Explore the most popular walking 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.

We came on a holiday, and a lot of the falls are dried up right now, so this one was very crowded. We'll definitely go back earlier tomorrow!

fun trail

it was as great. took the entire family ages 6,9,12,36,32. we all are different levels of fit and was able to do this with ease. even the dog loved it. great places to get in to cool off too

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful setting! I’m not much of a runner but the dirt part of the trail was pretty flat and I was able to do some jogging. Quick little trail but worth the visit. I also visited many of the other trails and sight seeing areas while there.

very simple and short trail. has an overlook and a trail for river access. was very easy for my seven month old dog. nice views, pretty water, would recommend.

Pretty views of the waterfall and canyon are easy to get to! Great hike to do with kids!

hiking
1 month 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.

Had a blast there this past weekend

Beautiful place to go to! Walk further down another trail and you can get to Martha’s falls and jump off cliffs!! Great adventure

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

There is no trail at this location. If there is, it is poorly marked with no clear access point.

walking
4 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
5 months ago

Lots of trail traffic.

hiking
5 months ago

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

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Simply Beautiful. Trekked down to Martha's Falls. Our dog, Ringo, enjoyed his very first trail experience. Looking forward to coming back.

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!

Nature at it’s best!

easy trail, lots of fun!!

Short trail. Beautiful falls. The drive on the canyon rim is gorgeous (pun). The gorge is very deep with shear rock walls. Great place to explore. This is the grand canyon east!

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.

hiking
11 months ago

Very easy trail, with beautiful falls.

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