Just spent 4 nights at De Soto State Park in Mentone, Alabama. We tent camped in the primative area, which has 2 outhouses, 1 shared water source, and a pavillion with picnic tables and a fireplace. We stayed at site 8, which is a little bit away from the rest of the sites. There are some nice sites on the "brow" with a bit of a view from the top of Lookout Mountain, but these sites are a little small. The one thing that most of the tent sites lack is a picnic table.The primative area itself is down the road about a mile from the Ranger Station and park store, and about a 1/2 mile from the showers and a flush toilet. The primative campground has a locked gate and they give you a key when you register. Its really nice and private. There are ALOT of deer in the area. De Soto Falls is 5 miles or so from the campground, and is really awesome. Ft. Payne is the closest big town ( 10 mi), Mentone is a nice arts and crafts type town with 2 gas stations, several restaurants, and a couple of B&B's. No fast foods, no Wal-Mart, just mom and pop. Chattanooga is 35 mi. north on U.S. 11 (scenic!), or I- 59. Also there's a flea market at I-59 exit 231 I think (Mentone exit). Great place to go relax and get away from it all.
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