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DeSoto State Park Lodge & Cabins
Blanchester, Ohio
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10 reviews
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“Excellent, Great, Terrific State Park”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

We camped here in march 2014. The camp site itself was so clean, with nice clean crush gravel and very level sites. Sites are very private and have nice little trails to the very polish clean bathhouse. This place has electric, water, sewer and CABLE! Great trails, a great little canyon to hike or drive around, small little town Mentone to shop or eat. Fort Payne is home of the band Alabama, their fan club and monument stand in the middle of town. This was the best campground I have stayed in yet! I highly recommend you go to this park, you will love it and won't want to leave. We stayed for 8 days and loved everything it had to offer. We plan to return next year on our way home from Florida, same time same excellent place.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lexington, South Carolina
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

We camped here for four days in our RV. I would hope all Alabama State Park campgrounds are as beautiful and well run as this campground. We arrived early in the morning due to the time change that we did not take into account. The office does not open until 9 AM, but they checked us in early so we could get settled. While we reserved a pull through site, we found a back in we liked better and called the office to find them accommodating as to our requested change. All sites have electric (30/50), water, sewer and cable TV. Additionally they have a raised BBQ grill and a fire pit. While some sites are fully paved, most are crushed gravel. We found them to be extremely level side to side and needed no leveling. During our stay we experienced heavy rains, but he campground is well drained and once the rains cleared the water was quickly drained away form the camp sites. Free internet is available at the camp store which is a short drive or an even shorter walk through the woods from the campground (lower back in sites). Numerous hiking trails, a playground for the kids and a pool (seasonal) provide plenty of activities to fill your days. The bath houses are newly remodeled and include washers and dryers at a reasonable charge. This is one of the best campgrounds we have visited!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Trussville, Alabama
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We stayed at the lodge hotel on Feb. 22, 2014 in room 120. The rooms are a little dated but clean. Dated: not to be confused with torn fabrics, ripped up furniture, damaged and smelly carpets. I believe that have done their best with the budget they have. We took advantage of the special they have until April 30th, $69 a night per couple (THAT IS TOTAL) and that includes a terrific hot breakfast buffet with eggs cook to order.

The room we stayed in has the creek ,which was rushing some due to all the rain we’ve had, between buildings. It was so cool. There is the typical room set up with coffee maker, hair dryer, small microwave, iron and toiletries. Each room has rocking chairs out facing the creek. It’s a delightful setup. A great experience all the way around including the delicious breakfast and the very warm and friendly and accommodating staff!

I would highly recommend for couples weekend, family stay and reunions. It's super close to Mentone and the great Little River Canyon, a MUST see! I've probably told 12 of my coworkers and posted on FB. Go confidently in the direction of the great Alabama Outdoors, you won't regret it. Let your spirit breathe and rest and renew. And if you can, have a picnic on the canyon rim.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

Great little state park near Mentone, AL and Little River Canyon. Mentone is a cute little town with a few arts and crafts shops. My fav is Miracle Pottery and had great lunch at Wildflower cafe. The campground has spacious sites, clean restrooms, and full hookup including cable. I've also stayed at lodge and it too is a good value. The lodge restaurant is good with very friendly staff. Rangers are nice and the park seems to have fun activities periodically as well. We also enjoyed the mt bike trails and humongous rocks! Desoto falls down the road is very pretty and little river canyon is worth a visit too! Great weekend getaway!

  • Stayed November 2013
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West Branch, Michigan
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

My boyfriend and I traveled to Fort Payne on a roadtrip from Michigan. We arrived at the park the afternoon of Sept, 20th, 2013. The park staff was helpful and we got our map(very off scale) and headed out to the waterfalls......we were very frustrated to see that there were NO waterfalls! I understand the weather predicts how much water flows through the falls and its just nature, however it was clear nothing had flowed for quite some time. It would have been much more appreciated if the staff had mentioned that when sending us out on our hike....(through the giant spider webs and their inhabitants). I have no desire to ever return although I believe the falls would be very beautiful in the Spring. I just have a bad taste in my mouth about the experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alabama
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40 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We have always camped at this park and the campground is wonderful. We stayed at the Lodge for the first time and were nicely surprised at how lovely the accommodations are. I asked before making the reservation about the condition (age, etc.) of the mattresses and was told that they had been replaced within the last 2-3 years. The room we stayed in was a king bed. Although the hotel is older, it is nicely updated with a microwave and flat screen TV. There was a small deck off the back overlooking the stream area.

We had breakfast in the lodge restaurant and the service was good, atmosphere was clean and I had a vegetable omelet that was wonderful.

Would recommend this lodge anytime. The rates are good, also.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2013

We took a couple of days off and took a road trip to see the waterfalls Beautiful ,we went during the week so peaceful and quiet. Thanks you Alabama! You are beautiful. The restaurant in the park was very good. I love your coffee!!!! Can't wait to visit another park we will support our country in every way we can!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: DeSoto State Park Lodge & Cabins
Address: 1299 Blalock Dr NE, Fort Payne, AL 35967-7915
Region: United States > Alabama > Fort Payne
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Fort Payne
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 3,502-acre park provides lodging facilities including: Mountain Chalets, Log and Rustic Cabins, Motel Rooms, and an Improved Campground with 94 full-hookup tent and RV sites. For the more adventurous, there are also Primitive Camping sites for tents as well as 2 backcountry campsites with shelters. No matter what type of lodging you might prefer or have need of, we have it! DeSoto State Park is conveniently located only 8 miles northeast of Fort Payne, Alabama; and DeSoto Falls - also part of DeSoto State Park - is located about 7 miles north of the park heading towards Mentone, Alabama. ... more   less 

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