Looking for a great trail in Cheaha State Park, Alabama? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Cheaha State Park ranging from 0.6 to 7.5 miles and from 1,276 to 2,352 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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Cheaha State Park is the pinnacle of natural beauty and awe in Alabama. Surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, this foothill of the Appalachian Mountains is the highest point in Alabama. Standing 2,407 ft. above sea level, it is no wonder why the local Creek Indians named this place Chaha, meaning high place. FREE Wireless Internet Access is available

This place is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!! If there is one place you should visit IN Alabama..... its Cheaha State Park, the Bald trail tower viewing thing, Has the best, most beautiful, unobstructed view for as far as the eye can see, that I've never seen before, and I've been to the smokey mountains, scenic overlook spots, in several mountainous states/spots, and the view here is one of a kind!!!!! You can even take the sturs down and climb on the rocks and get all way to the edge....its like your on the edge of the end of the earth on your way to heaven, awe inspiring, I cant say enough!!!!

washed out
12 days ago

Nice hiking trail for in between. 3.5 hours. From time to time you will be rewarded by a beautiful view. But on the whole it is mostly through the forest so that the wide look is prevented. Nevertheless a good thing if you want to be physically active for half a day.

19 days ago

This is a 0.3 mile out and back trail that starts out very steep then changes to gentle up and down trail. At the end are ledge rocks with a great view of the valley and Cheaha Lake.

Very nice hike. Great views! Did a day hike, but there plenty of campsites we passed by. I saw somewhere that there was supposed to be a waterfall, but we only crossed a trickle.

Beautiful spot, go after a good rain to see seasonal Ange Falls.

Cave creek trail is great. Be careful not to miss the connector. Be prepared to climb over a large rock bed and then climb Hernandez Peak. Pay attention to blazes on Pinhoti, I wandered off by accident first time out. No water past Cave Creek so be sure to pick plenty in.

Steep in the beginning, crops the creek bed and it’s beautiful! My Laurels are about 40% in bloom right now.

I work in the Park. I do this one daily on my lunch break. It’s super easy and not really a hike. Great recommendation for a easy “hike” as it’s ADA accessible.

Great hike! Bring water or grab it at the beginning! Camped at one of the overlooks, awesome sunset but extremely windy! Will definitely hit this one again.

Love this trail! Full of great overlooks and plenty of camp sites. There is not a lot of places to resupply on water so make sure you have enough. We passed a "stream" about a mile in from the parking lot. My wife and kids (9yr and 11yr) came with me and they did struggle a little with the uphills hikes so make sure you are mentally prepared for some inclines.

Cave Creek trail is nice HOWEVER if you make the loop on Pinholti coming back is pretty tough. Poorly marked in some areas and you have to climb over boulders.

Really enjoyed hiking this trail for the second time. A lot of interesting rocks and plenty of great views!

I was disappointed that there was no waterfall, however, it was a nice trail. I hiked on a wet day and I saw zero mud. Wear solid shoes because of the rocks.

Out and back to Blue Mountain Shelter. Great trail.

2 months ago


I’m 61 and this was my first time hiking in this area I normally hike the Appalachian trail to Blood Mountain trail from Neels Gap which is rated hard but it actually seems easier. My thoughts on this trail yes it offer great views especially this time of year before the leaves are in full. In the summer time most views would be obstructed. There are only 1 place to get water near the beginning of the trail and there is large bolder field that’s challenging and can be difficult to stay on trail. With me it was a all day hike, pretty sites and plenty of solitude.its a good getaway hike very very quite. Also there were several families had cam sites established it must be a safe place for families! This is a do once trail not something I would want to repeat.

2 months ago

Very cool trail that gets steep and remains steep very quickly. I would say this is the most fun trail to use to get to the tallest point in Alabama as it’s only .5 mile away from the turnaround point. The trail is very well marked with blue paint and has some great views towards the top. Overall amazing route that is somewhat strenuous but very rewarding.

Great views! The plane crash site was not hard to find

Great trail for overnight backpacking. Trail is marked well on Pinhoti but Cave Creek not so much. Easy to follow though. Pinhoti side has a section with lots of rocks and boulders so where good shoes. All in all great trip. Will definitely do again.

3 months ago

Short, easy trail. The view is spectacular. Stayed here for hours. I would definitely recommend this! Just be mindful of the steepness and uneven ground.

Hiked with my 10 year old. Very damp and foggy making it very beautiful. Trail is easy to follow. Good water sources.

over grown
3 months ago

good trail. took about 4 hours. tough scrambling over big rocks at times. not too difficult, but definitely not easy. lots and lots of ankle benders so wear good shoes/boots.

Easy trail, not much of a hike. The payoff with the veiw is fantastic.

This is my first trail in Alabama while I’m on co-op and I am definitely coming back. It is pretty nice alittle steep in some places but the view is worth it. I didn’t get to see the plane wreckage but I was later told where to find it at and definitely going back to see it

4 months ago

Steep right off the parking lot but the views are great!

hiked in mid March. trees had not leafed out yet so not much shade. beautiful views though.

4 months ago

First hike I’ve COMPLETED with the elevation over 400. Difficult but me and my pup felt super accomplished afterwards. I see why they call it rock garden. Literally a bunch of rocks haha. Great hike!

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