The Civil Conversation Corp is responsible for many of Alabama’s parks and finding the hidden beauty within. This short walk will take you by several CCC features including a rock stairway and shelter. The hike begins in the Desoto Swimming Pool area on the north side of the parking lot. The trail is marked with a brown trail sign displaying a hiker. As you make your way down the path, you will cross a small wooden bridge before turning back towards the back of the pool. Luscious vegetation can be found in this area including several varieties of evergreens like hollies.
As you continue along you will intersect the Desoto Scout Trail or DST. Taking a slight left, you will follow the trail along the ridgeline. There are several places to stop for a great view of the river below. You will come to the CCC Shelter. The shelter provides a great view of the river and the rock faces across. You may have already noticed some other CCC artifacts along the way, like the rock stairs and rock staircase (just over the bridge). The CCC helped structure many aspects of the park and their structures live on today.
If you’re looking for a quick hike, with a great view of Little River; this is the trail for you. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the shelter or combine this quick walk with one of the other many trails available at Desoto State Park.
Trail head is located on the north side of the swimming area parking lot. During winter months you will need to park by the tennis courts, as the swimming area is chained off.