Beautiful!! The trail head is outside the park. Inside the park are several short walking picture opportunities. I'd rate the trail higher than moderate. Had a heavy pack and there are some tough elevation spots. Loved it and plan to go back:)
I hiked this from the lake to the summit with my girls age 6 and 8 it is a steep hike. The trail is well blazed and easy to follow. Great views along the way. Once the trail ends it comes out by some cabins ( not at the summit ) so we were determined to get a picture with the "highest point in Alabama sign" and wondered along lost for a bit but eventually made it up and got the pics. About a 6 mile round trip to the summit then back to the lake. Great time I recommend doing it if you are considering.
We hiked from the Cheaha lake up to the summit. It was a very steep rocky incline for a large part of the hike. Really well maker trail to the top with multiple spots for resting, picture taking, and sight seeing. Once you reach the top of the trail it will end in a parking lot by some cabins. From there we walked the road to the highest point which is at the overlook tower. Just look for the tallest building and head straight for it. We followed the road around to it but that was a waste of time, plenty of cut throughs from the road toward the tower.
Good day hike section of the Pinhoti Trail in the Talladega National Forrest that passes two excellent mountain lakes, several streams, a trail shelter, an 1800s cemetery complete with one room church made of hand hued logs.
Five mile round trip but allow extra time to explore. Hiked in a cool November 1st rain so had the entire section to myself and an endless supply of deer, turkey and squirrels. Be aware of deer hunting season precautions, info available from the Talladega National Forrest Rangers.