We spent Thanksgiving this year, camping at Cheaha Mountain. We stayed on the lower campground, which is about 1,000 feet below the one at the top of the mountain, but we had a lake and playground. If you do not have AT&T, you will NOT have cell phone service, generally. However, they do have wifi. It took a while for me to get it to work with my phone, but did, finally. I was using the network to check on the weather, etc.
The camp store is at the top of the mountain, along with the lodge and restaurant. The restaurant is pretty good, about average for a nice hotel. Thanksgiving dinner was great, with a full buffet meal. It was nice to not have to cook or clean!
The views from the top of the mountain are amazing! There are several trails, ranging in exertion level from "only lunatics should try this" to "a simple boardwalk". I recommend any of them you feel up to, but certainly do the boardwalk trail (Bald Point).
The upper campground fills up fast when they have a busy time, and the campers seem to be a little closer together than the lower campground. There are a few quirks about camping here, though:
1. The sewer hookups for the full hookup sites are very tall out of the ground. Our camper's output for the sewer pipe was too low to use this until we left (and we found another site that was empty and had a slightly lower pipe).
2. The sites are "almost" level, but you will need leveling jacks or blocks in most cases.
3. The bath house is spartan, but has hot and cold water, and is relatively clean.
They have several programs they offer from time to time (they did s'mores and electric wine bottles when we were there), as well as a permanent Indian artifact exhibit near the main entrance, and they are starting a new CCC museum at the observation tower at the top of the mountain.
If you like roughing it, there are numerous primative and semi-primative (electric only) sites right at the top of the mountain. They are awesome for tent campers or day-trippers!
It is a mountain, so don't head there with an underpowered vehicle or one with bad brakes. The nearest town is Oxford, AL, if you need anything the camp store can't provide. I would recommend US431 to AL281 as the easiest route, unless you really enjoy twisty-turney-curvey roads (we had a child that kept getting motion sick as we took these roads, but handled the 281 corridor much better).
Day-trippers: there is a state park fee of $2 per vehicle,on the honor system when you enter the park at the top of the mountain.
All in all, I would certainly recommend this as a place to go camping, either in a camper or in a tent (but it does get cold in the winter). Stay a couple of days, and get some exercise and fresh air!
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