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34 - Guntersville State Park, Town Creek and Drive - Kiosk Site


35 - Guntersville Peninsula


36 - Guntersville Dam South


37 - Guntersville Dam North


38 - Goose Pond Colony


39 - North Sauty Creek WMA/Sauta Cave NWR


40 - Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve - Kiosk Site


41 - Skyline Wildlife Management Area


42 - Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area


43 - Stevenson Town Park


44 - Russell Cave National Monument


45 - Gorham's Bluff/Coon Gulf


46 - DeKalb County Public Lake


47 - DeSoto State Park - Azalea Cascade Trail


48 - Little River Canyon National Preserve Drive


49 - Buck's Pocket State Park, Morgan's Cove and South Sauty Creek


50 - Murphy Hill

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Site #47
DeSoto State Park - Azalea Cascade Trail

Northeast Loop

Yellow-throated Vireo Description: DeSoto State Park offers an unequaled display of multiple woodland bird species found in the southeastern United States as well as a staff naturalist and great trails to lead you to them. Species to look for include Pileated, Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers, as well as White-breasted and Brown-headed nuthatches. This mosaic of habitats is home to a great variety of warblers including Hooded, Kentucky, Black-and-White, Blue-winged and even Golden-winged on occasion. In spring and early summer, the forest resounds with the calls of Scarlet Tanagers, Wood Thrushes, and Yellowthroated Vireos, while winter brings flocks of American Goldfinches and Purple Finches from farther north. A clear view of the sky could reveal migrating raptors in spring and fall, such as Red-tailed and Broad-winged hawks, and perhaps even Golden Eagles in winter.

Directions: From Interstate I-59, take Exit 218 and travel south on AL Hwy 35 for 1.2 miles to US Hwy 11. Turn left onto Hwy 11 and head north for 1.2 miles to Hwy 35/5th St. Turn right onto Hwy 35/5th St. and drive south 2.3 miles to the DeSoto Parkway. Turn left onto the parkway and drive north 5.5 miles into the park. The Azalea Cascade Trail is just a bit farther along the parkway.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.4990, W 85.6178
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Handicap Access, Canoeing, Biking, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Picnic Area, Boat Access, Food, Cabins/Lodge, Swimming

Contact Info:
ADCNR, Desoto State Park
13883 County Road 89
Fort Payne, AL 35967
(256) 845-0051