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Little Red Boat House—DeSoto State Park (near Fort Payne, Alabama)

Some of the most beautiful and historic country in Alabama, once homeland to the Cherokee, is found in and around DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne Alabama.

The park is named for Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, believed to have passed through countryside during his search for gold in the 1540's.

Some believe, however, de Soto was not the first European to see the rivers, canyons and waterfalls of the region.

Tradition holds that Prince Madoc, a Welsh explorer, may have visited DeSoto Falls as early as the 12th century.

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