Hike to the Base of DeSoto Falls

Alabama Desoto Falls Hike Pull-Off

Added by Mark Friedman

Take the trail less traveled and fight your way over rocks, fallen trees and thick brush to the base of DeSoto Falls.

The main visitor entrance to DeSoto Falls in Mentone, AL provides easy, paved trails along the upper rim of the falls. For a more private an intimate view, there is a pull off on the side of the road and trail access. Heading south on AL Hwy 89, take a left turn on Dekalb Country Road 613. After a half mile there is a small pull off that fits a couple cars. If you see a large boulder and power lines you are in the right place. This difficult to follow trail is seldom traveled on, so keep your bearings and if you get stuck/lost, head down to the river and just follow it upstream to the falls.

Making the less than 1 mile trek at sunrise and in the rain didn't help, but the view and sandwich (bring your own) at the base of the falls is worth it. Look out for a pond about 30 minutes away on your drive back for a spectacular display of lilly pads and aquatic life.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof clothes
  • Long sleeves and pants would keep you from getting scratched up
  • Camera
  • Water
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

285 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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8 months ago

Great Views from the Bottom

The waterfall itself is fantastic. Can feel commercialized if you're just going to hang at the top of the waterfall. However, going to the base of the waterfall is well worth it. Can be tricky to find the trail at times, but like the description says, following the river will lead you there. Definitely suggest to go down to the bottom.

8 months ago

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