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Fantastic seasonal views the entire way. The Stairway to Heaven is a beast, it’s blazed but scantly so pay close attention. Lots and lots of rock the entire hike.

As many downed trees as usual but super wet. Even before this rainy season there are 4 or 5 little creek crossings, but this time streams and springs are cropping up all over the place.

I'd say this time of year (early spring) isn't the best time to go. It's kind of ugly out there, the temp can easily drop 30 degrees, and there's lots of thorns crisscrossing the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for kids. Nice waterfalls

A beautiful hike with views of the streams and waterfalls. The water crossing on the eastern end can be fairly difficult to cross without bare-footing it across the stream. Would happily do this trail again!

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of water this time of year. Very nice hike, We started it at Turnipseed Campground.

beautiful water views throughout. easy to get off trail though.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

backpacking
rocky
2 months ago

This is recommended for dog hiking and any level hiker.It was a great hike but after being rainy for so many days and finally having a clear day left it a bit muddy in some spots. There are a lot of overgrown briars and down trees. Terrain was rough, lots of rocks. I got a great workout from it. Tip: Definitely need hiking pole.

From Turnipseed. Campground, we hiked out to the Lake Chinnabee dam and back. It rained very hard yesterday and Cheaha Creek was difficult to cross. It’s a moderate to easy trail except for the creek crossings in fast deep water. Really enjoyable.

Breathtaking in more ways then one. The lake at the start is a little scummy with alot of turtles and there are fish there so I am told. As usual, watch for snakes! The sights on the trail are beautiful. The trail veers back and forth away from the creek all along the way. There are 2 major waterfalls along this trail. The first, which is about a half mile in, is The devil's den. About a 20ft fall with a large pool below. The water is cold, but the thrill is there. A great place to relax in the water on the rocks above and catch some rays. Hike about another 2 1/2 miles further and you'll find the Cheaha shelter complete with fire pit, picnic table and an awesome view. Hiking just a little bit further down the hill from there and you find Cheaha falls. A 25-30ft drop that I wouldn't recommend jumping from unless you've got a harness and rope. Some very nice and level spots to camp next to the stream near by also.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail early last summer and It was beautiful...Cheaha Falls and Devil’s Den were full of water. I attempted to go back from Chinnabee Lake this January 2019 and the access point from the lake was closed. However, you can access It from the Turnipseed trailhead just a short distance away. You can get a paper map of all the Cheaha Wilderness trails from Cheaha State Park in the Park office/store. You don’t have to pay entrance fee to stop by there.

Disappointed - Talladega National Forrest entrance gate was locked and had a sign posted that read - Closed for Winter until March 01, 2019. Trailhead is roughly a mile from this gate, but there were lots of hunters with guns out in the area, so probably not safe to hike anyway.

Great trail but easy to lose in the beginning due to fallen leaves. Definitely a workout going up!

hiking
5 months ago

I day-hiked this trail today (10/25/18) and really enjoyed it. It has some great scenery and the water supply is abundant. It’s a shame that some folks litter and don’t exercise any respect for the outdoors & nature. I will say that the majority of the litter was around “the swimming hole”. I do plan to return and hike this trail again and also do some camping.

backpacking
6 months ago

Awesome trail! My 15 year old son and I hiked this in the morning of our second day of a three day backpack trip. Coming off the Pinhoti trail the first of two miles are a steep decent with the second being a gradual decent into the Turnipseed campground. 1/4 mile on either side of Turnipseed offers excellent camping spots with reliable water sources. Cheaha falls has multiple excellent camping spots with a shelter located about 1/8 mile up the trail heading towards the Devils Den falls. Most of this trail is under canopy; a beautiful hike which should take between 4-6 hours depending on your load and number of breaks you take!

I did an overnighter on this trail last weekend. Very nice trail. Got a little lost at the shelter which was actually fun. Plenty of water sources available as well as campsites. If you overnight you will have to park by the Turnipseed campsite off 281. They’ve closed the campground at Chinnabee Park so no overnight parking. Take the time to explore Devils Den. The trail is at the ridge top so you will either need to go down one of the many little trails or hike in from the park staying down by the water. All in all, great trip.

**WARNING** just took this hike on Labor Day and there were yellow jacket nests everywhere! luckily it was just me who got stung and not my wife, kid, or dogs. the hike itself is not bad but if you are there just to see the water then you would be better hiking to Cheah falls from the top then go back to your car and drive to lake Chinnabe and hiking to devel's den from there.

My dog and I had a great time on this trail. The swimming holes about a half mile from the Chinabee Lake trailhead make for a nice place to cool off after the hike.

Probably my favorite trail so far. If a three year old can do it, so can you! Devil’s Den is a must visit.

