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As of today, Monday the 31st, the 1st Day Waterfall Hike for tomorrow is still being held. At the last weather outlook, it is going to be raining, with a high temp of 52 and low of 43. For those NOT wishing to hike in the rain, this hike will probably be held again sometime in the month of January. For those that DO wish to go be sure to be prepared with rain gear, snacks (lunch), water, and boots/shoes that can handle muddy terrain, and a hiking stick if that is your preference. Let’s go see those waterfalls!

Meet at 10:00 a.m. (central) at the DeSoto State Park Country Store.

If you need directions to the park, see  for a list of directions.

Please note: We do not recommend the use of GPS or mobile devices to find the park.


1st Day Hike: Waterfall Hike at DeSoto State Park
New Year's Day-2013

Laurel Falls      
Join DeSoto State Park Staff for a fun day of hiking thought-out the park to see some of DeSoto’s waterfalls, big & small. See Lost Falls, Laurel Falls, Indian Falls, Lodge Falls, even more water features like Laurel Creek & the West Fork of Little River. Come on out and burn those calories while enjoying the Great Outdoors!
The trail would be moderate, rugged terrain over 5 to 6 miles.
An optional side-trip to take at the end of the hike would be to drive to DeSoto Falls, an 104 foot waterfall located 6 miles away from DSP’s Country Store.

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 state 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: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Where: Meet at the DeSoto State Park Country Store.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)

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 call the park before you leave home to check if the hike is still on.

Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.


Hike Leader Contact Information:
Brittney Hughes: 256-601-7593 or 256-997-5025

Directions to Desoto State Park:

Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be unreliable. Please see for a great print-out PDF file of directions to DSP.