Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Cheaha Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Overall this was a nice trail. The start of the trail is not marked well. I started walking down what I thought was the trail and it was the property line marker. We walked to little Caney head and back almost the entire trail. The trail is not marked. I only saw 1 blaze marking out and back. Trail is over grown in some spots but not bad. The waterfalls are small 2-4 foot drops at one creek crossing. There are a few spots that have an overlook through the trees.

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off trail
over grown
10 days ago

Good trail. Wear long socks. Lots of trail diverts through briar. Turned around 3 miles in

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
10 days ago

Beautiful hike with some amazing waterfalls throughout. In and Out under 3 hours with a 20 min break at the falls shelter. Very rocky and wet in some places. About mid way the terrain gets a little difficult going up hill. Will do this one again..

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rocky
10 days ago

Took Chinnabee to Odom and turned around at Nubbin Creek. Great trail.!

hiking
15 days ago

This was a nice easy out and back trail with a scenic lake at the turnaround. There was some water flowing over the falls after the recent rains, but not a lot. The trail is in good shape and the leaves are getting good color. I walked from the parking area on the eastern end to the boat ramp at Lake Chinnabee and the app recorded 8.6 miles.

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blowdown
over grown
scramble
24 days ago

This trail is unmarked and mostly overgrown, with many trees blown down, making it very difficult to maintain a steady hiking pace and nearly impossible in places to see the “trail”. I loved hiking the Odum Scout Trail in the 80’s and 90’s; but definitely not now, in its current condition. The scenery is beautiful, but if steady hiking is your objective...not recommended.

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked up to Devils Den to see the waterfall and a little past.

This is a really nice trail. It takes you pass Cheaha Falls, Devils Den, and Lake Chinnabee. It is always a trail that we hike when we visit Cheaha. It’s a really nice trail to birdwatch from since you go through multiple habitat types. There are some areas that are rocks, overgrown, or have blowdowns. However, it is nothing too serious that I feel it’s worth marking on the trail conditions.

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blowdown
bugs
1 month ago

Hot easy hike. No water.

Very pretty trail. It’s easier in the beginning but difficulty picks up during the middle and eases back down toward the end. Was hoping to see waterfalls but they’re in a drought, so we plan to check it out in the spring. Ranger said they even do a waterfall tour in the spring.

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over grown
rocky
2 months ago

It was pretty hot out so we made sure to bring lots of water. There hasnt been enough rain recently so the falls werent falling. it was very dry. Still a pretty hike. trails were defined but overgrown, and be careful because its a little rocky. Will definitely do this one again.

My phone said 10 miles by the time I was finished. Some parts are rocky and difficult if you have a dog on a leash but the majority of the trail was very easy to walk. Slightly overgrown in areas. We didn’t run into too many people along the way. This hike is more to see the falls and less of a scenic route. The falls are pretty and form a nice swimming hole. It’s not a huge waterfall but a small, quaint water fall.

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bugs
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

Waterfall was barely trickling and the trail past the falls was severely overgrown.

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rocky
2 months ago

Well worn trail and easy to follow despite no obvious trail markers / blazes. Follows a creek for the 1st 1.8 miles, Cheaha Falls shelter is at the 3 mile mark, and the falls are short distance beyond the shelter. Prettiest trail I've hike in Alabama so far.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail for a day hike. A great walk in the woods. Completed April 2018

We went in from turnip seed camp ground and spotted only a few markings far in. There was one area where the trail looked to go in one direction that lead to a dead end. Most areas were well traveled with a clear trail. Only a couple of tree falls but passable. The views were nice! I will do it again!

hiking
4 months ago

All of the reviews are accurate. I'm VERY reactive to poison ivy, but I hiked in sweat pants and my coverage was good enough that I didn't rash up. I'm not sure how accurate "7.3 miles" is, though. From the trailhead parking lot it says 4 miles to the lake, and if using that as a turn-around, it's every bit of an 8 mile hike. Was not a fan of the random branches of the trail with no clear marker which way to go, but we got lucky and guessed correctly.

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over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Worth the hike once you get to the waterfalls! Lots of poison ivy, oak and sumac all over the trails but a great trail.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Gorgeous trail, but be prepared to scramble over rocks and around fallen trees. Very narrow and overgrown in places, and I’m sure I’m covered in poison ivy and oak, but I’ll definitely be back! Pretty bummed that camping is no longer allowed, because we passed some amazing campsites!

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