DeSoto State Park’s Backcountry Campsites are a one-of-a-kind camping experience, for those that prefer a camping site with a more rustic view of nature.

To reach these sites you must carry in your supplies over a distance of a couple of miles.

Trail Map showing backpacking sites(PDF file)

Backpacking campsite information (PDF file)

There are 2 backpacking campsites to choose from in DeSoto State Park:


Never-Never Land Backcountry Campsite
Latitude N34.49313     Longitude W-085.63768
Located in the Forever Wild Tract purchased in 2005, this back country campsite sits near an un-named seasonal stream.  The area was nick-named Never-Never Land, by the many Mountain Bike volunteers who built the trails in the area.  The shortest route to this backcountry campsite is .75 miles from the Lost Falls Trailhead.  Longer routes can be taken by accessing other trails.

An 8 ft. by 10 ft. trail-side shelter was added to the Never-Never Land Backcountry Campsite in the fall of 2011 and was made possible through a partnership between Alabama State Parks, National Park Service and NASA

CCC Quarry Backcountry Campsite
Latitude N34.50678  Longitude W-085.62658
The CCC Quarry backcountry campsite is located northeast of the old Civilian Conservation Corps quarry off the white trail.  One of the shortest routes to this backcountry campsite is 1.1 miles from the Country Store parking lot, following the white trail.

An 8 ft. by 10 ft. open shelter was added to the CCC Quarry Backcountry Campsite in the winter of 2013 and was constructed by the Fort Payne High School Ag Class.

Overnight backpackers are entitled to camp at a designated backpacking campsite only. Backpackers are not entitled to use the improved campground facilities.

 

Backcountry Campsite Fees:

  • $16.50 for up to 4 persons plus 13% lodgings tax.  Extra $2 per person for a mximum of 6 people.

Backcountry Sites are limited to a maximum of 6 people and 2 tents.

One-time Convenience Fee for all overnight accommodations - $4.00
3% Resort Fee applied to each night

Reservations may be made by phone, online, or in person, otherwise, backcountry sites are registered on a first come first serve basis.

SPECIAL NOTE TO CAMPERS: The Country Store will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, December 1, 2015 through March 14, 2016. 
Winter hours: Thursdays through Mondays - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST).  

CAMPING REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR AFTER HOURS OR WHEN STORE IS CLOSED: If you arrive after hours or on closed days you may stop in the Lodge Office or call 256-845-0051 to register.

Make an Online Reservation  DeSoto State Park Rate Sheet

 

Regulations: 

  • All backpackers must register and pay backpacking fees at least one hour before sunset. No one will be allowed to register or start on the trail system any later. Sunset times change with the seasons so plan your arrival accordingly.
  • Vehicles must be parked at designated trailheads or parking areas with a vehicle pass displayed in the windshield.
  • Please make sure all doors are locked before leaving vehicle. Valuables left in vehicles should be placed out of sight. DeSoto State Park is not responsible for stolen or damaged property.
  • 2:00 PM Checkout.  Notify park staff upon safe exit.
  • All minors must be accompanied by a legal adult.

Important Backpacking Campsite Information

  • It is recommended that all drinking water be packed in
  • Carry out all cans, bottles, aluminum foil, or other trash. THE BURNING OR BURYING OF TRASH IS PROHIBIITED.
  • FIRES ARE ALLOWED IN DESIGNATED FIRE PITS ONLY, UNLESS UNDER NO BURN RESTRICTIONS.
  • Only dead and down wood may be gathered for firewood.
  • Thoroughly extinguish campfires leaving no smoke or embers before leaving backcountry sites.
  • Backing type stoves are recommended for cooking.
  • Pets are allowed under the Alabama State Park RegulationsPets and Animals (220-5-.05)
  • Bringing a dog, cat or other animal into a State Park unless it is crated, caged or upon a leash not longer than 6 feet or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times shall be unlawful.
  • No person shall keep a noisy, vicious, or dangerous dog or animal or one which is disturbing other persons, in a State Park and remain therein after he has been asked by a Park officer to leave. 

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in its hiring or employment practices nor in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities.