The DeSoto Falls picnic and view areas were closed to the public on January 24. All other entrances, trailheads and areas remained accessible to the public.
An update on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website says weather delays caused dredging at DeSoto Falls to take longer than expected. A press release said the project was expected to last 60 days, but park officials warned that inclement weather could impact the completion date.
DeSoto State Park Superintendent Josh Hughes said those impacts remain a factor with physical work yet to be completed at the site, so he’s hesitant to share a specific date with the public to anticipate.
“Thousands of visitors enjoy DeSoto Falls each year, and it’s no secret that we cherish them as a truly special place,” Hughes said. “This temporary closure should make things better than ever for our visitors. That’s the point.
The project began because silt and debris has accumulated along the banks of DeSoto Falls for years, especially during floods or other floods, and the dredging is intended to protect and fortify the area. In addition, the work will allow the park to restore a beach and a designated swimming area.
Additionally, the park also plans to repave the entire parking lot after the dredging project is complete.