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“Great place to get away from it all”
Review of Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Delta
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Take a trip to the highest point in Alabama. At 2,407 feet above sea level, Cheaha Resort State Park, located on top of Cheaha Mountain, has breathtaking views and fun recreational activities. This 2,799-acre mountaintop retreat offers visitors a little bit of everything. From quiet surroundings, unique restaurant, and accommodations to a magnificent lodge that can be used for family, outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, solitude seekers, and group functions. Named by the Creek Indians "Chaha" meaning high place, Cheaha Resort State Park is truly a magnificent Alabama destination.
Reviewed December 3, 2012

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!

6  Thank tfuder
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Wow great place to take pictures and see the natural surrounding. Loved the hicking trails and the leaves enbedded in store at the trail head with the different type of leaf names under each one. Great place to take the family for some outdoors adventure!

Thank cathywasilla
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

There was a $2 entrance fee. The park is rather small. There is a short boardwalk (about 0.2 mile) out to a nice view of the valley. There is also a tower to view the same valley. The best view is from the patio behind the restaurant. I spent about an hour and left. There just wasn't much to see. There are a couple of trails that I did not hike. It is worth going if you are just passing through on your way to somewhere else, but it's not worth making a special trip just for this park.

Thank mathstud
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

One of our fave places to visit when in the area! On our last visit, hiked up to Chinnabee Falls. It was during the fall and the leaves were so pretty! Only a few bucks to park and hike - well worth it! Lot of fish in the river below - - - even ran into a water moccasin! Moderate hike, great for the kids, just watch out for all the roots/larger rock on beaten path. Great place for pictures! ;-) Can even camp on the other side of the parking area. Vault toilets located in parking lot.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

A great location to climb up to the highest point in AL and view all of the fall foliage.
Cabins available to rent and spectacular vistas to behold

Thank PhilHarmonik
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