January 1, 2018 - 1:00pm

Events In & Around DeSoto State Park

First Day Hike-Hike Along the DeSoto Scout Trail
New Year's Day 2018: DeSoto State Park
Start the New Year with a first day hike in DeSoto State Park! Join the DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon Preserve (National Park Service), and JSU Field Schools staff on a beautiful outdoor adventure/hike along the West Fork of Little River on the rugged DeSoto Scout Trail. See historic Civilian Conservation Corps-built structures, waterfalls, and wonderful views of Little River. This hike will be roughly 2 miles total (moderately strenuous terrain). Meet at the DeSoto State Park Country Store for pre-hike orientation.

First Day Hikes are staff-led hikes, held annually on New Year’s Day thru-out the Country, and are designed to encourage visitors to enjoy parks year round and to promote good health and exercise by working off those calories gained during the holidays. Start the New Year off right!

Date: January 1, 2018
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store & Information Center
Time: 1:00 pm
Fee: Free and open to everyone. For details, contact Brittney Hughes at 256-997-5025 email
Things to bring: Plenty of water and/or sports drink, snacks/lunch, hiking poles/staff (optional), sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended) Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather.

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check this page before leaving home.
Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.