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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 4, 2014

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    Tony and I went hiking in Alabama and just outside of Mentone, Alabama, 5 miles before you actually enter into the DeSoto State Park off Rt 89 you will find this lovely area to view the falls. This is one of my favorite falls. There are actually two separate falls, one is the Upper Falls then the actual lower part is called DeSoto Falls.
    I have been here twice before but this was the best time. There was only two other couples in the park, so we had plenty of time to view the falls and not be crowded
    It was a lovely day, warm and windy with a great clear sky. The falls were very full and running fast and furious!!!
    I love these falls. If you are ever in the area you should definitely stop by them.
    You only have to walk a few feet to the overlook. Easily accessible from the parking lot.

    Brief history:
    Located just off the Lookout Mountain
    Parkway, DeSoto Falls is accessed via a
    paved pathway that leads a few hundred
    yards from the parking lot down to the railed
    overlook. The upper falls can be seen by
    visitors of all abilities, but the lower or main
    waterfall requires a walk down concrete
    stairs to the overlook.

    More than 100-feet high, DeSoto Falls has
    been a landmark for centuries. Native
    Americans frequented the falls long before
    the arrival of the first European explorers
    who, if old legends are to be believed, may
    have arrived here long before Columbus first
    set foot in America.

    Local folklore holds that several small caves
    in the steep bluff below the waterfall were
    part of a fort built by Welsh explorers led by
    Prince Madoc. Believers in the story claim
    that Madoc landed on Mobile Bay in 1170
    A.D. and then made his way inland to reach
    the mountains of Alabama, Georgia and
    Tennessee. Most archaeologists and
    historians discount the story, but it has never
    been proved or disproved.

    Legend also holds that Spanish artifacts
    dating from the 1540 expedition of Hernando
    de Soto were found near the falls. Most
    authorities believe the expedition actually
    passed well to the south, but it is possible
    that men from either DeSoto's party or the
    later expedition of Tristan de Luna explored
    the area.

    This day trip is only about 2 1/2 hrs outside of Nashville..so easy to go during the day..but you can always find a great cabin to rent or room in Fort Payne..great waterfalls !!!!

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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    de soto state park visitor center

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2009

    de soto state park is located on de soto parkway (CR 89) about ten miles south of mentone. this 3,500 acre park was developed in the 1930's as a CCC project. the park offers rental cabins and chalets and a motel. there are 15 miles of hiking and biking trails at the park. the park also offers tennis courts, fishing, swimming, and picnic areas. for those interested in wildlife and nature de soto state park is a very nice place to visit in northeast alabama.

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    • Water Sports
    • Fishing
    • Hiking and Walking

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    de soto lake

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2009

    the dam just above de soto falls forms a small lake in the little river. at the dam there is a boat ramp for small power boats and canoes. there is a park at the lake for picnicing. the upper little river is a very nice place to canoe or fish.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Fishing
    • Kayaking

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Mar 4, 2014

    Tony and I went hiking in Alabama and just outside of Mentone, Alabama, 5 miles before you actually enter into the DeSoto State Park off Rt 89 you will find this lovely area to view the falls. This is one of my favorite falls. There are actually two separate falls, one is the Upper Falls then the actual lower part is called DeSoto Falls.
    I have been here twice before but this was the best time. There was only two other couples in the park, so we had plenty of time to view the falls and not be crowded
    It was a lovely day, warm and windy with a great clear sky. The falls were very full and running fast and furious!!!
    I love these falls. If you are ever in the area you should definitely stop by them.
    You only have to walk a few feet to the overlook. Easily accessible from the parking lot.

    Brief history:
    Located just off the Lookout Mountain
    Parkway, DeSoto Falls is accessed via a
    paved pathway that leads a few hundred
    yards from the parking lot down to the railed
    overlook. The upper falls can be seen by
    visitors of all abilities, but the lower or main
    waterfall requires a walk down concrete
    stairs to the overlook.

    More than 100-feet high, DeSoto Falls has
    been a landmark for centuries. Native
    Americans frequented the falls long before
    the arrival of the first European explorers
    who, if old legends are to be believed, may
    have arrived here long before Columbus first
    set foot in America.

    Local folklore holds that several small caves
    in the steep bluff below the waterfall were
    part of a fort built by Welsh explorers led by
    Prince Madoc. Believers in the story claim
    that Madoc landed on Mobile Bay in 1170
    A.D. and then made his way inland to reach
    the mountains of Alabama, Georgia and
    Tennessee. Most archaeologists and
    historians discount the story, but it has never
    been proved or disproved.

    Legend also holds that Spanish artifacts
    dating from the 1540 expedition of Hernando
    de Soto were found near the falls. Most
    authorities believe the expedition actually
    passed well to the south, but it is possible
    that men from either DeSoto's party or the
    later expedition of Tristan de Luna explored
    the area.

    This day trip is only about 2 1/2 hrs outside of Nashville..so easy to go during the day..but you can always find a great cabin to rent or room in Fort Payne..great waterfalls !!!!

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

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