Caves This activity is past. Waleska Newport Cornelia Manatee Springs State Park Mccaysville Brevard Robinson Preserve Mark OlegI am 18 years old and I've been hiking since 2011. Cedar Point Environmental Park Then, I would take the Azalea Cascade Trail to the Laurel Falls Trail. Withlacoochee State Forest Quick Point Nature Preserve Pisgah National Forest Most of the other trails in the park focus on Little River, Lost Falls Trail explores the Boulders and CR caves. Linville Come commune with Mother Nature as DeSoto State Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere that holds wonders for people of all ages! Elizabethton Elk Park Spring City One way to start your journey towards the Laurel Falls is to head towards DeSoto State Park. I have 3 years of amateur weather forecasting experience, having studied a lot of meteorology basics over the years. DO IT Trailhead 34.501053, -85.618494; 13 miles west of Cloudland, GA, on DeSoto … ... Staff tip: If you are planning to visit DeSoto State Park on weekends during peak of the day, you will probably find that the parking areas around the Country Store/Boardwalk area are crowded and parking is limited. Tags:Fort Payne, Laurel Falls, OK for Dogs, OK for Kids, Your email address will not be published. Waterfall Circuit Hike. Myakka River State Park DeSoto State Park Rome Laurel Falls DeSoto State Park. Stop at the parking area in Azalea Cascades Boardwalk and head towards the boardwalk. Balm-Boyette Scrub Preserve Dogs are … For my hike I … December 2014 Blue Ridge Parkway (It doesn’t have walls, so bring a tent if rain threatens.) March 2014 August 2017 Gatlinburg Getting to the park: - Take I-59 to exit 218. Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest Scenic Views CC Putnam State Forest McMinville Gainesville Area October 2014 Ducktown Lookout Mountain November 2015 March 2015 We spent only one night at DeSoto State Park but can’t wait to go back. The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Lula Lake Land Trust Franklin Delano Roosevelt State Park Sweetwater Creek State Park February 2014, All Reed Bingham State Park Fort Mountain State Park Bankhead National Forest Cloudland Canyon State Park George Washington National Forest July 2018 Parrish Tracy City Boone Bakersville Paynes Creek Historic State Park Sky Valley Chillhowee Recreation Area August 2015 Caesars Head State Park Sprewell Bluff Park Triple Creek Preserve Today, you can find me out in the woods every weekend, whether it's on an official trail or bushwhacking through cross-country terrain without any paths. March 2018 Topsail Hill State Park October 2015 Reliance Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness Florida Trail Gorges State Park Crestview Area DeSoto State Park is a beautiful scenic and recreational area near Fort Payne, Alabama. Camel's Hump State Park Tallulah Gorge State Park Chatsworth Bartram Trail Pigeon-Crockford Mountain Wildlife Management Area Best Hike Sale Creek After completing a short hike to nearby De Soto Falls, I drove down to DeSoto State Park with a plan to make a loop out of several of the park's trail. Sparta Robbinsville Outside Shot and I got here with little light and just before a deluge drowned us. May 2017 Waynesville One of those is Laurel Falls. September 2016 Helen Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours. Salem Little River Canyon National Preserve Indian Falls in DeSoto State Park, Alabama, the last cascade on Laurel Creek before it joins the Little River. Middlesex Cherohala Skyway Oneida One of the most popular hikes is the Orange and Blue trail loops that take you to Lost Falls and Laurel Falls. Cumberland Trail Oldsmar Grandfather Mountain State Park Sebring Area February 2017 Dayton Econfina Creek Wildife Management Area Throughout the years that followed, as I slowly ran out of popular hiking trails in my area, I began to search for and hike in more seldom-visited areas. September 2019 Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel Built by Colonel Milford Howard in the late 1930s in memory of his first wife, this unique chapel is … Amicalola Falls State Park LaFayette Winder St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Cullowhee Lovingston Smithgall Woods State Park Maggie Valley Listening to good music inspires me to capture nature's beauty on the camera in different aspects that also make me recall many beautiful music pieces that I've heard.​. Follow the orange blazes past the rocks thru mixed hardwoods, scattered with some evergreen American Hollies & Mountain Laurel. Lookout Mountain Battlefield Blairsville Laurel Falls is tucked away about three-quarters of a mile from DeSoto’s Country Store down the Orange Trail, a winding trail that is nearly as enchanting as the hidden falls. Ponds/Lakes Buchanan Little river falls and many other falls … Grundy Forest State Natural Area Bartow County Parks Pinhoti Trail Black Rock Mountain State Park Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Balsam Lake Recreation Area Ocean-to-Lake Trail Dahlonega Sylva Cheaha Wilderness Franklin Tate's Hell State Forest August 2016 You can also choose to pass through Fort Payne. Signal Mountain Standing Indian Backcountry Area The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Englewood Area Art Loeb Trail December 2015 Pond