Desoto Falls

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

Betsy and I have been to Desoto State Park in Alabama several times. It’s a wonderful park with waterfalls, hiking trails and a beautiful mountain setting. One of the main attractions of the park is Desoto Falls. All of these pictures are from a visit we made to the falls in 2013. This was part of a birthday surprise that Betsy had arranged for me.

There is a dam just above Desoto Falls which forms Desoto State Park Lake. Although the dam is not part of the waterfall, it too, is a beautiful sight.

The official viewing area for Desoto Falls offers only a side view of the waterfall. It’s a nice view, but Betsy and I had seen pictures of the waterfall from a different vantage point and we wanted to find it.

After talking to one of the park rangers we were told that it was possible to bushwhack to a view of the falls by following a primitive trail almost two miles from the official viewing area. We found the trailhead without too much difficulty and hiked back toward the waterfall.

After a while we were rewarded with this view of Desoto Falls. We weren’t as close we were at the official viewing area, but we both liked the view we were able to enjoy.

In some ways we hope that the primitive trail is not upgraded — we can keep this beautiful spot as our very own secret.

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11 Responses to “Desoto Falls”

  1. kim blades, writer Says:

    Hello. I would also want that primitive trail to remain undiscovered by hordes of hikers. What a special and beautiful place. The water looks stunning, cool, clear and unspoilt.

  2. Jeevan Says:

    Lovely waterfalls and nice recreation of dam which adds another flow of waterfall… Glad u able to make up that trail, to capture the cascading waterfalls from the front!

  3. Larry Says:

    Great shots George. We were there last year but only saw it from the normal viewing area.

  4. dayphoto Says:

    I love that water…an most unusual color! Great photos!

  5. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    What a difference between the waterfall and the dam. The waterfall is wild. The dam is so smooth, like glass on the top. and then it pours down in a controlled way. Beautiful pictures!

  6. rhiebert Says:

    Both views are amazing. Trust George and Betsy to find an alternate viewing area.😊

  7. Betsy Says:

    What awesome pictures from DeSoto Falls…. I loved finding the way to get better pictures of the entire waterfall/dam…. BUT–your second picture of the dam is FANTASTIC….. Loved them all though.


  8. Suz Says:

    What a lovely ‘secret’ hike for you both. Gorgeous photos!

  9. Sartenada Says:

    What a great post. Your photos are admirable beautiful. Thank You.

  10. Linda, Shenandoah Valley Says:

    Oh, I was there once but it was over 40 years ago. I was stunned because I had no idea Alabama had such dramatic scenery.

  11. Rachel McAlpine Says:

    I love that you have turned the phrase “senior moments” into moments of joy and delight. Thank you. Why should it bbe derogatory?

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