Interpretive Center at Lake Cheaha
Something new from something old! Cheaha State Park upcycled the historic CCC Lake House into an Interpretive Center. The 88-year-old doors reopened with a new purpose on Saturday, March 13, 2021. This unique facility houses a nature center, environmental literacy corner, exhibits, and a classroom. The Cheaha State Park interpretive team will be delighted to help you connect with nature through environmental education, cultural heritage, science, and arts. Learn about plants, animals, geology, and the history of Cheaha. Play your way through the interpretive exhibits and activities.
"Twenty years ago, I looked at this gorgeous CCC lake house and thought, "This would make a wonderful Nature Center." Four years ago, when I became superintendent of Cheaha State Park, our team began to put the dream into action. Mandy Pearson, Parks Naturalist, loved the idea, but we had so many other park-wide improvements that absolutely took priority. During the pandemic, while public programs were on hold, the inspiration became action. During a visit with our Parks Director, Greg Lein, our North Region Supervisor, Tim Haney, and our District Superintendent, Kelly Ezell, we received support and encouragement. Little by large, with lots of loving hands and labor, folks like Mike Waldrop, Ronnie Denney, Johnny Norris, Beverly Dison Thomas, Fredrick Bishop, Eric Cline, Bill Sykes, Noel Lashley, and Mandy Pearson made it a reality. Like a wildflower blossoming discreetly in the forest, Cheaha State Park's Interpretive Center opened softly in March. Our amazing park interpretive staff has a stage to engage and inspire thousands of visitors. This beloved old rock house and the Lake Cheaha area will be a hub for environmental education and outdoor recreation."
- Renee Simmons Raney, Cheaha State Park Superintendent, and Environmental Educator Renee.Raney@dcnr.alabama.gov
Interpretive Center Hours (March 16th- November 30th)
Thursday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Monday: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Interpretive Center Hours (December 1st- March 16th)
Friday: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Closed December 25th
Other days by appointment only. Email the Park Naturalist to request an appointment
Hours may change due to inclement weather or other emergency issues.
Free with paid admission into Cheaha State Park and to overnight guests.
Be sure to visit Cheaha State Park’s other educational facilities and trails:
Bald Rock Accessible Trail (open 7 am – sunset daily)
Heritage Trail (open 7 am – sunset daily)
Leave No Trace Bigfoot Challenge Trail (open 7 am – sunset daily)
Enchanted Garden (located near the main gate; open 7 am – sunset daily)
If your child loves nature, Cheaha is the perfect place for your next birthday celebration.