DeSoto SP (NABT 47)

DeSoto SP (NABT 47)

7104 DeSoto Park Way Northeast Fort Payne ,AL 35967

Desoto State Park Official Website
Desoto State Park (Alabama Birding Trails) website

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Desoto State Park is site #47 Northeast Loop on the Alabama Birding Trail.

Continuing in the rustic tradition of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), mountainous Desoto State Park is nestled atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in scenic Northeast Alabama and accented by many rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers. Developed in the late 1930s, the hard-working and dedicated men of the CCC made many natural enhancements to the park that have withstood the test of time and will last for future generations. Come commune with Mother Nature as DeSoto State Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere that holds wonders for people of all ages!

DeSoto State Park is conveniently located only 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama; and DeSoto Falls - also part of DeSoto State Park - is located about 7 miles north of the park heading towards Mentone, Alabama.

When traveling to the park, please be advised that GPS directions are NOT reliable (especially when pulling a large rig). Please see written driving directions on the official park webpage under Plan Your Trip. *Larger vehicles need to avoid Tutweiler Gap (off of Hwy 117), Wades Gap (Co. Rd. 604), Beasons Gap (off of Co. Rd. 89). Trailers or Rvs also need to avoid County Road 613(road to DeSoto Falls)

*If coming from I-59, we advise campers/larger vehicles to use Exits 218 or 222 and utilize AL Hwy 35.

Park amenities include: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Canoeing, Biking, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Picnic Area, Boat Access, Food, Cabins/Lodge, and Swimming.


Lodge Front Desk: 24/7 All Year

Country Store: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Park Trails/Picnic Areas are open dawn to dusk


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Desoto State Park Official Website

Last updated September 26, 2023

Desoto Falls Area Map
Desoto Scout Trail
Trail Map Part 1
Trail Map Part 2