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With a spectacular waterfall, thick woodland, and vibrant wildflowers, DeSoto State Park has plenty to offer to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Found just eight miles northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama, this 3,502-acre park sits atop Lookout Mountain in the state's northeast.

From swimming, kayaking, and fly fishing to hiking, mountain biking, and wildflower watching, DeSoto State Park offers a huge range of recreational activities to choose from. And with 94 full-hookup campsites available, it's also a lovely spot to spend a few nights in a rental RV.

If this Alabama gem sounds like your ideal destination for a camping getaway, book an RV in Cherokee County and get ready to hit the road.

Getting Outdoors

With more than 3,500 acres of territory to explore, you'll find plenty of activities to enjoy in the great outdoors of DeSoto State Park. But of all the recreational opportunities on offer, it's perhaps the park's spectacular waterfalls that draw more visitors to the park than any other feature.

The highlight is undoubtedly DeSoto Falls, which sees rushing water plummet some 107 feet into the deep pool below. It's the highest and most-visited waterfall in Alabama, and is accessed via a paved path of the Lookout Mountain Parkway.

The 25-foot-tall Indian Falls isn't quite as spectacular but is still well worth a visit, while the pretty Azalea Cascades (accessed via a short hike) will also have you reaching for your camera.

Speaking of hiking, DeSoto State Park has some 30 miles of hiking trails to explore. Walks vary in difficulty from easy to strenuous, so make sure you pick a route suited to your fitness level.

If you're looking for an easy stroll, the 360-yard Talmadge Butler Boardwalk Trail leads you through the surrounding forest to the Azalea Cascades overlook. If you want more of a physical challenge, six miles of the 16-mile DeSoto Scout Trail wind their way through the park, eventually leading south to Little River Canyon National Preserve.

The trail network in the park leads you past several waterfalls, while visiting any time between March and November should give you a chance to see spectacular wildflowers in bloom.

If you work up a sweat while hiking, you can always find a way to cool off. The west fork of Little River is open to swimming and wading, but please note that there are no lifeguards and you do so at your own risk. For something a little safer, the DeSoto State Park Olympic-sized swimming pool is open from late May until early September.

Camping at DeSoto State Park

If you want to camp with an RV in DeSoto State Park, the good news is that there are 94 full-hookup sites available. The wooded, mountainous campground is clean and spacious, with all sites big enough to accommodate large RVs - average site measurements in the park are 16 feet wide by 60 feet deep.

Back-in and pull-through sites are available, cable TV is provided, and there are large offsets provided for those rigs that feature slide-outs. Each site also has its own picnic table and grill so you can have a cookout whenever you want.

Two centrally located comfort stations feature flushing toilets, showers, and coin-operated laundry facilities, along with free Wi-Fi if you need to get online. These comfort stations are clean and well maintained, and easily accessible from all sites.

For those campers who'd prefer to rough it in a tent for a night or two, the 16-site Primitive Campground is found approximately one mile away, while two backcountry campsites are provided for backpackers.

Exploring the Area

When you're ready to bring an end to your DeSoto State Park RV camping adventure, you can always move on to one of myriad other attractions nearby.

For example, you could drive your rental RV south for less than 15 minutes to check out Little River Canyon National Preserve and the spectacular Little River Falls, or head 25 miles east to enjoy the gorgeous green countryside of James H. Floyd State Park. If you'd rather head for a big city, Huntsville, which is home to the US Space & Rocket Center as well as a range of other historic and cultural attractions, is just a one-and-a-half-hour drive away.

Wherever you decide to take your rental RV next, make sure you take time to stop and smell the roses. There's no shortage of great experiences on offer in northeastern Alabama, so rent a camper near DeSoto State Park and start making a list of must-see destinations in the area.

RV Rentals in DeSoto State Park, AL

DeSoto State Park, AL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in DeSoto State Park. Outdoorsy's DeSoto State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around DeSoto State Park, AL

Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Chalet/Desoto/Lost Falls Fort Payne, AL
Lost Falls Trail Fort Payne, AL
DeSoto Scout Trail DeSoto State Park, AL
Little River Canyon Fort Payne, AL
Lookout Mountain Trail Fort Payne, AL
Beaver Pond Trail Fort Payne, AL
Eberhart Trail Little River Canyon National Preserve, GA
Simms Mountain Rail-Trail Summerville, GA
Taylor Ridge High Point Trail James H. Floyd State Park, GA
Pinhoti South Trail Summerville, GA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Cloudland Canyon Campground Dade County, GA
Lookout Mountain / Chattanooga West KOA Dade County, GA
Seibold Campground Marshall County, AL
Honeycomb Campground Marshall County, AL
River Country Campground Etowah County, AL
Riverview Campground Marshall County, AL
The Cove Lakeside RV Resort and Campground Etowah County, AL
Cartersville / Cassville-White KOA Bartow County, GA
Fort Mountain Campground Murray County, GA
Red Top Mountain Campground Bartow County, GA

Popular Nearby Parks

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Recommendations for DeSoto State Park, AL from Outdoorsy Owners


There is a newly opened, veteran owned, biker and dog friendly campground in Mentone, AL called Bairdsnest. Don't have a tent or feel like hauling all of the camping gear? Ask and they will provide!

Jul 12, 2018
Little River RV Park & Campground

Spent a night here on the way west. Still under construction when we stayed, but nice, level sites, and plenty of space. We're I to go through that area again, I would not hesitate to stay there.

Dog-friendly Elbow Room Quiet Hookups Family Friendly Scenic
Jun 3, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to DeSoto State Park, AL


Went hiking. Enjoyed outdoors and campsite. Built fire.

Nov 24, 2019
Rising Fawn

Camped at Cloudland Canyon state park

Oct 31, 2019
James H Floyd State Park

Our favorite qualities about Sloppy Floyd Park were that it was quiet and had spacious sites.

Sep 4, 2018