Lost Falls Trail

Fort Payne, Alabama 35967

Lost Falls Trail

Lost Falls Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Lost Falls Trail takes you to Laurel Falls, Lost Falls, and Azalea Cascade. Geological highlights include Needle Eye Rock, a boulder that has split in half, leaving an “eye.” The trail also travels by the CR Caves, small cavelike overhangs cut away over the millennia by Laurel Creek. Trail Surface: Dirt path; some rocky slopes.

Water is everywhere at DeSoto State Park, with waterfalls scattered throughout the park and the Little River churning white within Little River Gorge.You’ll also find lush forests and colorful wildflowers. It’s no wonder the park is sometimes called the home of Mother Nature. The park straddles the river and covers more than 5,000 acres within Little River Canyon National Preserve."

Lost Falls Trail Trip Reports

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An easy, relaxing hike that takes you along several small waterfalls, none of which are more than about 12-15 feet in height. The scenery is pretty, but not spectacular. The enormous boulders at the start of the trail were the most impressive sight.

The trails are clearly marked and are in good condition. No one is going to get lost here. The only word of caution is that many trails that are not on the trails.com map intersect with the Lost Falls Trail, so you'll want to get a copy of the trail map at the park store which has all the park trails on it. Like I said, no one is going to get lost here, but it probably wouldn't be very much fun to have to backtrack. Also, the trails.com appears to have a misprint on it. Following the Laurel Falls Trail from the park store (the upper half of this loop), I never did encounter the campground road as printed, and it momentarily confused me.

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Trail Information

Fort Payne
Nearby City
460 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 to 3.5 hours
550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,010 feet
Top Elevation
DeSoto State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Valley Head AL-GA, Jamestown AL-GA
Local Maps

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