DeSoto State Park

Desoto State Park is situated atop beautiful Lookout Mountain eight miles northeast of Fort Payne in Northeast Alabama.

This 3,502-acre park provides lodging facilities including mountain chalets, log and rustic cabins, motel rooms and a campground with 94 full-hookup tent and RV sites. For the more adventurous, there are also Primitive Camping sites for tents as well as 2 backcountry campsites with shelters.

Amenities include the original Lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the mid-1930s, 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, more than 25 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and an ADA-accessible boardwalk trail.  Activities in and around DeSoto State Park include kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, cycling, rappeling, bouldering, picniking, wildflower expeditions, and birding.   

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Latitude: 34.500779 Longitude: -85.618614 Elevation: 1482 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

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.  In addition to DeSoto Falls, DeSoto State Park is home to a number of other waterfalls, dense woodlands, seasonal wildflowers and spectacular views.

Seasons Accessible

Open year-round

ADA Accessibility Notes

Wheelchair accessible

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Contact Information

Ken Thomas - DeSoto State Park
7104 DeSoto Parkway NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967 US
Angie Pierce - Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
256-350-3519 (Fax)
PO Box 2537
Decatur, AL 35602 US


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