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DeSoto State Park

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Address: 7104 Desoto Pkwy NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967-7909
Phone Number: +1 256-845-0051
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

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

Amenities

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.

Activities

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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Beautiful in the Fall!

We went for only 3 hours on a Monday. We stopped by the welcome building and got some recommendations from the attendant. The boardwalk suited our needs and we hiked a little... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jessica G
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Columbiana
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Columbiana
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for only 3 hours on a Monday. We stopped by the welcome building and got some recommendations from the attendant. The boardwalk suited our needs and we hiked a little further on the red and orange trails until we wrapped back around to the main road. The rocks were great and my kids LOVED climbing them. There are... More 

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Thank Jessica G
Lyerly, Georgia
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect for a driving tour, picnicking, hiking. Play area for kids. Swimming pool open in summer. Have been here many times.

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Bowdon, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a great place to camp, come try Desoto State Park. It is a very clean park with all the amnenities! Lots to do! Try this State Park out you won't be disappointed.

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Tavernier, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While it was an absolute pleasure to be in the outdoors and explore great hiking trails it is sad due to there has been a drought for 3 months so the river beds are mostly dry, still great hiking and actually was nice to hike the river beds but there are no waterfalls that are supposed to be in many... More 

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Thank Keystime42
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

This was our fourth time staying in this campground, and we still love it. It's quiet, clean, shaded, and way back off the road. Dennis in the store there is always nice and informative. The availabe bathrooms and showers in the R.V. campground are always clean, and pleasantly scented. This is a very nice place to be.

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Thank THEBradH
Crossville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful park, quiet, spacious dog friendly, clean rest rooms and nice laundry room. The only thing that was disappointing was there was a drought when we went so that meant no water at any of the falls and no campfires were allowed. Will definitely come back in the spring for what we missed out on.

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Thank Darthy C
Menlo, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

I love the park! And the pool is great in the hot summer days...very refreshing. It's large enough to accomadate lots of people.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

We were expecting place to pull over and take nature and wildlife photos but the road did not have any. Nature preserve and country store was nice.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

A great get away from any part of Tn, Ga, Al, if you love woods flowers and nature this is the place to go for a get away, adore this park over all others in 4 states, cant wait till spring!!

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Woodstock, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Out far enough to be far, close enough for a day trip. DeSoto State Park is a wonderful place to hike and get a good bite to eat. The views up and down the mountain are incredible also.

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