We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

DeSoto State Park

7104 Desoto Pkwy NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967-7909
+1 256-845-0051
Review Highlights
Winter Waterfalls

We stayed the weekend at the lodge and were very pleased. In the park we hiked the blue/ orange... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Louisville, Kentucky
Fall Colors Abound

The wife and I stayed just outside of the park in a rental cabin and visited the park one day... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Drew S
Pace, Florida
Read all 287 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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 Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s and the atmosphere of the CCC enhances many areas, including the Lodge, restaurant, and Cabins. Lodging to choose from: Log Cabins, Rustic CCC cabins, Chalets, Motel Rooms. Camping options: Camping Cabin Improved campground with full hookup campsites (for RVs & tents) Primitive Camping, Backpacking Campsites. Amenities include a restaurant, meeting rooms, pavilions, picnic area,playground, swimming pool (seasonal), a nature center featuring interpretive programs and live animals, a CCC museum, and more than 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails; including an ADA-accessible boardwalk trail. DeSoto Falls, a 104ft waterfall is one of DeSoto's biggest attractions. Park is 1 hour from Chattanooga, 2 hours from Atlanta, Birmingham, & Huntsville
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“hiking trails” (15 reviews)
“picnic area” (9 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
7104 Desoto Pkwy NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967-7909
+1 256-845-0051
Write a ReviewReviews (287)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 285 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

We stayed the weekend at the lodge and were very pleased. In the park we hiked the blue/ orange trails as well as the green trail and part of the yellow. The trails were marked well with paint on the trees, other signage would have...More

Thank WkNdTrps
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wife and I stayed just outside of the park in a rental cabin and visited the park one day during the weekend. We walked a few trails and saw a couple waterfalls. The fall colors were amazing. There's a restaurant right in the middle...More

Thank Drew S
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful wooded mountains with river running throughout. We rented a log cabin for 4 adults, two teen girls. Great set up with stone, wood burning fireplace, kitchen, moderately stocked with cooking implements and dishes. Central heat and air, two rooms with another pull-out couch. Near...More

Thank Sam36527
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We are always looking for water falls-found a gem here! The ride to the falls was great-you travel back a winding cabin and boulder lined road! You end up at the top of the falls-just a short walk to the bottom! I'm 65 and out...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Desoto State Park is located within the boundaries of Little River Canyon National Preserve and, at first, it was a bit confusing. On our way there, we had to research its exact location because we were a little thrown off by that. Once we got...More

Thank Roadtripist
Reviewed 25 December 2017

Very nice park but don't expect much from the beds in the rooms they are the worst I have ever slept on. If you are paying for a room you at the least want to sleep on a bed that's decent. I went to the...More

Thank Jaycee7200
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We discovered this place and the drive was absolutely stunning. The falls are beautiful and so wonderful to listen to. We had no idea this was here but so glad we made the time to visit.

Thank BedCab
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I took advantage of the Discover Desoto Package. It runs from November 2017-April 2018. It’s a really good deal. The motel is nice. It was clean and comfortable. We had a short walk to the Lodge for breakfast. There are hiking trails...More

Thank Kim B
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Easy to access. Good parking area. Can't remember if there were toilets. Anyways, it is an easy walk along some rocks and then some stairs. Elderly or those that just are too timid may not want to wander all the way to the farthest point...More

1  Thank laurel w
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I was surprised that there was so much to do here… The people at the camp store are very nice and friendly and happy to recommend places to go so you can enjoy the park. Very nice campground… The bath houses are perfect! Tons of...More

1  Thank KellyStuart62
Nearby HotelsSee all 7 hotels in Fort Payne
Quality Inn
72 reviews
8.00 km away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Payne
167 reviews
13.81 km away
Econo Lodge Ft. Payne
71 reviews
13.87 km away
Days Inn Fort Payne
240 reviews
13.92 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Tigers Inn Restaurant
10 reviews
8.77 km away
Wildflower Cafe
455 reviews
9.69 km away
Poppies Pizzeria
6 reviews
7.22 km away
Green Leaf Grill
57 reviews
9.74 km away
Nearby Attractions
Desoto Falls
121 reviews
6.54 km away
Miracle pottery
19 reviews
7.69 km away
Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church
27 reviews
1.13 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
26 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from DeSotoStatePark | Property representative |
Hello! So sorry for not answering your question in a timely manner! There are 2 backcountry campsites, the Never-never land, and the Quarry. The trails to both are roughly a mile, though different in terrain. The... More
4 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from DeSotoStatePark | Property representative |
From the cabins in the park, it is a hike on rugged terrain to make your way to the West Fork of Little River(via the yellow trail). The river is great for wading/swimming, not the best for tubing(depends on water... More
Stephanie C
20 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from bikersmurf | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in a Rustic CCC cabin.