During our time in North Georgia, we actually ventured back over to our home state of Alabama. We had spent the morning not to far from the Georgia-Alabama border at Cloudland Canyon State Park. We had planned to be out all day, so we had packed a picnic lunch. We ended up at DeSoto State Park, which is on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne. It covers 3,000 acres of forests, rivers, waterfalls, and mountainous terrain.
The picnic area overlooks the A.A. Miller Dam. We stuffed our faces with fresh cut cold cut sandwiches, chips, cookies, and Gatorades. Our lunch entertainment was observing people swimming at the top as well as people at the bottom, who were daring enough to stand under the 104-foot waterfall at the edge of the dam. The view was breathtaking.
After we finished our lunch, we hopped in the car and drove around to the Indian Falls trail head.
We had hard time figuring out exactly where it started. The trail was not blazed well and we actually ended up doing the loop backwards, which worked to our advantage. I didn’t really enjoy this hike, to be honest. After a very strenuous and exhausting hike that morning at Cloudland Canyons, I was hoping for a smooth, easy hike. This trail ended up being quite rocky and hard on the feet and ankles.
DeSoto State Park is a beautiful place with lots of hiking trails. I’d like to go back and do a different trail.
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