Mountain Wilderness Eglin Air Force Base Never hike or head into that area that may be above your fitness or experience level. Citico Creek Wilderness Hiawassee Stone Mountain Park Sopchoppy Tate City Virgin Falls State Natural Area You will also see some views of the Little River gorge and some of the CCC's work on this moderate mountaintop hike. Vermont Kelly Park After the Lost Falls Trailhead, I would continue on a mountain bike trail that would take me past the CCC Museum and to the CCC Quarry. Black Bear Wilderness September 2017 Ring Park Recent storms have produced some great flow in the creeks, streams, and the Little River! Bucks Pocket State Park Alfred A. er, let's call them strict rules about its State Park. Adirondack Park Must go back here soon. Berry College Trail System Spruce Pine May 2015 Oconee Station Historic Site Water Features ChristyAugust 30, 2018Alabama WaterfallsLeave a Comment. Laurel Falls is just a short walk beyond Azalea Cascades in DeSoto State Park. Orlando Area Lake Wales Ridge State Forest Lineville Sewanee There is no hiking in the State Park after dark and if you don't register you or you take longer than anticipated, they actually send Rangers out to find you. Take our guide and know where you're going no matter how poor the cell service is! The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Ellijay Alabama Hot Springs Providence Canyon State Park Lexington Glasgow 4. Laurel Falls Trail Loop is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Payne, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Caspersen Beach Park Cherokee Sarasota July 2014 Soddy-Daisy July 2015 The canyon cut by the Little River through the sandstone has an average depth of 600 feet. Double Springs There is a general store in the park and maps are available for hiking trails. Naples Visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the Lost Falls or Laurel Falls have several trailhead options to access these points of … DeSoto State Park: Laurel Falls Trail, CCC Quarry Trail, and DeSoto Scout Trail (CCC Trail Shelter to Lodge), Fort Payne, Alabama, Pigeon Crockford Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Pigeon-Crockford Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Pigeon-Crockford Wildlife Management Area. A bit of roadwalk would be necessary to return back to the parking area. Suwannee River The Civilian Conservation Corps created DeSoto State Park in the 1930s protecting the northern portion of Little River. Bradenton Mentone March 2016 February 2015 DeSoto State Park is a recreation area on the outskirts of Fort Payne, Alabama. Suches Mountains-to-Sea Trail Adel Rock Creek Gorge Scenic Area At the time, I was a novice hiker. June 2018 St. Augustine Cashiers Jackson A network of hiking trails visits as many as five waterfalls on tributaries of West Fork Little River. Autumn leaves offer a splash of color at DeSoto Falls, Nov. 4, 2017 in Mentone, Alabama. Sipsey Wilderness Fires Creek Recreation Area De Soto National Memorial Use of our content or photography is prohibited without express written consent ahead of time. Lumpkin - Turn left onto US-11 at the stop sign (soon to be a light). Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area Sarasota Area April 2015 The most popular way to see Little River Falls is via the falls parking lot across the Al Highway 35 Bridge. DeSoto Falls, the largest falls is easily accessible by car just a few miles north of the main park. Pumpkintown Chattahoochee National Forest Torreya State Park May 2014 Eagle's Rest Park . Tampa Bay Area You need to take first a boardwalk all the way to the Azalea Cascades. Linville Gorge Wilderness Oxford One way to start your journey towards the Laurel Falls is to head towards DeSoto State Park. Dawsonville At the time, I was not aware that the park's trails were not only focused along the Little River, and for a while, I did not even consider returning to the park. Covington The west fork of Little River flows through DeSoto State Park, and a section of the canyon lies within the park boundaries. Mountain laurel frames the falls, hence the name. It's not nearly as good but it's still well worth going if you like waterfalls … Crew-land-and-water-trust Vogel State Park Benton Wakulla Springs State Park Fort Myers Area Ormond Beach The picnic table and fire ring are nice and the sites are spaced apart for some privacy. There are trails leading to Laurel Falls, Indian Falls, Lodge Falls, and Lost Falls. Nearby DeSoto State Park is home to several falls, and Little River Canyon National Preserve connects to it and continues south with multiple large falls to … Basinger Pittman Center As one of Alabama's first state parks, DeSoto State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s, and much of their work can still be seen throughout the park today. Ocala Area August 2019 Stone Mountain You could spend a week in Desoto state park just looking at waterfalls and hiking. Pisgah Civitan Park Mark Trail Wilderness Desoto Falls, located a few miles from Desoto State Park (left). January 2018 Lake June-in-Winter State Park Whitehall April 2016 Trenton It seems to me it is sort of Alabama's answer to Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee (one of the best state parks in the country). Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. Copyright 2017 by Rocket City Brands LLC All rights reserved. Jones Gap State Park June 2019 Appling Riverview Pointe Preserve Tallulah Falls Mistletoe State Park May 2016 To avoid getting lost, follow the signs placed on the major intersections going to DeSoto State Park. Day use areas close at dusk. Unaka Mountain Wilderness September 2015 Ocala National Forest Virginia Florida Discover more: Cours de yoga in United States Is this event still open ? Cordele Your trip to Laurel Falls can turn into a full weekend of waterfall hikes. Apopka Florence Area Southern Nantahala Wilderness You can also choose to pass through Fort Payne. Fort Payne Elk Knob Game Lands High Falls State Park June 2014 Jonathan Dickinson State Park Apalachicola/Port St. Joe Area I would follow the DST north for a little bit to the CCC Trail Shelter and views of the Little River, before turning south and finishing the hike at the park's lodge, passing Indian Falls and Lodge Falls in the meantime. Anniston Area Walk for a ½ mile until you reach a rock standing on the ground with the sign Laurel Falls. Cohutta Wilderness A red boathouse is reflected in the waters of Little River at DeSoto Falls Aug. 5, 2010 in Mentone, Alabama. Green River Game Lands Hillsborough River State Park You will know that you have finally reached your destination when you see a rock standing on the ground and painted with Laurel Falls. Huntington DeSoto Falls The park is located near Little River Canyon National Preserve, which was established to protect Little River and the surrounding canyon, known as "The Grand Canyon of the East." - Weeki Wachee Preserve White Springs You can't forget all the waterfalls in the area either: Indian falls, Azalea falls, laurel, lost falls, Lodge Falls, and of course Desoto Falls! Fort Yargo State Park In a different area of the park, there are a number of other waterfalls that are smaller, but very enjoyable nonetheless. This is a great hiking trail for families. Apalachicola Bluffs And Ravines Preserve October 2017 Sheltowee Trace Trail - Proceed towards Fort Payne (easterly direction) following signs to DeSoto State Park or Little River Canyon, AL-35 South. Rosman Myron B. Hodge City Park Little Frog Wilderness Panama City Area You can also subscribe without commenting. Tray Mountain Wilderness Dillard DeSoto State Park is conveniently located only 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama; and DeSoto Falls - also part of DeSoto State Park - is located about 7 miles north of the park heading towards Mentone, Alabama. Southeastern Cave Conservancy Stream along side the Orange and Blue trails (left). June 2016 West Palm Beach Area Kolomoki Mounds State Park April 2014 Desoto State Park has over 28 miles of trails on park property. Neal Preserve Spring Hill Foothills Trail Big South Fork National Recreation Area Wekiwa Springs State Park First, I would take the Talmadge Butler Boardwalk to Azalea Cascade. The orange trail makes a turn up towards the lower end of the improved campground and eventually following Laurel Creek, which will be to your left. Leon Sinks Geological Area Collier-Seminole State Park Lake City Area The park features waterfalls, walking trails, cabins, a lodge, restaurant, picnic areas, camping and more. Erwin Blood Mountain Wilderness November 2017 January 2019 Enter your email address to subscribe for trail reports: November 2019 Oconee State Park Saluda After this, I would cross the park's Picnic and Play Area and follow an access trail to the DeSoto Scout Trail. Mountains To Sea Trail To avoid getting lost, follow the signs placed on the major intersections going to DeSoto State Park. Within the park, there are more than four other falls which can be accessed by short hikes. The DeSoto Scout Trail follows the west fork of the Little River as is meanders through the mountains of NorthEast Alabama. There are numerous historic sites. January 2016 Soddy Daisy Marianna Area Jefferson National Forest Hayesville I moved to Middlebury, Vermont in September 2019 to pursue collegiate studies in environmental science and neuroscience, but I will continue to occasionally publish new trip reports for the Southern and Northern Appalachians as my time allows. Laurel Falls in Desoto State Park Alabama. Lakeland Area July 2017 Laurel Falls. Many of the smaller falls in the park are dry during the summer months. August 2018 Historic Sites Toccoa You can drive until you pass through DeKalb County Road 89 to enter the state park. Upper Tampa Bay County Park Little Manatee River State Park Gruetli-Laager Wartburg Bulow Plantation Ruins State Park January 2017 You can start at the Boardwalk trail head or the Laurel Falls/Lost Falls trail head. January 2015 South Carolina Located in the Little River Canyon National Preserve 10 miles South of DeSoto State Park, 45-foot Little River Falls is located off Alabama Highway 35 in Fort Payne, Alabama. Tallahassee Area Appalachian Trail The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. October 2016 . Head towards a short detour to see the beautiful falls. The park office is open specific hours. Continue following the red/orange trail where you will pass the campground sign. Blue Ridge March 2017 February 2018 All outdoor activities, especially off-trail hiking, are done at your own risk.