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DeSoto State Park

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Address: 7104 DeSoto Parkway Northeast, Fort Payne, AL 35967
Phone Number: +1 256-845-0051
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

In the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC),...

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.

Lodging to choose from:

Log Cabins, Rustic CCC cabins, Chalets, Motel Rooms

Camping options:

Primitive Camping Cabin

Improved campground with full hookup campsites(for RVs & tents)

Primitive Camping

Backpacking Campsites


Other amenities include a restaurant, meeting rooms, pavilions, picnic area with playground, olympic-size swimming pool (seasonal), a nature center featuring interpretive programs and live animals, a Civilian Conservation Corps museum, and more than 25 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; we even have an ADA-accessible boardwalk trail dedicated to Talmadge Butler, a former park superintendent.


Whether a nature hobbyist, outdoor enthusiast, or sporting fanatic - DeSoto State Park has plenty to do to keep you pleasantly entertained. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, rappeling, bouldering, picniking, wildflower expeditions, and just plain ole' exploring nature - we literally have it all! We cater to individuals, families, and small to large groups of all kinds.

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Much to do

The park offers educational programs for all ages. There is much to see and do. Camping and cabins, along with motel and restaurants.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Fort Payne, Alabama
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Pell City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went for the Sunday Buffet and was impressed by the salad bar (very fresh) and while the hot bar was good it was nothing to write home about.

Thank Buddy B
Fort Payne, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The park offers educational programs for all ages. There is much to see and do. Camping and cabins, along with motel and restaurants.

Thank bmclaren2011
Huntsville, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We camped at the State Park campground and found it to be one of the nicest ones we have ever camped at. We hope to be regulars as it makes for such a great getaway. Camped in a motorhome with grandkids.

Thank Rocketcitygary
Guntersville, Alabama
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I arrived at 5 when the dining room opened Sunday , we were promptly seated and served.The salad bar was nice ,six out of ten.My waitress recommended the catfish filet which had great potential but was sadly undercooked.The middle of the portions still had raw batter on them.My baked potatoes had a skin too tough to cut... More 

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Starkville, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wife and I have taken up hiking and backpacking and discovered that Desoto State Park had tons of trails and two covered overnight backpacking campsites. We decided to investigate while passing through. Yes, indeed they do. And what a delight.

Thank Jonathan R
Fort Payne, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a week in a chalet and had a great time. Lots of room and a perfect setting. The kitchen was great for cooking meals and the screened in porch was so nice to spend time on. Pet friendly and nice trails for hiking.

Thank amosdog11
Fort Payne, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In addition to having camp grounds, hiking trails and some trails with boardwalks suitable for wheelchairs the scenery can not be beat. We were recently at the Lodge for a High School Reunion. Restaurant has plenty of room to move around and visit and there is a scenic outdoor area. Food was buffet style and was good and plentiful. We... More 

Thank Joyce N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got to explore more of Desoto. We enjoyed our time their and the children got to create fairy houses as an activity. They came home and made some for our yard.

Thank wendy j
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of hiking trails. Pretty views. Supposed to be several waterfalls, but very dry in the summer, so only desoto falls had water flowing. Desoto falls is a brief drive from the actual state park with the hiking trails.

Thank Sarah E
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family hiked at DeSoto state park during a late winter warm spell. The property is comprised of the main park as well as a secondary area with the main falls.The park is lovely and offers a variety of trail options. The main attraction are the largest falls, and they are impressive to say the last. Park amenities include a... More 

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