Chalet/Desoto/Lost Falls is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Payne, Alabama that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We hiked all over the Desoto State Park an the Desoto Falls were breathtaking. Sadly we could not find a way down to view it from the bottom. After reading more recent trip reviews I realize where to look now. It was amazing and a must see!
If you cross over the dam, you will find a trail on the other side. From there, the trail will lead you around the far side of the rim to a neat overlook of the waterfall opposite of the observation point. Following the trail from there will bring you to the bottom of the falls in only a few minutes. Its steep and requires hands, but is very short. View from the bottom is great and almost nobody is ever down there, highly recommend if you don't mind getting your feet wet crossing the dam.
Nice stroll (easier than moderate) under shade the whole way during July heat!
One of my favorites. Mentone is an awesome little town right down the road!
Good. You can stop and get a trail map.
Never Never Land trail and shelter offers outdoor backpacking in the woods of DeSoto State Park. our first trip, easy trail, moderate with backpacks, no worries about other people walking up on you
park provided 5 chairs, hatches a log book great 3 sided shelter with an awesome stone fire pit and tons of wood to be gathered. 50 feet from the plentiful running stream with cleaner water that you would think. make sure you filter it though. great place to take the kids.
Overall it was a beautiful hike, but the map doesn't make sense and it took my friend and I longer than it should have to find the trail we wanted to go on. And the map is a little deceiving and makes it seem like you're going to see Laurel falls from the Lost Falls trail, but you don't. Otherwise it was worth it and was fun and beautiful.
Overall DeSoto State Park is really nice. Some of the trails, particularly the DeSoto Scout trail needs maintenance. Several sections are somewhat overgrown which is why I rated it only 3 stars.