Cheaha State Park

About Cheaha State Park

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We are excited to announce that the new online camping reservation system is now live. Feel free to make your reservations by using the new online tool, calling the park office or simply walking in. We encourage advance reservations. Please keep in mind this online reservation system is new. If you experience any issues we would appreciate your feedback. Thank you for choosing the Alabama State Parks.   

  

New Online Camping Reservation Tool

 

Book Online Lodge, Cabins and Chalets Reservations for Cheaha State Park Here. 

Weekend reservations require a two-night minimum. Holiday Reservations require a three-night minimum. 

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Our guests are Social Distancing- please keep up the great efforts! Cheaha State Park, is open with some restrictions. Our priority is to make the park as safe as possible for our guests and staff. The following steps have been made to follow COVID-19 safety protocol:

 

 

-OPEN: Everything in the park is open except for Lake Playground (awaiting mulch for safety), Walt Farr Native American Relic Muesum, and Civilan Conservation Corps Muesum.

 

-Vista Cliffside Restaurant is open Thursday - Monday from noon to 8 pm with limited pizza/burgers to go menu. We appreciate your support. 

 

-The Mountain Store will allow 10 guests inside at a time and has 6’ markings on floor to help maintain Social Distancing. Guests are required to wear a mask or face covering to enter all Cheaha facilities.

 

-We are sorry but due to limited interior space, park museums will be closed due to COVID-19 protocol. Stay safe and well.

 

Please remember that Cheaha is surrounded by almost 400,000 acres of US Forest Service National Forest and the federal rules differ from the state park. To confirm rules and COVID-19 protocol for those locations you need to call the Talladega National Forest Talladega District office for more information on National Forest restrictions.

State Park admission fees can be paid at the Mountain Gate or Mountain Store: $5 per adult, $2 senior/child, and military/veterans free with ID. We appreciate your support. Every dime spent in this park stays in this park to provide hospitality services for our guests. We want you to enjoy this beautiful park whether you come to relax or recreate for a day or for a week.

 

Seek adventure and solitude on the highest point in Alabama at Cheaha State Park.

At 2,407 feet above sea level, Cheaha State Park, located on top of Cheaha Mountain, offers breathtaking views and adventurous recreational activities. This 2,799-acre mountaintop retreat is known for spectacular sunsets and beautiful waterfalls. The park offers overnight guests and day visitors an array of activities as well as opportunities for rest.  Facilities include a restaurant, hotel, cabins, chalets, camping with options that range from improved to primitive, and pavilions.   

Cheaha State Park is only thirty minutes from several historic downtown tourism locations such as Heflin, Oxford, Ashland, Lineville, and Talladega. Cheaha State Park is located almost halfway between Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA. Named by the Native American "Creek" nation in Muskogee language, “Chaha” means "high place." Cheaha State Park is truly a magnificent Alabama destination with Vista Cliffside Restaurant, a cliffside pool, a lake, accessible and extreme trails, cultural heritage, and more!

Surrounded completely by the Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park is ideal for access to the Kentuck ORV-ATV Trail. Guests may also purchase day passes for USFS Talladega National Forest recreation areas and the ORV-ATV Trail from the Cheaha Mountain Store. Additionally, the park is home to the Cheaha Trailhead of the Pinhoti Trail, which connects with the Appalachian Trail and accesses the Odum Scout Trail, and the Chinnabee Silent Trail.

Nature

Surrounded completely by the Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park is ideal for access to the Kentuck ORV-ATV Trail. Additionally, the park is home to the Cheaha Trailhead of the Pinhoti Trail, which connects with the Appalachian Trail and accesses the Odum Scout Trail, and the Chinnabee Silent Trail. Here hikers can experience tranquility, native wildlife, and beautiful waterfalls. Check our events page for nature programs! 

 

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​Accommodations

In addition to lodge rooms, cabins, and A-frame chalets, we offer improved camping in the park, semi-primitive camping near the highest point, and primitive camping near Cheaha Lake.  There is also primitive camping along mountainside trails, offering campers numerous options for getting close to nature. Groups may want to consider reserving Cheaha's historic CCC Bald Rock Lodge, which has 12 bedrooms/baths with a beautiful grand hall, for retreats, family reunions, meetings and more!

Area Attractions

Nearby attractions include the Talladega National Forest, the Pinhoti Trail, Cheaha Wilderness Area, Chief Ladiga Rails to Trails Bike Route (joins the Silver Comet in Atlanta), Coldwater Mountain Biking Trails, Historic Downtown Heflin, Wine Tasting Trail, Historic Choccolocco Valley, Choccolocco Park, Freedom Riders Park, Oxford Center for the Performing Arts, the Talladega Super Speedway, the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, and the historic Kymulga Grist Mill Covered Bridge and Park.

Day use Park Entrance Fee (Does not apply to overnight guest; does apply to the restaurant)

Age 0-3: Free
Age 4-11: $2
12 and older: $5
Seniors 62 years+: $2
Parks for Patriots Veterans and Active Military: Free (Please show ID)

 

​Annual Passes for Cheaha State Park

Senior/Disabled: $55
Individuals Pass 12 & Older: $105
Family Pass up to 6: $155

Directions to Cheaha State Park:

Discover the beauty of the highest point in Alabama on an island in the sky! Cheaha Resort State Park, which is located on the southernmost tip of the Appalachian mountain chain, is the oldest park in Alabama (est. 1933) and considered by many to be one of the most unique parks in the nation. Imagine 2,799 acres of granite boulders and wind-warped ancient trees at 2,407 feet above sea level, often above the clouds, and surrounded by 392,567 acres of the Talladega National Forest including 7,245 acres of Cheaha Wilderness. Cheaha State Park seems to be far removed from civilization; however, this park is only 30 minutes away from several historic downtowns (Oxford, Heflin, Anniston, Talladega, Lineville, Munford, and Ashland) which are packed with shopping, dining, cultural arts, and recreational opportunities. Enjoy breathtaking views, surreal sunsets, tumbling waterfalls, and diverse recreational activities. Cheaha offers quiet surroundings, a cliffside restaurant, a variety of overnight accommodations, the highest pool in Alabama, a dog park, museums, hiking trails, a six-acre lake, and a historic timber-framed group lodge that can be rented for weddings, family reunions, or business retreats. Named by native Muscogee Creeks, “Chaha" which means “high place,” Cheaha State Park is truly a magnificent mountaintop destination.

 

There are two routes that lead to Cheaha State Park. The park recommends traveling on the Talladega Scenic Drive (Alabama Highway 281) which is well maintained, wide, and easily driven by large recreational vehicles. The optional “road less traveled” is Cheaha Road (County Road 42) from Munford, AL, which winds its way through the Talladega National Forest with curves, roadside brambles, and uneven asphalt. Cheaha Road is a picturesque route through the forest; however, since it is not a refined road, the park does not recommend it for large recreational vehicles.

Alabama State Parks 2020 Travelers' Choice Award