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.

hiking
9 days ago

As my phone had no service and I used the trail map provided by the park, my experience was not what I was expecting. This hike was not difficult, and it was similar to the hiking in Oklahoma around Stillwater, the change in incline was less than I experience in Kansas walking to the river from my house.

1 month ago

Not the best trail. Especially not good for kids. High grasses. Lots of bugs. The pond was pretty much a swamp. One bright spot, there are wild blueberries on the trail. Lots of them. All at the first .2 miles, so maybe worth it to hike in and out just to see those.

The trail itself was beautiful especially by the river but there are A LOT of ticks. I highly recommend you and your dogs are treated for ticks before tackling this hike. The trail head actually begins in the state park just beyond the lodge and cabins.

Very easy trail... but we was told from the man in the gift shop it was a half mile (which was wrong). That
would have been fine if we all had our hiking shoes on lol. Expect to get feet wet/muddy on this hike. We did see the Lost Falls which was small, there was a family playing at the falls. We thought we saw where Laurel Falls was but no water (if that was the right spot). We followed blue markers until we got to Lost Falls then switched to the lower Orange trail markers to head back. I thought the trail was nice but we had just got the wrong information.

This review and map was not for desoto falls. We hiked a mile in and found small trickle of falls and a beautiful hike. Desoto falls is huge and you drive to it. Stop at the country store to get turn by turn directions

walking
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

Lots of trail traffic.

walking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
9 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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

awful

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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
Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

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