|Entrance to DeSoto State Park|
Before seeing the sign marking the boundary to the Alabama State Park, chances are that you will have to travel down I-59 to get there. Be warned that this is probably on the list of worst stretches of Interstate Highway in the nation. You, your tow vehicle and trailer will be bounced around a lot on this washboard highway, which needs to be repaved because I don't think it can be fixed one more time.
|Our site at DeSoto State Park|
Both the park ranger checking us in and the camp host pointed out that we were one week late in our arrival. There was an Airstream rally at DeSoto the previous week. While we would have loved to been at the Alumabama Rally, my work schedule is often difficult to work around. (It isn't good for a college professor to cut classes!)
|Camping at DeSoto Park|
There are plenty of places to ride your bikes at DeSoto State Park. There are also lots of hills! You need to know that half of your ride will be uphill and the rest will be coasting back to your campsite. Expect a vigorous workout every time you hop on your bikes while camping here.
|Going for a bike ride in DeSoto State Park|
Also, take a look at the lake area above the falls. Chances are that you will see this as a very picturesque scene.
You run into Little River Canyon when traveling approximately 10 miles in the other direction. This is a federal national preserve.
|Little River Canyon Falls|
This is another nostalgic area for us as we talked about being there with our family six years ago.
It is worth driving around the canyon to see the many sights there.
|Following the orange blazes|
We were not alone as we met several other hikers and they were as lost as we were.
Some points about the park:
- Many sites have both 30 and 50 amp electrical service
- RV sites also have water and sewage hookups
- The park provides basic cable TV service
- WiFi (slow) is available at the camp store, not in the camping area
- There is a decent camp general store in the park
- The campground is pet-friendly
- There are more than 20 pull-through sites at this park
While the park had full hook-ups, we made it a point to walk over to the restrooms and showers. While it was evident that these facilities have been there for a long time, they were clean and well maintained.
We didn't see a big problem with mosquitoes, but you had to be careful about ticks. We found a few on Annie, our family dog, and a couple on our clothing.
By the time taxes and other fees were added in, we paid approximately $36/night for our campsite.
Perhaps the most interesting thing that happened during our visit was the weather. A day-long soaking rain moved in on Saturday. We watched as the park filled up on Friday evening only to empty on Saturday afternoon because of the rain.
We were in a tent the last time we visited DeSoto and we would have been in the group exiting the park because of the weather. Instead, we continued to enjoy our stay from inside Rosie.
Would we go back to this park? Sure.