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Aug 28

Why you Should Visit Desoto State Park in the Fall

The heat of the summer will soon be behind us as we look forward to the cooler days of fall time in Alabama. Take the time to explore the beauty of fall by visiting DeSoto State Park. Located just fifteen minutes south of Mentone Cabins this park is a perfect day-cation for your vacation. Read here for our reasons why you should visit DeSoto State Park in the fall.


Lace up your hiking boots and head out to the 25 miles of trails located within the park. Breathe in the crisp fall air and take in the peaceful surroundings of cascading waterfalls, unique rock formations, and the towering forest full of wildlife and diverse plant life. No matter your skill level, there are a variety of trails from the expert to the novice hiker.

Mountain Biking

Get your adrenaline pumping with the eleven-plus miles of rolling mountain biking trails. Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride through the park or a thigh-burning workout, there is a trail for you! Popular trails in the park include; the Family Bike Loop, Never-Never Land Loop, and the strenuous CCC Quarry Bike Loop.


DeSoto State Park is home to many beautiful waterfalls including one of Alabama’s tallest waterfalls; DeSoto Falls. This 107-foot cascades over delicate rock formations with multiple pools of water spilling into one another. Viewing the waterfall can be accessed by the paved path from the parking lot with additional stairs to climb to view the main or lower waterfall. Other waterfalls that can be seen within the park include Laurel Falls and Indian Falls. Best times to visit are during the spring and late fall when water flow is at its peak.


Take your vacation to new heights and test your skills at rock climbing and repelling in the park. Via One World Adventure Company people of all skill levels can take a guided rappelling adventure from 80-foot repels to 130-foot repels. Fall is the best time to try this activity with the cooler rock and temperatures.


On a guided tour take a gentle float in a canoe or kayak around the water pools just above DeSoto Falls. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a break at the large picnic area. View here for canoe and kayak rentals. Or bring your own gear and head out to the Class III and Class VI rapids at Little River Canyon.

Fall Colors

Saving the best for last, our favorite reason for why you should visit DeSoto State Park in the fall is of course to view the beautiful fall colors. Shades of red, orange and brown encapsulate the park in the fall, making it a true treat for the eyes. Poplar trees turn bright yellow and maple trees showcase vibrant orange colors reminiscent of a glowing sunset. For optimal viewing of fall colors visit during the months of October and November.

Cabins near DeSoto State Park

Rest and relaxation await you at our cabins in Mentone, Alabama in the beautiful Alabama Appalachian Foothills. Sitting at the peak of Lookout Mountain most of our cabins offer breathtaking views and spacious accommodations for the perfect couple’s retreat or family vacation.

Browse the variety of lodging options at Mentone Cabins and book your fall getaway with us now!

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