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The beautiful and historic DeSoto State Park sits atop Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Located just eight miles northeast of Fort Payne, this mountainous wilderness area provides year-round hiking, water sports, camping, and an array of sites to explore. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built this 3500-acre park in the 1930s, which is just one of the many interesting historical features park visitors will discover. Expect temperatures to hover around the 90s during the summer months with high humidity levels. However, cooler weather begins in late September, just in time to see early signs of the area’s fall color transformation.

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1. Waterfall Haven

There are few natural phenomena more magnificent than a silvery waterfall cascading over a rocky ledge into a beautiful pond below. DeSoto State Park is famous for its abundance of waterfalls. The 104-foot DeSoto Falls is the main attraction, located just off Lookout Mountain Parkway. A paved trail leads to an overlook offering a fantastic view of the falls. Indian Falls is another easily accessible waterfall providing a wooden footbridge that crosses over its top for amazing views and great photo opportunities.

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