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Cherokee Rock Village, Collinsville

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This rock outcropping atop Lookout Mountain has been known by many names over the years including Cherokee Rock Village, Little Rock City, Sand Rock and Sandrock. It is believed to have been of ceremonial importance to Native Americans. The view of Weiss Lake and the surrounding area is spectacular. Cherokee Rock Village has been popular with rock climbers since the early 1970s even before there was a road to the site. Just as with Cornwall Furnace, the society pushed for years to get the site turned into a public park. Society President, Col. Robert N. Mann, was authorized by the Cherokee County Commission to begin negotiations with Georgia Kraft to acquire the site in December, 1973. In 1974, Georgia Kraft agreed to donate the 20 acres of land that encompassed the outcropping. There were stipulations that the site had to be developed into a park and an access road had to be built to the site. The access road to the site would be built by the county. The county soon decided more land would be needed to make a usable park and negotiations resumed for additional acreage. Once again, Col. Mann began talks with Georgia Craft and The Nature Conservancy in November, 1976. In April, 1977, The Nature Conservancy purchased a total of 200 acres from Georgia Kraft for $15,000.00 for use as a public park. This 200 acres included the 20 acres that been involved in the prior negotiations. This accomplished the Society's goal of the site being preserved as a public access area. Today, the site remains a popular place for rock climbers, hikers and others who go to enjoy the outdoors. Some scenes for the film "Failure to Launch", starring Matthew McConaughey, were filmed at the Cherokee Rock Village.

The park is owned and operated by the Public Parks and Recreation Board of Cherokee County, 101 West Main Street Centre, AL. 35960. (256) 927-2757

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Daily Admission:

Cars: $5

10-passenger Vans and Buses: $10

Camping:

Cars: $10 per night per vehicle

RVs and Buses $20

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  • Large area on a ridge providing awesome views. There is a $7 fee, more for camping. There are some serious and rocky trails which we didn't do. We had our lunch and walked around the edge among... 
    Large area on a ridge providing awesome views. There is a $7 fee, more for camping. There are some serious and rocky trails which we didn't do. We had our lunch and walked around the edge among...  more »
  • Spent 3 or so hours exploring the park. Neat park climbing around the various rock formations and like others have said some great views of Lake Weiss and the river below. Visit on the weekend if....  more
    Spent 3 or so hours exploring the park. Neat park climbing around the various rock formations and like others have said some great views of Lake Weiss and the river below. Visit on the weekend if....  more »
  • We hiked and climbed around for a couple of hours. My whole family loved it! Very nice facilities, playground, pavilion and bathroom. Very well done! 
    We hiked and climbed around for a couple of hours. My whole family loved it! Very nice facilities, playground, pavilion and bathroom. Very well done!  more »
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  • Absolutely Amazing! Great place to spend the day with your family or just your partner. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the atmosphere. There's picnic tables, camping areas, and play area for the children. Also if you're young and brave enough there's plenty of rocks for climbing. Of course it's lots of fun. Just to watch the young ones climbing like we did. Come on and enjoy, Our little slice of Heaven Cherokee County, Alabama.
  • I live in Florida and there is no other place closer for rock climbing than Alabama (indoor climbing excluded). The crags are quite nice. Good bathrooms, nice camping area but overall super nice routes if you are a 5.10's climber.
  • Went to a rock climbing class here and camped. Great place to climb. Loads of camp sites (Primitive sites. For real camping - in tents, not RVs. I think they have some RV spots behind the bathhouse but I'm really not sure; there weren't any RVs there when we went, and I wouldn't really want to drive anything that big up there anyway.) Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Check-in was very easy. It's not cheap but that's kind of a good thing. Keeps some of the rabble out. Not all, but some. There's a shop in the entrance building with a pretty good selection of basic supplies, souvenirs and snacks. I'm not a serious rock climber so I can't really comment on how good the climbing is. For the class we took - beginner basics of outdoor climbing - it seemed perfect. We used 3 or 4 routes which were moderately challenging even for people in our class with previous climbing experience. Maybe 75' to the top? That was just one small area. There were several other rocks and it wasn't crowded. We had fun. The weather was really bad the Friday and Saturday before our class so we couldn't really see which sites we were on. It's pitch black up there at night and no street lights. We just wanted to be pretty close to the bathhouse. Fairly clean bath facility but I'm not sure the water heaters were working. Showers never got very warm. Saturday morning we realized we had a great view of the valley. Couldn't see the lake until Sunday when the fog burned off but it was a beautiful view. The sites have fire pits and picnic tables (they also sell firewood at the entrance). Ground is pretty good, not many rocks or pine cones to deal with before we put up the tents. There's a large pavilion at the bathhouse with a dozen or more picnic tables. Seemed pretty clean although there were a couple of bullet holes in the vending machine which was mildly concerning. (No idea how long the holes had been there; I've read that they used to have some trouble with rowdy locals before the county took over the place and made it a park, so hopefully those problems are in the past.) They had some sort of church service in the pavilion on Sunday morning. I think it was a native American thing. Only a handful of people there. No idea if that's a regular event or what. It's miles to stores so be sure you have what you need. Otherwise, plan on driving up and down the mountain road and into town to get stuff. There is a pretty good restaurant near the bottom of the mountain but that's still a bit of a drive, especially in the dark and fog. Other than that restaurant and the store at the park entrance, there's nothing between here and the nearest towns, Leesburg or Center. Overall, and not counting the weather, we had a good time camping and climbing here.
  • Stellar climbing area worth spending a weekend or more at. Did self check-in after arriving late. Access to clean drinking water and restrooms (including warm showers!) even in February.
  • I love going here. The views are beautiful and the rocks are fun. They have climbing gear for sale in the office and they stay open until 10pm. I don't know how to climb yet but I'm learning how to climb on the rocks that are easier to get up on. There are a couple really scary gaps to jump if you like that. My boyfriend loves jumping the gaps but I only do it when he is there to save me if I slip. I normally go on weekdays but I went camping Saturday night and there were at least 200 people there, probably more. I normally go places where I'm more secluded but it was cool to see so many groups around the campfire and with their families outdoors. Plus I love to watch people climb when I'm walking around.

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