DeSoto Falls Campground


4.22 out of 5
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Campground Description

Located in the north Georgia mountains, this area offers camping, hiking, and fishing along beautiful Frogtown Creek. Desoto Falls Recreation Area offers 24 campsites equipped with tent pads, picnic tables and grills.
Contact: US Forest Service (
Posted by: Jeff Barber on November 18, 2005
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    Campground Activities

    Hiking along the 2-mile Desoto Falls Trail is a popular activity among visitors. The first mile of the trail is fairly easy and leads to two waterfalls. The last mile of the trail is considerably more difficult and strenuous.

    Campground Amenities

    Desoto Falls Recreation Area has toilets and drinking water available. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, tent pad and grill.

    Camping Fees

    Area is open from late April until late November. A fee is required for camping and day use parking. This area is open 24 hours a day for campers use.

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    Q: How is the hiking here? Are there many trails walking distance from campground? -Guest

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    Reviews of DeSoto Falls Campground

    Reviewed by Brent Doddridge on February 13, 2017

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    Falls where great. Traffic was loud.
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    Reviewed by yellowbus on September 17, 2015

    (3 out of 4 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    My husband and I have been camping at DeSoto Falls for years and have always appreciated the large private campsites and beautiful falls and trail along the creek. With a downturn in the economy, the park took on a neglected feel for a few years, no regular campground hosts, grounds in need of care. Now it is well-kept and hosts Brenda and Doug make sure everyone knows they are there to take care of things. We appreciated their help when we needed it on our visit last night. Will definitely be back.
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    Reviewed by Mackenziecole1 on September 15, 2015

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    This is a perfect place for small kids. I took my two daughters - age 6 and 4 - for their first ever camping trip here. It couldn't have been better. The camp hosts are very nice and helpfull. The bathroom facilities on the lower loop are great - clean and running water toilets.. showers even - though we didn't use them. Really nice wooded spots with plenty of room from other sites. Will be returning as soon as possible. Can't beat the $12 fee - and overall great campsite.
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    Response by Kneveridge on October 4, 2015

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    We plan on going with 6 year old daughter this month. I was worried about the fact that sites are first come and no reservations. Was that an issue for you? Are the spots secluded and wooded? By water?
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    Reviewed by Laney Davis Allen on May 23, 2015

    (2 out of 2 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Good news for DeSoto Falls campers. Doug and Brenda Ayers returned to the park this year. Once again it is safe to camp here. I would have given this fantastic park a solid 5 except the park service ruined the facilities 3 years ago when they demolished the four flush toilets and installed one outhouse. Thankfully, there is a contractor that comes through twice a week to clean the outhouse so the awful all consuming stench is not as bad as it once was in the upper loop. The service also ruined the beautiful and most coveted site 14 by cutting down and leaving huge trees that used to provide lots of shade and places to tie off shelter. Doug & Brenda keep the weeds cut back, the road cleared, the sites blown off and the campfire rings cleaned out. You can tell they love this park and treat as their own. We look forward to spending many more vacations here.
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    Reviewed by Wayne Allen on July 11, 2014

    (5 out of 6 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    This was once the best campground in all of North Georgia. My family has camped here since 1979, for over 40 years this was our paradise. The hosts were always helpful, especially Doug & Brenda Ayers. They kept the grounds immaculate, cutting back growth, cleaning the sites and digging out the fire rings. Then "progress and improvements" came along and the paradise is gone forever! Four flush toilets replaced by two "power stinkers!" No one will host anymore which encourages thievery, loss of revenue (no one to enforce payment) abuse of posted rules (I've seen 7 cars and 20 people on one site on weekends) which overloads the facilities. I could go on but its a waste of time. I'm just thankful I have my memories of when DeSoto was at its peak.
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    Reviewed by Cliff Turner on September 13, 2012

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    Great spot. Only $12/night for tent camping. Spot #14 is the most secluded, the creek is nice to listen to while you sleep. Nice table and lantern pole, fire ring has a grill grate. Road noise can be a problem. Hosts were extremely gracious, loaned us 2 quilts because we forgot ours at home! Short hike to each waterfall. No electricity in the bathrooms, so no hair dryers for the ladies! Outdoor shower is nice, but the water isn't very warm, so plan accordingly in cold weather! Basically the same as Vogel, but $13/night cheaper and no electricity/water at each site. There are several spigots for water that pump freshly drawn spring water!
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    Reviewed by LightFoot on February 16, 2012

    (4 out of 8 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    I love this campground. The facilities were good. There are creeks running between campsites. There is enough space to be comfortable. The trailhead to the falls is at the campground. The only drawback to this place is the proximity to the roadway. All in all, I highly recommend this one.
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    Reviewed by Sarah Hikes on November 1, 2011

    (7 out of 10 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    This was a very nice campground. We found a site right next to a small creek so we got to hear the sound of the water as we layed in our tent. There was a bathroom and an outdoor shower. It is a very wooded area and pretty secluded, although it is right next to a main road so the big trucks going by were loud.
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    Reviewed by campmaggot on June 23, 2008

    (12 out of 18 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Camped 2007. Nice quiet place. Have to be careful of entrance especially if you are towing or have a motorhome. Most motorhomes would not be able to navigate the area so pop-ups and tents are the norm here. Be careful of bears so food storage procedures are a must. Great place to have solitude.
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