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Never Never Land Backcountry Campsite   CCC Quarry Backcountry Campsite

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.

  

 

There are 2 backcountry campsites to choose from at DeSoto State Park:

Never Never Land Backcountry Campsite

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

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.
DeSoto State Park Map with Backpacking Sites(PDF) 

  An 8 ft. by 10 ft. opens 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

Follow these signs to the Backcountry Sites

Follow these signs to the Backcountry Sites

  Overnight backpackers are entitled to camp at a designated backcountry campsite only. Backpackers are not entitled to use the improved campground facilities.
Registration for these sites can be done thru DeSoto State Park’s Country Store & Information Center. Call 256.845.5075 for reservations.
Country Store Hours:
Open Daily - 9:00 Am - 5:00 PM
Note for campers:
If the store is closed or it is after-store hours, stop in at DeSoto State Park’s Lodge or call 256.845.5380 to register for camping.
Contact email: DeSoto.Campground@dcnr.alabama.gov

Backcountry Campsite Fees:
Backpacking fees are $15.00 for up to 4 persons plus 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.

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

Reservations: 256-845-5075 OR 1-800-ALA-PARK

MAKE AN ONLINE RESERVATION

 
  • 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.

  • 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. 

FOR THE COMPLETE RULES AND GUIDELINES ON USING DESOTO STATE PARK’S BACKCOUNTRY CAMPSITES

CLICK HERE

 

 

Outdoor Alabama Magazine Article - Backcountry Camping (PDF) 

February 6, 2013, Fort Payne High School Ag Science class begins work on an open backcountry shelter, located at the Quarry Backcountry Campsite.

Estimated completion: March 15, 2013

 

DeSoto State Park Contact Info

Country Store - Call for Reservations!
Improved & Primitive Campgrounds-Backcountry Campsites
256.845.5075 OR 800.252.7275
DeSoto.Campground@dcnr.alabama.gov

Lodge - Call for Reservations!
Chalets, Rustic & Log Cabins
1299 Blalock Drive NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
256.845.5380 OR 800.568.8840
DeSoto.StateParkLodge@dcnr.alabama.gov

Headquarters
7104 DeSoto Parkway NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
256.845.0051
DeSoto.StatePark@dcnr.alabama.gov

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