First to say is if not for Gaia gps that I downloaded before I left, my son and I would have gotten very lost. The trail from the TH on to nubbins Creek intersection was difficult from a couple reasons.
1. too many fallen trees over the trail / ZERO maintenance.
2. zero markers.. That was my number 1 complaint.
3. Trying to bushwack up a very Rocky mountain where the grasses had overtaken the trail in spots, plus the fact that most of the trail was on rocks and boulders.

I am most Definitely not knocking the trail in itself because the beauty of the huge glacier boulders was spectacular sitting atop a mountain peak!!
I will say the high falls itself is worth a day trip to enhance the beauty and is only about 100 yards in off the TH parking area. My Son and I thoroughly enjoyed the quality time we spent backpacking the entire loop of the chinnabee silent trail then back around the skyway trail. I'l
I'll chat about anything related to the outdoors and backpacking.
Ken

Can somebody please pick up my leather belt and t shirt I left hanging on a tree on top of Robinson Mountain. :)

date was July 4th

Relatively easy hike in general but was rough this summer. There’s some large trees down in the first mile of Nubbins that makes it nearly impassable in some sections but clears up if you keep on. I saw a lot of muscadine grapes near the trailhead and there were tons of small daisies in bloom. If you’re doing this in summer, wear long pants because there’s A LOT of ticks (my dog who is on medication carried home 56 in his fur 濫). Also be aware there’s some active predators in this area- many piles of scat full of fur and even found a partial boar skull.

Aside from that it’s pretty steady but not steep elevation gain. Pretty water falls and reliable streams. Some folks have mentioned to me the trail is hard to find nearer to its end but imo it’s pretty easy to stay on as there is good signage. Like somebody else mentioned I typically do Nubbins to Odum Scout to the Pinhoti as an in and out- I think it’s like 7 miles total? There’s a huge campsite at the Pinhoti Scout intersection that’s great for large groups.

hiking
9 months ago

This likely won’t apply to anyone who uses this app, but I have to say it: flip flops aren’t ideal hiking shoes, particularly the $5 Alvin’s Island variety, and I am not sure why anyone would think they were. So, I felt very little pity for all the folks I saw on the trail wearing said shoes and complaining about their difficulties: “they should let people know...yada yada yada.”

Nope...you shouldn’t go for walk in the woods wearing shower shoes. Craziness.

ALSO....please carry you garbage out with you!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Nothing to see here but the waterfalls towards the beginning of the trail. Just wooded and flat areas with a few primitive campsites beyond the falls. If you do decide to trek out further, wear pants! The overgrown grass will slice and prick your legs. There were a few steep inclines and we traversed across rocks in the water at one point, which was not difficult because the water was low. There were stairs near the waterfalls, but some were uneven and loose. The trail is also not well marked. Be careful: we came upon a snake on the trail. It quickly slithered away, but it was a good reminder for us to look before we took a step. Over all, not a difficult trail but also not worth a second trip.

We went on late afternoon hike to McDills PT to watch the sunset. After the sunset, it started to thunderstorm- we got stuck right in the middle of the storm and waited it out for some under this large boulder. It was a memorable hike!

hiking
10 months ago

This was a very beautiful trail. A large portion of it winds right beside a stream blotted with lots of drops and a waterfall or two.For me it was a fairly easy trail and only became more inclined halfway through. A good trekking pole would serve most people well. A must see if you are in northeast Alabama.

My only slight negative is that it was highly trafficked, at least compared with most other trails I’ve been on. This could’ve also stemmed from it being Memorial Day weekend however.I like the solitude of a lonely trail, but that is just my preference. Great trail nonetheless!

backpacking
11 months ago

This trail has it all! Planted pines where you can see for 100s of yards, beautiful waterfalls, and numerous overlooks and elevation changes. I started at the Turnip Seed side of the trail and hiked to Lake Chinnabee. The trail is very well maintained the only spot where it was a little dicey was when you get to Cheaha Falls just continue right over the flat rocks before the falls and follow the trail which works it’s way up the hill to the left to the Cheaha Falls Shelter, where I chose to camp. Devils Den Falls is also an amazing place, perfect for swimming. I would watch for snakes obviously I had one cross the trail in front of me along a stagnant part of the creek. Also there are a lot of bear postings so be aware of that and use a bear bag 200 ft minimum from your campsite if overnighting. I will definitely be back!

hiking
11 months ago

This was a great Trail I enjoyed the hike.The forest was showing signs of Spring everywhere. it looked like they may have attempted to do a controlled burn on both sides of the trail most of the way. there was alot of burned and scorched forest on both sides of the trail, amazingly the trail itself showed no signs of being burned.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great trail! It is muddy for the first section but besides that it was great. We stayed the night in the shelter after a short hike in (~3.5 miles) and then hiked out the next morning! Good hike for a beginner backpacking trip I have been on several and this was one of the easiest. It was a gradual uphill in and all downhill on the way back. Very nice!

hiking
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Great unique trail. Has rocks thru out and challenging in spots.

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