Camp Alongside Beautiful Scenery At This Southern US State Park

Sometimes, campgrounds are simply open fields that are devoid of exciting views. While these campgrounds are functional, they can be lackluster. Finding a place that gives you the proper space you need while also providing scenic surroundings can be a challenge. Luckily, DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama makes it easy.

Their campgrounds, and the park in general, have some spectacular views of nature. Tall trees, waterfalls, and more can be found in the 3,502 acres of the park. No matter where you choose to set up, it'll likely feel like you chose the best spot at the campsite. "Beautiful is the only way to describe this place," wrote one DeSoto State Park reviewer on TripAdvisor. "The scenery is breathtaking. Most beautiful in the autumn, but pretty year round."

Once you get your camp set up — be it an RV or a tent — you can explore everything else the park has to offer. Besides taking in the views, you can hike or bike along one of the many trails, take a dip in the Olympic-sized pool in the recreation area, or spend some time learning about wildlife and the surrounding ecosystem in the park's nature center. There's something for everyone at this scenic state park.

Have fun among the gorgeous scenery at DeSoto State Park

DeSoto State Park is home to multiple waterfalls, including DeSoto Falls — which is one of the tallest waterfalls in the state at 107 feet tall — Indian Falls, Grace's Falls, and more. DeSoto Falls has a lovely picnic area that even has grills, so if you want to barbecue while taking in views, you can easily do so.

The Little River flows through the park, enabling visitors to witness its beauty as well as engage in water activities like kayaking and fly fishing. If you don't have your own kayak, you can rent one for $15 an hour if you visit between the months of March and October. If you plan to go fly fishing, just make sure you obtain the proper fishing license before visiting the park (you can do so on the park's website). 

For adventure-seeking campers looking to explore the beautiful lush trees and greenery through an aerial lens, there's ziplining and a ropes course through Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures. Get your heart pumping as you climb high up in the air and speed across 350 feet of rope on the zip line.

Overnight stays

When it comes to staying at DeSoto State Park, you have a variety of options. For those who love the great outdoors and prefer the rustic style of camping, aka no electricity or running water, they have an area designated just for you. For those who appreciate modern amenities plus Wi-Fi, there are specific spots for you as well. You can book ahead of time; just know that a $5 reservation fee applies. To find out the general camping fees, you have to call ahead of time since prices can change regularly.

If you don't have an RV or a tent, you can stay in one of the park's cabins, nestled between tall green trees and stunning wildlife. These cabins have a charming, rustic appearance, but they are equipped with modern amenities to give you a convenient and modern stay. Once again, rates vary, so call ahead of time to secure your cabin.

Next time you find yourself longing to get out into the great outdoors and spend some time camping, don't forget about DeSoto State Park. You'll have the splendid opportunity to take in beautiful views and engage in fun activities. You might just decide it's one of the best places to go camping.