterfalls and fragrant... more » 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. « less
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Pulaski, Tennessee, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

The employees are great. They get 5 stars, but we were a bit disappointed for the camp grounds. We did reserve a primitive spot to set up our tent and the spot was fabulous however we did Not have quick access to plumbed toilet (only an updated out house full of raw sewage) and no shower. So lesson learned. The... More

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LaFayette, Georgia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Me and my wife made a recent trip over to DeSoto State Park for a visit to the Nature Center and an afternoon of hiking (after which we planned to eat in the onsite restaurant). First, the Nature Center, though small, is amazing. They have very detailed information on all of the animals and plants featured. The center contains a... More

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Dothan, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We really enjoyed this park! Loved how quiet it was, clean, beautiful!! I hope it is a snowy winter because I would love to see this frozen or at least with frost. The water fall was our favorite. Lovely weekend getaway for our family!

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Birmingham
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124 reviews 124 reviews
33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A well maintained state park with lots of trails for walking and hiking, bird watching, and just exploring nature. Definitely worth a visit!

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This state park is very pretty. I lived near this park and took many friends and family to visit it. One trip we got to see a few guys rappelling down the rocks into the water.

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Savannah, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Beautiful falls. I enjoyed the park with my two grown children, their spouses and my grandchildren. The staff was friendly and I would love to visit again some day. We didn't stay in one of the cabins at the park but rented a private cabin.

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Waynesville,NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Very nice falls and small lake with fairly easy access. My 87 year old mother went most of the way down the stairs; they are in very good shape with a sturdy hand rail. There are also picnic tables near the parking lot- we ate a really nice lunch listening to the sound of the falls. No, it's not as... More

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México
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Nice contact with nature in a waking wood trail. There is a nice playground for kids and a barbecue and picnic area.

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a nice place to visit any time of the year. The scene changes dramatically in the Fall and Winter months. Be there throughout 4 seasons and enjoyed all

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Scottsboro, Alabama
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our little family went for a ride and ended up here. What a beautiful site to see. I hated to leave, but all things have to end. I loved it.

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