East of Hunstville and northeast of Fort Payne, the 3,500 acre Desoto State Park has 8 miles of hiking trails through lush forest along the West Fork of the Little River. Dont miss stopping by the scenic DeSoto Falls.
The Rhododendron Trail is one of the longest trails in the park. The park entrance is near the mid-point; from here it meanders northwest, and also to the south.
The Lost Falls Trail is an orange-blazed route about 1.25 miles. It begins at the Apex of Laurel Creek and heads north. It intersects with the Rhododendron Trail and ends due south of the wilderness camping area.
DeSoto State Park is located in Northeast Alabama. Take the Fort Payne/Scottsboro exit (exit 218) off of I-59. Go South on Alabama Hwy. 35. Follow Alabama Hwy. 35 through downtown Fort Payne. Follow Hwy. 35 up onto Lookout Mountain. At top of the mountain turn left onto Dekalb County Road 89. Follow 89 five miles into DeSoto State Park
Overall, Desoto State Park is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 15 hikes in Alabama.