DeSoto Falls Campground

Cleveland, Georgia
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Ownership: US Forest Service
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Posted by: Jeff Barber on November 18, 2005

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.


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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.

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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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Reviews of DeSoto Falls Campground

Reviewed by Wayne Allen on July 11, 2014

(2 out of 2 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 12, 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

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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 October 31, 2011

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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 22, 2008

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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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DeSoto Falls Campground 4.20 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.

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