Fall Camping Weekend Getaway: DeSoto State Park

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Fall Camping Weekend Getaway: DeSoto State Park

Fall in Alabama

Most people rave about the fall colors up North, and while we agree that the North is beautiful this time of year, so is the South! We may be biased, but our home state of Alabama offers stunning fall views, and the absolute best way to enjoy those views is by going on weekend camping trips! One spot that we highly recommend visiting this season is DeSoto State Park


One of DeSoto State Park's Trails, Alapark

About DeSoto State Park

Encompassing 3,502-acres, DeSoto State Park is nestled atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in scenic Northeast Alabama. This area is accented by many rushing waterfalls, fragrant wildflowers in the summer and vibrant fall foliage this time of year! Developed in the late 1930s, the hard-working and dedicated men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made many natural enhancements to the park that have withstood the test of time and will last for future generations. 

Conveniently located only 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, DeSoto State Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere that holds wonders for people of all ages!

Kayaking on Little River, DeSoto State Park FB Page

Plan Your Visit


  • Lodge Front Desk: 24/7 All Year
  • Country Store: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
  • Park Trails/Picnic Areas are open dawn to dusk



  • For day visits, it is free to enter the park
  • There is a $4 parking fee at DeSoto Falls and a $2 parking fee at the picnic areas 



  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cycling
  • Rappelling
  • Bouldering
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • Exploring



Perfect Hammock Spots, DeSoto State Park FB Page 

Where To Stay

DeSoto State Park offers something for everyone! Lodging includes Mountain Chalets, Log and Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, and an Improved Campground with 94 full-hookup tent and RV sites. For the more adventurous, there are also Primitive Camping sites for tents as well as two back country campsites with shelters. Regardless of where you choose to stay, bring along your GO-KOT portable cot to enhance your experience!

For more information and to learn about upcoming events at the park, visit Alapark or the DeSoto State Park Facebook Page!

View of DeSoto Falls, Alapark

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