Explore the most popular hiking trails near Fort Payne with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

great kid friendly day with the kids or the elderly. nothing strenuous with beautiful views of the waterfalls

Hiked for about an hour below the park resturant, lt was fun but challenging I. will do it again when better prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of trail traffic.

walking
1 month ago

The falls are pretty but the crowds of tourists ruin a lot of the experience

hiking
1 month ago

this trail is in various states of order. it is quite versatile, with several options for "bouldering" right next to the water, or taking an exit up to the bluff to walk along backroad 5 or along to ccc road (gillam trail is part of this). though maps show just 3 exits, there are actually 6 well marked exits all the way down to the river mouthing into the other fork near backroad 5 for a much longer and more scenic hike. not well frequented, lost the trail a few times but easy to follow the river and bluff. it seems the trails haven't been tracked for a while but there are some online efforts to update the maps and trail markings. blissful solitude, just me and the birds.

this trail was a relaxing walk with a great view.

this trail was a relaxing walk with a great view.

Awesome trail! Very moderate a few little uphills. Parked at second lot on right past the canteen hut and hiked up the blue trail and meet the orange trail and hiked back down to make a loop! Trail is very clearly marked! Highly recommend!

easy trail, lots of fun!!

hiking
6 months ago

The scenery was lacking. The trail itself needed some upkeep. There was a little bridge that went over a stream which was nice.

The leaves are just starting to change. This would be a beautiful hike when fall colors are at peak.

We had a good time. Parts of the trail wasn't marked well. Near primitive camp spot. Looked like people took down and tied up. In another area. I would like to go when the falls are flowing. They where all dry right now.

We use the directions on this app and it took us to a dad in but there are signs stating where the De Soto scout chill is and when it dead ends there's a gate and it's a little sign the trailers full of ticks infested overgrown but beautiful along side the river in a lot of rocks and some climbing see why it was rated hard but it was worth it.

10 months ago

nicely maintained and we'll marked, however lots if sandstone and tree roots so watch out for the littles

hiking
10 months ago

awesome hike!! But this is Laurel falls, not Desoto, or Lost falls

awful

hiking
10 months ago

Really muddy because all of the rain but made it to the falls with all 3 kids in tow!

hiking
11 months ago

Don't waste your time doing the trail from exit 2 to exit 3 along the river, unless you like boulder hopping through tick-infested, overgrown trails.

hiking
11 months ago

The app maps the Gillian trail not the DST, though the two are the same in many areas. Definitely some rocks and obstacles to deal with but that is what makes it fun. Saturday morning on Memorial Day weekend and we didn't see another human on the trail. Loved it!

hiking
11 months ago

Fun hike; not too strenuous.

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

All the trails at DeSoto are Amazing.

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

All the trails at DeSoto are Amazing.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

All the trails at DeSoto are Amazing.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Terrible, it is not hike. Good for famielies with the babies.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Was a bit challenging to find the right direction to go in but a lot of fun!!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

a little confusing but a lot of fun!

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

Great section of the trail to hike through Desoto State Park.

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

Easy trail and it's not a bad walk in the woods, but the 'overlook' and beaver 'pond' are underwhelming.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good trail, very lightly trafficked. Nobody else on the whole trail when I was there.

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