Desoto State Park

Early Spring Hike

Event Dates:
April 9, 2022, 10:00 am
April 9, 2022, 12:30 pm
DSP Early Spring Hike

Events In & Around DeSoto State Park:


Early Spring Hike in DeSoto State Park

One of the most beautiful times of the year at DeSoto State Park! Join DSP Staff on a moderate meandering hike along the Little River trail to see what species of plants is starting to grow and bloom after a long winter season. We will learn some natural history of the plants, and some medicinal and historical uses as well.

Wonderful views of the West Fork of Little River, Indian Falls, and Lodge Falls along the route. Will stop and eat at the Mountain Inn Restaurant in the park to eat lunch (outside seating, bring your own or order), then head back towards the Country Store. Approx. 2 miles round trip, moderate along rocky terrain.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Where: DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. Meet at the Benefield Interpretive Center (Next to DeSoto’s Country Store)

Fee: Free and open to everyone. Free, pre-registration is required so to know how many to expect. Hike is open to ages 8 to adult. We will be social distancing on the trail as much as possible. Email for more info or to pre-register.


Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended)

WEATHER: Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather. As with all outdoor events, if it is stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please call the park before you leave home to check if the hike is still on (256.845.0051)

Directions to Desoto State Park:

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