Desoto Falls offers visitors something for every season. During the summer, water lovers can rent kayaks and travel 4-miles upstream. During the falls, the turning leaves and the iconic boat house make for stunning photographs. During the winter and spring, water levels are at their highest, which is why we colloquially call this waterfall season.
Desoto Falls is in a separate portion of Desoto Falls State Park called the Desoto Falls Picnic Area, about 6-miles north of the main park. It requires a $4 day-use fee, which is conveniently payable by credit card. Also, it’s separate from the Desoto Falls trail parking, which is 1.9-mile out-and-back to the river.
Once you’re in the park, you’ll enjoy the small cascade flowing over the historic A. A. Miller Dam and the Desoto State Park Lake behind the dam. A 50-step long staircase decorated with mosaic tiles takes you to a railed overlook where you can see the 107′ Lower Desoto Falls.
Pro-tip: arrive early to take the best photographs. You’ll be shooting south and east directly into the sun for most of the day.