Located in DeSoto State Park near Mentone in northeastern Alabama, DeSoto Falls is formed from the Little River by cascading about 107 feet into a large gorge. One of the most photographed points of interest in Alabama, DeSoto Falls is one of the tallest (107 ft.) and most visited waterfall locations in the state. It also features numerous smaller falls. The waterfall has a concrete dam above the falls, which was built in 1925 for Alabama’s first hydroelectric power plant. It is named for Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto.
DeSoto State Park offers miles of hiking trails, beautiful bluffs and rock formations, a number of waterfalls, historic sites related to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and spectacular views of DeSoto Falls. DeSoto Falls, part of DeSoto State Park, is located about seven miles north of the park heading towards Mentone.
DeSoto Falls site is open daily during daylight hours.
ADA Accessibility Notes
Located just off the Lookout Mountain Parkway, the waterfall is reached via a paved pathway that leads a few hundred yards from the parking lot down to the railed overlook. The historic A. A. Miller Dam and the upper falls can be seen by visitors of all abilities, but the lower or main waterfall requires a walk down concrete stairs to the overlook.