Cheaha State Park

The Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama is fondly referred to by residents as “the closest thing to heaven in the state of Alabama.” With its lush forests, abundant history, and stunning views of the Talladega National Forest and the Appalachian Mountains, it’s easy to see why!

General Information

The Cheaha State Park is Alabama’s oldest continuously operating state park, first opened to the public in 1933. Its name comes from the Creek Indian name for the mountain, “chaha,” meaning “high place,” which is an apt name since the park’s focal point is Mount Cheaha, the highest point in the state of Alabama. The park is also surrounded by the Talladega National Forest and nestles in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Walt Farr Native American Relic Museum

Fans of American History are in for a treat with the museum’s collection of hundreds of Native American artifacts, including arrowheads, bird points, and pottery.

Cheaha State Park Video Highlights

Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

The second museum inside the park is dedicated to the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work program established during the Great Depression that aimed to conserve the country’s natural resources. One of their greatest legacies is the development of the Cheaha State Park. In fact, some of the buildings found in the park today were built and used by those in the Corps.

Swimming

This wonderful swimming pool is filled with cold mountain spring water and is considered to be Alabama’s highest pool, boasting of a view like no other. On the other hand, those who prefer to swim in more natural surroundings can do so at Cheaha Lake, a 7-acre man-made lake with playgrounds, a beach, diving platforms, and paddle boats. This crystal clear lake is perfect for swimming and fishing, and the surrounding sandy beaches are ideal tanning spots.

Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Those of a more adventurous nature will enjoy the park’s Rock Gardens and Pulpit Rock Trail. Be advised that the park does not provide equipment or instructors, and only trained or professional individuals will be allowed to use these facilities.

Picnic Areas

The park offers a number of choices for visitors looking for the perfect picnic place. The open field near Cheaha Lake is the ideal spot to lay down a blanket for an old-fashioned picnic although visitors may also avail of picnic tables located near the park’s highest point.

Part of a group get-together? There are two group pavilions that can be rented from 8 AM until sundown.

Playgrounds

Kids will be excited to know that the park has two different playgrounds. The large playground situated at the Cheaha Lake Day Use Area includes picnic tables and BBQ grills so parents won’t have to worry about leaving their children out of sight. The other playground, the Cheaha State Park imagination Tree Playground, is a new addition to the park, featuring a secret hollow tree entrance, a tree fort, and escape slides. Parents and guardians are also welcome to ride along with their kids on the playground’s special expression swings.

Biking Trails

The park has five different trails for mountain bikers, which cross and parallel mountain springs. This incredible arrangement allows an incredible view of the park and its surroundings, visible only from these trails.

view-from-the-deck-cheaha-state-park-alabamaHiking Trails

The park has six different hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. First, the Bald Rock trail is an easy 0.3 miles that leads to the Bald Rock Outlook while the Pulpit Rock trail, despite having the same distance, has a much steeper terrain. This trail is known for its beautiful scenic outlook and is popular with experienced rappellers. Those who prefer a view of the Talladega National Forest can opt for the Mountain Laurel trail, a 1.4-mile trail that wanders through a streambank into a beautiful laurel thicket, and finally, to the Rock Garden Outlook. The Lake Trail, on the other hand, is as challenging, steep, and rugged as the Pulpit Rock trail, and much longer too at 1.0 miles. The LNT Bigfoot trail, at 0.5 miles, is one of the easier ones and ends at Alabama’s highest point. Lastly, the Fisherman’s trail at 0.6 miles is a favorite among avid fishers as it wraps around Cheaha Lake and allows one to search for the perfect fishing hole.

Waterfalls

There are two seasonal waterfalls inside the state park; the CCC Reservoir Falls, which flows from the Cheaha Quartzite dam, and the Laurel Falls, which can be found at the end of the Mountain Laurel hiking trail.

Those who desire to see more waterfalls can walk the short distance from the park to the Talladega National Forest where three different waterfalls are located: the Cheaha Falls, the High Falls, and the Devil’s Den.

Historic Buildings

Cheaha State Park’s rich history and abundance of old buildings make it the perfect spot for history buffs all over the country. Inside the park stands the Caretakers Cottage and Garage, which was completed in 1936, as well as the Bunker Tower, which was finished in 1935. Additionally, many of the park’s chalets and cabins date back to the time of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Vista Cliffside Restaurant

Located inside the park is the Vista Cliffside Restaurant, whose dining room features a panoramic view of the surrounding forests.

Day Use Fees

Ages 12-61 $4
Ages 62 and over $1
Ages 6-11 $1
Ages 5 and below FREE

Camping

The Cheaha State Park has three different kinds of campsites: the Improved Campgrounds, which cost $28 per night, features 77 campsites with electricity, water, and sewer hook-ups, as well as picnic tables, a grill or a fire-ring, and access to a public bathhouse.

On the other hand, there are 26 sites available in the Upper Primitive Campground, which cost $19 per night. These sites are located along Tower Road, Alabama’s highest point, and are equipped with picnic tables, a fire ring, a communal water spigot, and access to public restrooms.

The most affordable campsite in the park is the CCC Primitive Campground at $15 per night. The 28 available sites feature tent pads, fire rings, community water spigots, and access to a vault toilet.

Cheaha Cabins

For overnight guests who prefer less rustic accommodations, cabins can be rented. Most of these cabins can fit up to two people and come with modern amenities, as well as an outside fire pit and grill. For larger groups, 4-capacity cabins with semi-open floor plans can also be booked.

Deluxe Cabins, on the other hand, are situated in a romantic wooden setting far away from the other cabins. They can accommodate up to two people and are equipped with a large whirlpool tub and a rustic wooden swing.

Be advised that these cabins date back to the 1930s. While they have been upgraded with modern amenities, most of their original structures remain. Fees vary depending on the season and the type of cabin but expect to pay between $113 to $163 per night with $12 for every additional guest. Some cabins are also pet-friendly but expect to pay extra fees.

Cheaha State Park Facilities Video

Watch a video tour of some of the facilities at Cheaha State Park in Alabama.

Cheaha Chalets

Larger groups may choose to go with the Cheaha Chalets, of which there are five available. These spacious accommodations feature two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen, as well as an outside fire pit and a picnic table.

Fees vary depending on the season but expect to pay between $136 to $161 per night. Several of the chalets are also pet-friendly, albeit with additional charges.

Bald Rock Lodge

This historic building was the park’s original hotel and restaurant but has now been converted into a lodge used for weddings, family reunions, and other such events. The lodge features 12 different rooms and can accommodate up to 32 guests. A banquet hall with seating for over a hundred people, and a small conference room that can accommodate 12, are also available for rent.

Outside the lodge is a patio for outdoor meals and parties. There is also a small pavilion and a covered fire pit, which overnight groups can make use of.

Hotel

In addition to its numerous campsites, cabins, and chalets, the Cheaha State Park also has a hotel with a total of 30 rooms. Fees depend on the season but expect to pay $73 to $120 per night. There are also nine pet-friendly rooms, albeit at a higher price.

Location

12644 Hwy 281, Delta, AL 36258

Contact Information

General Information: 256-488-5111
Lodging: 1-800-610-5801
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Hours

Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from sunrise until sunset

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