DeSoto State Park is located on Lookout Mountian in Alabama. The park has over 25 miles of hiking trails which includes 11 miles of mountain biking trails; however, sources range from 10 miles of trails to 25 miles of trail. This could be because new trails are constantly being added to the park. Most of the trials are interconnect. DeSoto has some of the most interesting rock formations and seasonal waterfalls in Alabama.
The hiking trails in the park consist of the Aqua Trail Loop, Blue Trail, Yellow/Desoto Scout Trail, Green Trail, Old Silver Trail, Orange Trail, Red Trail, and the Violet Trail.
The Azalea Cascade Boardwalk Trail was paid for by grants and donations and constructed by the Alabama State Parks Maintenance Crew. The trail has a gazebo where visitors can rest and look at the Mountain Laurels when they are in bloom. There is a large deck where you can view the Azalea Cascade. Flowering season is March to November.
The biking trails in the park consist of the Family Bike Loop, Vizzney Land, Quarry-Nothing Bypass, Chalet Trail, CCC Road, Never Neverland Bypass, Gilliam Loop, Knotty Pine Mtn Bike Trail, Never Never Land Mtn Bike Trail, Silver Trail, and White Trail.
Laurel Falls is on the Orange Trail. It is about 3/4 of a mile from the Country Store. The waterfall is about 6ft high. The trail leading to the fall has a few steep climbs and the trail can get rough.
Indian Falls is about 20ft high and is across the road from the Azalea Cascade Trailhead. The trail leading to the falls is very short and it’s an easy walk.
Lodge Falls is behind the Lodge. It is about 25ft high. This fall is definitely seasonal and, if there has been a shortage of rain, it will be dry.
Lost Falls is the most difficult waterfall to find because, if there isn’t any water flowing, there is no falls. The waterfall is about 5ft. The best time to see it is in the Spring or Winter.