Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Laurel Falls and Lost Falls Trails Loop

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(193)
DeSoto State Park

Laurel Falls and Lost Falls Trails Loop is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Payne, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

This trail starts counter-clockwise on the orange blazed trail, going southwest. Eventually reaching Lost Falls, the hiker turns left and continues back northeast on the blue blazed trail, back to the parking area.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
3 hours ago

Trail was very muddy and had to wade through some tallish grass/weeds for much of it. Spider webs every few feet at eye level were not fun, since I’m not a fan of spiders. Waterfalls themselves were small but nice. Might have been worth doing just a short out and back to the falls from the lost falls trailhead, but the rest of the trail was nothing special. Also, as others mentioned main pic is not in this trail.

The main pic on the Alltrails page is Little River Canyon, not the DeSoto Park trail indicates in the title. Maybe the falls are a little dry this season and that affected my impression, but there are better options nearby. If you pay the $4 fee, be sure to head a few miles north to see the actual DeSoto falls. The same permit can be used on both site. I added Indian Falls and Lodge Falls to this hike (yellow and green trails) and still wasn’t overly impressed.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail - peaceful and some times muddy. Missed small stone marker for Laurel Falls but back tracked to find. Marker for Lost Fall easy to see. Definitely moderate not one for little toddlers. As we finished the trail enjoyed a little walk on Boardwalk to Azalea Cascade. Falls were quite beautiful. Worth the hike but watch out for roots

hiking
1 month ago

If you don’t like your feet/socks getting wet, make sure to wear waterproof hiking boots. Several parts of the trail are basically just streams/runoff. Overall, a pleasant, shaded hike that is mostly well blazed. I parked at the Never Never Land trail head, picked up the orange trail, followed it to the blue trail, picked up the blue trail to see the falls, then at the termination of the blue trail, picked up the other end of the orange trail and followed it back to where I had parked. Some very pretty scenery and rock outcroppings to see (as well as both falls), and I did not find it heavily trafficked, so it felt very secluded as well.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

DON'T BE DECEIVED BY THE COVER PHOTO ON THIS TRAIL!! COVER PHOTO IS OF LITTLE RIVER CANYON!!! Great trail though just don't be expecting a huge waterfall :)

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

I’d say this is a fairly easy hike. There was very little elevation gain, but footing was tenuous in some spots. Quite a few spots were super muddy too. The trail is marked super well and only saw one other person on the hike.

Very very easy and beautiful! The first half of the hike is marked yellow and the last half blue FYI.

hiking
1 month ago

It is an easy trail to follow and fairly easy. These water falls are small so if you are looking for large waterfall, this one isn’t for you. Get in your car and drive about 10 minutes to DeSoto Falls and hike down to the bottom. Park your car in the dirt parking lot at the power lines and take the DeSoto Falls bottom trail, not the overlook trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an awesome trail. It is one of our favorites so far. We had a picnic on the rock at Laurel Falls before continuing on to lost falls. The trail is clearly marked and my 9 & 5 year old did fine with it. The weather was dry so not a lot of water flowing over the falls but definitely a great trail

hiking
1 month ago

Well marked and pretty walk in the woods. Not very challenging and unfortunately when I went it was very dry out there so no falls to see. But overall still enjoyed it!

great loop trail!!!!

I started out on the red trail to get a cardio boost from the incline then followed the blur trail around to the orange trail. The Falls were at a lighter flow but it was beautiful. The trails are well maintained and marked. One of my favorites.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail. Lots to see this time of year. Will be more difficult to see when everything is full grown in summer.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

This trail is like getting underwear as a gift from your grandmother.... it’s nice to know it’s there but you know there’s nothing exciting about it. I literally have nothing bad to say about this trail but I have absolutely nothing good to say either. If you need to go hike 2+ miles, check this one out..... or don’t.... your satisfaction level will be the same either way.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail especially for beginner. Nice sites to see. well marked trails.

hiking
5 months ago

An amazing trail with lots of beautiful spots to admire! Both falls were flowing well and the trails are well marked so you won’t get lost along the way! You’ll definitely wanna check out Indian falls too that lead into the river!

This is a short hike in which you are able to see two waterfalls, laurel falls and lost falls. The trail is rocky, has lots of roots, and some trees down but that’s what makes hiking fun. There is two small bridges and some bodies of water to cross.

hiking
11 months ago

Started at the boardwalk to the blue then orange trails. The waterfalls are dry but the hike was fairly easy and totally worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Great little hike. FYI there are several trees down on the trail

hiking
11 months ago

No waterfalls this time around. They were dried up, but there are a lot of cool rock formations on the orange trail. My 5 year old son loved climbing up and on the rocks along the trail. We had a great time despite no waterfalls.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

Laurel Falls and Lost Falls were both dried up. The Blue Trail had 5/6 trees down across it and was somewhat overgrown in places. The Orange Trail was fine. The hike was nice and easy but the scenery is not what we'd hoped for.

Showing results 1 - 23 of 193