Cheaha State Park – Highest Point in Alabama

August 31, 2011


Delta, Alabama


Cheaha State Park is primarily a campground and cabin type of state park. It is a great location, however, for a lot of outdoor activites in the surrounding Talladega National Forest.

Located here, however, is Alabama’s highest natural point, Cheaha. Unlike other states’ highest points, no hiking trail summits the mountain. Instead, the highest point is marked by a tall tower built during the CCC years.


Once inside the tower’s top, near 360 degree views of the Talladega National Forest can be seen through the glass windows of the tower, though the views are somewhat obstructed by the window pane frames.


Traveling from From I-20 west towards Talladega National Forest:

1. Take Exit 199 towards Heflin, AL

2. Turn Left on AL-4 for 2.7 miles.

3. Turn right on County Road 4 for 0.1 miles.

4. Turn right on AL-281/ Skyway Mtwy for 19.5 miles.

5. Turn right at sign towards Cheaha State Park.


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4 Responses to Cheaha State Park – Highest Point in Alabama

  1. Rachel B. on September 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I like that pano of the mountain! I am so excited that you have this on here because I will be going here soon for the very first time and I am really looking forward to seeing it and getting to hike some of the trails that lead to waterfalls in the area. Do you have some favorites?

    • JP on September 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks, that pano is actually just below the tallest point, the windows in the tower were a little too opaque to get a good shot. As far as the waterfalls, I haven’t gotten to do a lot of hiking in the area. Our trip there was mainly to play disc golf in Heflin, but we wanted to see the park and the highest point. Let me know how the waterfalls are. If you’re ever interested in a guest post, you’re more than welcome to it.

  2. ks on December 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    While there aren’t any trails of length at the top of cheaha, the pinhoti trai system is very nearby. There are also a myriad of trails of short and medium lengths in the area. I highly recommend a map (and knowing how to use it), compass since there are areas where i have trouble getting gps signals, and taking plenty of provisions as the trails aren’t always well marked or well used and patience because of that. The surrounding national forest is large, diverse, and has incredible variety of wildlife.

    For a more novice hiker, a nice nearby area is the longleaf national wildlife refuge. There is a 3 mile hiking trail that is an old army road on top of moorman mountain that follows the choccolocco “mountain” chain. You can also hike along the driving portion of the road, which easily adds another 10 miles or so, it’s gravel, fairly new, well-kept, but not advertised and rarely used. the area borders an impact area the army used for training, but to the east of the trail there are other trails that branch off of it. I haven’t explored those yet, but the other trail is nice, you don’t need anything other than good shoes, water, and common sense. You can’t get lost since the trail is road width, a great place to run the energy out of a group of kids – and it’s free.

  3. ks on December 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I also meant to comment on the waterfall hikes near cheaha, they are all pretty, but very short hikes, a few remote but if you have trouble finding them in the off seasons, go the first time during the summer because the locals use them as swimming holes and beat out a path pretty well and it stays very busy for the hot months. I like the beauty better during the off seasons, but one of them I couldn’t find until I followed the locals swimming. It gets too crowded for my tastes, but for the price of $3 parking an entire carload could cool off so I understand why it gets so crowded. And it is nice that some kids will still play in creeks and stream beds instead of chlorinated concrete pools.

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