Tail Guide Summary
Follow the West Fork of Little River on this scenic sixteen mile hike through DeSoto State Park and into Little River Canyon National Preserve that once used to be Cherokee land.
Follow the hundreds of signs along the trail to easily stay on track and if your so inclined take a dip in the several swimming holes. One of the most popular being “Shigley’s Hole” which is around ten feet deep and surrounded by large, some simply huge, boulders as well a small beach area.
Continue along the river or cross and take the unofficial “Alpine Trail” up the east rim of the river with more beautiful rock formations and eventually connects back to the original trail.
DeSoto State Park also has 11 miles of biking trails to enjoy from easy to fairly hard and two gorgeous waterfalls. A great place for a family outing or a place to enjoy with friends.
Location: Fort Payne-Dekalb County, AL, U.S.
Elevation: 1,570 feet.
Elevation Gain: 230 feet.
Length: 6 Miles.
Est. Time: 4 to 6 hours.
Difficulty: Easy to medium.
Trail Type: In and out/Point to point.
Acreage: 3,502 acres.
Park Type: State.
Fires Allowed: Yes.
Biking: Easy to hard.
Horseback Riding: Yes.
Rock Climbing: Bouldering.
Maps and Directions
7104 Desoto Pkwy NE Fort Payne, AL 35967
DeSoto State Park is located RT 89 (DeSoto Parkway) and can be accessed by the Valley Head or HWY 35/Fort Payne exits on I59. There are plenty of signs along the way to lead you there.
To get to the backcountry trail-head from DeSoto State Park take a left onto 476 for about 2 miles. Pass Oakhill church and take your second left onto Dunn Road. From there you will signs for the backcountry trail-head.
GPS 34.500685, -85.618753