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: