Rhododendron Trail

Fort Payne, Alabama

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The Rhododendron Trail provides an easy-to-moderate walk through DeSoto State Park. The western section follows gentle rolling hills; the eastern section has the added challenge of large rocks and possibly downed trees. The trail is lined with rhododendron bushes that bloom in late spring. The path takes you past Indian and Lodge Falls. Situated at an elevation of about 1,750 feet on top of Lookout Mountain, DeSoto State Park includes the beginnings of Little River Canyon. The Rhododendron Trail gets its name, quite obviously, from the dense collection of rhododendron bushes that line the way, particularly along the banks of the west fork of the Little River.The off-white blossoms and their sweet fragrance fill the air in late spring, usually peaking by the third week of May. Trail Surface: Primarily dirt path.

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"The Rhododendron Trail provides an easy-to-moderate walk through DeSoto State Park. The western section follows gentle rolling hills; the eastern section has the added challenge of large rocks and possibly downed trees. The trail is lined with rhododendron bushes that bloom in late spring. The path takes you past Indian and Lodge Falls.

Situated at an elevation of about 1,750 feet on top of Lookout Mountain, DeSoto
State Park includes the beginnings of Little River Canyon. The Rhododendron Trail gets its name, quite obviously, from the dense collection of rhododendron bushes that line the way, particularly along the banks of the west fork of the Little River.The off-white blossoms and their sweet fragrance fill the air in late spring, usually peaking by the third week of May.

Trail Surface: Primarily dirt path."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fort Payne
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,510 feet
Top Elevation: 1,510 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: DeSoto State Park
Local Maps: USGS Valley Head AL-GA, Jamestown AL-GA
Driving Directions: Directions to Rhododendron Trail

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May 2018