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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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Moultrie, Georgia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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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Louisville, Kentucky
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88 reviews 88 reviews
61 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Desoto Fall State Park was a little hard to find. Had printed directions from Googl Maps and had a GPS they were telling me different ways to go. Also Desoto Falls is not at Desoto State Park it is 7 miles away. If you can find it and are in the area it is a great stop a decent falls... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was a nice change , we were able to find our waterfalls ,we stayed in a cabin, beds were not the best .Very quiet and peaceful. we didn't stay long so didn't really explore the park a lot. A lot of stuff to see around here. We ate at the restaurant in the park it was ok ,the people... More

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West Melbourne, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Was seriously not impressed with the food. My sister ordered a Chef Salad. she got iceberg lettuce, a piece of lunch meat cut into strips, a slice of American cheese cut into strips. That was it. No tomato, no cucumber, no onion, no carrot shavings, no anything else. I could have done better at home. I ordered one of the... More

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Central, Louisiana, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The park is quiet and very clean. One of the best place I have camped. The spaces are all oversized with electric, water and sewer.

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Pulaski, Tennessee, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
44 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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