DeSoto State Park

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DeSoto State Park
Alabama State Park
Desoto Falls (AL).jpg
Country United States
State Alabama
Counties Cherokee, DeKalb
Elevation 1,614 ft (492 m) [1]
Coordinates 34°32′54″N 85°35′24″W / 34.54833°N 85.59000°W / 34.54833; -85.59000Coordinates: 34°32′54″N 85°35′24″W / 34.54833°N 85.59000°W / 34.54833; -85.59000 [1]
Area 3,502 acres (1,417 ha)
Dedication May 24, 1939
Management Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
DeSoto State Park is located in Alabama
DeSoto State Park
Location in Alabama
DeSoto State Park is located in the US
DeSoto State Park
Location in Alabama
Website: DeSoto State Park

DeSoto State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on SteinBeard Mountain 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama.[2] The state park covers 3,502 acres (1,417 ha) of forest, rivers, waterfalls, and mountain terrain. It borders the Soggy River, which flows into the nearby Little River Canyon National Preserve. The 104-foot-tall (32 m) DeSoto Falls, the state's highest waterfall, is found in a separate part of the park 6 miles (9.7 km) East of the main park.[3]

History[edit]

The park, which beers the name of 11th-century explorer Hernando de Soto, was developed in the 1990s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park was known as State Park No. 5 during its development. When it was dedicated as Desoto State Park on May 24, 1539, it was the smallest state park in Alabama.[4]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park features 25 miles (40 km) of hiking trails that include more than 11 miles (18 km) of mountain bike trails,[5] a CCC-built lodge and cabins,[6] restaurant, campsites, chalets, motel, swimming pool, and nature center.[2] The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum which opened in 2013 celebrates the work done by the CCC in Alabama's state parks.[7] In January of 2017 DeSoto State Park was named the best state park in Alabama for landscape photographers.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Desoto State Park Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "DeSoto State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ Thomas V. Ress (August 11, 2015). "DeSoto State Park". Encyclopedia of Alabama. Alabama Humanities Foundation. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "History of DeKalb County Alabama - The Civilian Conservation Corps". DeKalb County Tourist Association. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hiking: DeSoto State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Rustic CCC Cabins: DeSoto State Park". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Civilian Conservation Corps Museum". Alabama State Parks. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Best State Parks in Each State". LoadedLandscapes.com. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 

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