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Birmingham, AL: DeSoto State Park

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Distance: 4.2 miles


Wander a 4.2-mile figure 8 that tours rhododendron clusters, rock formations, and serene cascades in a diverse hardwood forest near the Alabama-Georgia state line.
  • Laurel Falls
  • Azalea Cascade Trailhead
  • Laurel Falls
  • Lost Falls
  • Above Lost Falls
  • A Green Alley
  • Indian Falls
  • West Fork Little River
  • Serene River Scene
  • Tree Gall

This 4.2-mile figure 8 in DeSoto State Park is one of Alabama's best kept trail secrets. Starting on the wooden walkway from the parking lot, the eastern loop combines the Red, Orange, and Blue trails for a 2.4-mile loop that explores a mixed deciduous forest on gentle terrain. This loop is highlighted by the serene cascades of Laurel Falls and Lost Falls, as well as the curious rock formations along the way.

Call it a day back at the trailhead or cross DeSoto Parkway for the eastern loop (on the Yellow and Green trails). The start of this 1.8-mile overlooks Indian Falls before dropping down a rhododendron-lined valley to the West Fork Little River. The yellow-blazed trail runs parallel to the river before hiking up a short-but-steep switchbacking stretch. At the crest of the 160-foot climb, the green-blazed trail turns back west for the return trip to Indian Falls. Stay on track by following the green blazes past various spur trails and watch your footing on the intermittent rock-hopping sections.

-Mapped by Scott Sanders

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