Cheaha State Park: Alabama’s Highest Point


I decided to start out my long drive home to flat, low Florida, with a visit to the highest mountain I could find.  Cheaha State Park tops out at 2,407 feet, making it the highest point in Alabama, and the thinnest air I would breathe before returning home.

[tmt_info =””]From Birmingham, take Interstate 20 east to exit 191, then follow US 431 south to Alabama Route 281, which runs into Cheaha State Park. [/tmt_info]

Just in case 2,407 feet isn’t high enough for you…

… you can gain a little more elevation, by climbing to the top of Cheaha’s CCC-constructed observation tower.

The view at the top isn’t exactly breathtaking.  Of course, the cloudy weather didn’t help, either.

The Doug Ghee Accessible Trail to Bald Rock proved to be a bit more rewarding.  Sure, it’s not quite at the highest point in Alabama, but it does lead…

… to a nice view at Bald Rock.  You can climb down off the boardwalk trail for the best view, at the edge of the rocks.

I found one last ledge on which to rest my feet, before heading home.

[tmt_info =””]The Creek Indians named this area “Chaha”, appropriately meaning “high place”. [/tmt_info]

[tmt_info =””]There is a lodge, cabins, and restaurant at Cheaha State Park.  Here’s the official website.[/tmt_info]

Leaving Cheaha State Park: backtrack a short distance on Route 281 to Route 49, then head south on 49 to Lineville.


Here’s the time-lapse dash-cam video of the drive from Interstate 20 into Cheaha State Park, then on to Horseshoe Bend Military Park:

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