Cheaha State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located in northern Clay and southwestern Cleburne counties in Alabama. The park's include Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in the state. The park adjoins Talladega National Forest and is managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It is Alabama's oldest continuously operating state park. Facilities include lodgings, a restaurant, campsites, and hiking trails.HistoryThe park opened to the public in 1933. From 1933 to 1939, the Civilian Conservation Corps was active in the park creating Cheaha Lake and building numerous structures including a stone bathhouse, eleven stone cabins, two stone pavilions, Bunker Tower, the Bald Rock Group Lodge, and several hiking trails. A hotel, restaurant, and five chalets were added to the park in 1973.Activities and amenitiesDay-use: The park has day-use areas for picnicking, swimming, and fishing.Scenic overlooks: Cheaha Mountain is topped with Bunker Tower, a stone building with an observation deck on top. A wheelchair-accessible wooden walkway on the Bald Rock Trail provides another overlook of the surrounding region.Hiking: The park features the Cheaha Trailhead of the Pinhoti Trail system which weaves through the Talladega National Forest and connects to the Appalachian Trail.Overnight stays: The park has 73 modern campsites and a smaller number of semi-primitive campsites. Accommodations also include a 30-room hotel, chalets, and cabins. The Bald Rock Group Lodge is used for conferences and weddings.Make Cheaha State Park part of your personalized Delta itinerary using our Delta trip generator.
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We are so happy we stumbled upon Cheaha State Park while on our cross-country adventure. We enjoyed the primitive and semi-primitive camping spots (both were lovely), we jumped in the mountain lake (s... more »
It is a shame that the state park that holds Alabama's highest peak is actually pretty run-down. We did tent camping for a weekend and the electricity boxes we paid for didn't work. The Maintenance ma... more »
This park is a treasure and has so much to offer but I feel that it has been seriously neglected over the past several years. The stairwell of the observation tower was poorly lighted...most didn't wo... more »
The views were absolutely stunning. Be careful on Pulpit trail, but the view from there will leave you completely speechless. I just stayed on those rocks all day, and watched the forest down below. This place is amazing. The staff is extremely friendly. I really loved it here, and had an absolutely wonderful time. Will definitely have to come back soon!!
Breathtaking views, trails are spectacular didn't come for the amenities came for the views and nature which have exceeded my expectations plus most of the leaves are turning creating bright vibrant colors in most places. The trails are kept clean and the hiking is beautiful, the views are stunning. I love how clean this park is with all the traffic it gets. You can easily spend the weekend here and see something different every time. The restaurant offers some of the best views I've ever seen with a meal which makes the experience even more incredible. Highly recommend giving this place a try and staying a few nights. I enjoyed it immensely. Plus in the Fall when the leaves are changing it's simply breathtaking to see all the colors, the park comes alive with the colors almost like paintings everywhere or fireworks of batches of these beautiful colors.
Great experience. Would love to find the time to hike some of these trails. Hotel room clean and comfortable, restaurant offers good food at reasonable prices with very pleasant service. Views are amazing!
Very peaceful and romantic place... In the area are few beautiful hikes, beautiful views, waterfall. The water is crystal clear and refreshing so I had to take my shoes off and jump in.. 😆 If you decide go to this place there are activities and places to see for whole day , so definitely you don't want to have a late start. ...Cabins are right in middle of nature with gorgeous views. One of the trail is very easy and has a great access to the view so also handicap person on the wheelchair and older people can enjoy piece of nature. Next to the restaurant is swimming pool also with view on mountains... The restaurant has an amazing fresh food for very low prices... I was very ,very impress. All personal is also nice and friendly. Front of the restaurant has outside sitting with beautiful view, so after ur dinner just relax and enjoy romantic sunset and beautiful nature.... I hope you will have same beautiful experience as me...Have a great trip:)
I reserved two primitive sites for a family camping excursion. I drove 2.5 hours to the park. When I arrived at the sites, the first thing I noticed was broken beer bottles. Also there was what appeared to be construction site scraps the previous campers left behind. They were using it for firewood. The scraps were treated lumber which was (for obvious reasons) was of no use to me. There was trash all over both sites. There was a fire ant infestation as well. Needlessly to say, I phoned my family and redirected them to a better campground located in North Georgia (Georgia DNR keeps their parks in top notch order) and I myself made the 5 hour drive to our new destination. The best part is, Cheaha Campground refused to issue a refund. $60 and 7 hours of driving for a site full of broken glass, trash, and fire ants. I will most likely never got camping in Alabama again. Thanks Cheaha
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