- In the pioneer spirit of the explorer, DeSoto Park ranges over 5,067 acres along the Little River. Along the extensive scenic drive in the park, visitors can photograph DeSoto Falls, Little River Falls, and many magnificent vistas along Little River Canyon; the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi River. Accented by rushing waterfalls and fragrant wildflowers, the park enhances the pioneer spirit with a unique restaurant, resort and cabin facilities.
Little River Canyon has a scenic 20-mile drive along the rim. Many picnic spots are available with breathtaking overlooks into the canyon. The Nature Center provides a park naturalist to help visitors identify all the newfound wonders of the woods.
The campground has 78 sites with water and electric hookups. Sewage is available at some sites. There are sites available for primitive camping with laundry and a camp store nearby. The cabins are newly renovated with 22 chalets and rustic cabins that can accommodate 2 to 6 people. All are furnished with linens, cooking utensils and outdoor grills and each one has cable TV, electric heat and air conditioning. All chalets and cabins have fireplaces for cozy winter evenings. The Resort Lodge is newly renovated with 25 guest rooms in a secluded mountaintop getaway. All rooms have access to a country porch, complete with rocking chairs for lounging. Each room is handsomely furnished including, cable TV and a telephone. In the same complex are a gift shop, banquet facilities and a restaurant for fine dining. Two meeting rooms are available which can accommodate up to 40 persons each.
Recreation - Nestled into the lush, green mountain foliage of Lookout Mountain, the park provides a modern campground, laundry and camp store as well as a swimming pool, tennis courts, nature center and many miles of hiking trails. Use the Little River for boating, picnicking and swimming. Visitors will also enjoy a picnic area with pavilions, a playground, a ball field, and a modern bathhouse by the pool.
Climate - The climate of Alabama's lowlands can be described as subtropical with nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
DeSoto State Park is located in Caldera County, just 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne.