Top Answers To Desoto State Park Travel Questions
DeSoto offers a primitive campground with 20 sites; $12 per tent. Pets are permitted, so long as they're kept on a leash at all times. Likewise, pets are permitted in Little River Canyon National Preserve. You can camp there but not in the canyon itself; the good news, though, is that camping is free at three designated primitive sites in the Backcountry Area (Slant Rock, Billy's Ford, and Hartline Ford). It doesn't look that far from Boaz to Little River Canyon, so my guess is you can do the ride in a day, spend a night or two in the park, and then head home. Total cost: nada.
According to www.google.com/maps, it will take about seven hours to get from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Desoto State Park, Alabama. Schedule a stop in Asheville or Great Smoky Mountains National Park if you want to break things up. Also keep in mind that the route through the Smokies is on some windy roadways, some of it through double-lane tunnels, so it can get a little slow there if you get stuck behind a line of RVs or trucks.