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America the Beautiful: Cheaha State Park – Alabama

America the Beautiful: Cheaha State Park –  Alabama

America the Beautiful

With more than 3.5 million square miles to explore, there is no better time to get out and discover all the spectacular sights the USA has to offer. 

Next Stop: Cheaha Mountain at Cheaha State Park ~ Alabama

Surrounded by the Talladega Mountains, which is a Southern segment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cheaha State Park is located at the top of Cheaha Mountain in Alabama.  Capped by the historical Bunker Tower, it is the highest natural point in the eastern portion of the Sun Belt.  Only 30 minutes from historic tourist attractions, Cheaha State Park is halfway between Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA.  The state park offers stunning 360 degree views from the Bunker Tower observatory.  


panoramic view from Cheaha Mountain

Panoramic view of Cheaha Mountain from the Vista Cliffside Restaurant | Image Credit @ Jacqueline Nix – Getty Images


Cheaha State Park offers campsites, a hotel, chalets, cabins, cliffside dining, picnic areas, playgrounds, biking and hiking trails, waterfalls, and more. The lake at Cheaha Mountain was hand dug by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a workforce established during the Great Depression. The park features Cheaha Trailhead of the Pinhoti Trail which connects with the Appalachian Trail.

colorful fall foliage reflected on the lake at Mount Cheaha

Fall foliage reflected in the lake at Cheaha State Park, AL | Image Credit: sdbower | Getty Images


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Cheaha Trail Head Sign at Cheaha State Park | Image Credit @ sshepard – Getty Images

Did you know?  Cheaha Mountain is the highest point in Alabama.

Here are 5 cool facts about Cheaha Mountain:

1. It was named by the Creek Indians from the Choctaw word, ‘chaha’, meaning “high place”


2.  Also known as “Mount Cheaha”, it soars 2,407 feet above sea level, making it the highest natural point in the state of Alabama


3.  Cheaha Mountain, surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  John Denver anyone? C’mon, you know you’re already singing it out loud 😉🎵


4.  Building structures at Cheaha State Park were constructed of rocks and timber from the mountain top.

stone cabin in the mountains

Cabin built by CCC at Cheaha Mountain | Image Credit: Victoria Sullivan @ Getty Images

5.  Cheaha State Park was inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame in 2020!

Know Before You Go

Cheaha State Park is currently open with some restrictions. The state park follows all recommended guidelines to maintain health and safety measures during the current coronavirus pandemic. However, it’s important to note that federal rules for the surrounding US National Forest are different from the state park regulations. It is recommended that visitors contact the Talladega National Forest Talladega District Office for the most up-to-date information. 

Visit the Cheaha State Park website for more information on entrance fees, hours, campsite reservations, and more. Check out AL’s in-depth look at park features, including photos and descriptions.


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