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Old 03-17-2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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DeSoto SP, AL or Cloudland Canyon SP, GA

We are looking at the two mentioned above for a 9 day stay the last 2 wks. of Apr. Both look very good and need some opinions on which one is better for the 2 of us with our 2 dogs. Both are about the same distance and we will be staying at Georgia Veterans SP, GA on the way. Anybody?
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Do you have to pick? They're both wonderful! We have been to both of these parks in the past year. (Tent camping... we're restoring our Airstream and we've only had it a little over a month.)

DeSoto has recently updated their campground. We stayed at the pioneer campground but did use the shower facilities and checked out the regular campground. The bathrooms are great, well maintained, and updated. It seemed like there were lots of pull through sites. The park is beautiful. There's lots of good hiking. The hiking at DeSoto is really accessible. We felt like we could hike all day. There are ups and downs in the terrain but nothing terribly strenuous. You could do a little at time or take a long hike by linking trails together. If you go to Desoto then the Little River Canyon National Park is close and it's worth a visit too... (But don't take the Airstream that day.... there is a crazy hairpin road around the canyon.)

Cloudland Canyon is beautiful too. At this park you have to pick which campground to stay, East Rim or West Rim. (We stayed at the West Rim campground in our tent.) It seems like the East Rim campground was set up for RVs/Campers/Trailers but there are suitable sites in both the East Rim and West Rim campgrounds. Cloudland Canyon has great hiking too! The trails at this park are more strenuous and longer than at DeSoto. We found the hikes to be "worth it" though. The park is beautiful!
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Pictures of the Parks

Hiking at Desoto State Park...
(The second picture is of the quarry built and used by FDR's CCC.)
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Thanks so much for posting those pictures We have made reservations for the DeSoto Park
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...We have made reservations for the DeSoto Park
I think you will enjoy the park. We did.

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You're welcome. I hope you have a wonderful time!
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