About Cheaha State Park
-IMPORTANT UPDATE: Vista Cliffside Restaurant is serving “carry-out” style specialty pizzas, burgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders, and salads. Limited hours/weekends only. Restaurant will be CLOSED FOR THE WINTER after November 29, 2021.
Mountain Store is open 7 am- 9 pm every day and has snacks and quick meal options. Microwave on site. Grills and picnic tables around park!
Please stay safe and well! If you have questions, please contact the Park Manager at William.Sykes@dcnr.alabama.gov
-The Mountain Store is open from 7 am – 9 pm (CDT) every day. Park admission may be paid at the store if the park gate is closed.
PARK ADMISSION FOR ALL DAY VISITORS (includes admission to Mountain Park, Vista Cliffside Restaurant and Overlook, and Lake Recreation Area)
- Age 0-3: Free
- Age 4-11:$2
- 12 and older: $5
- Parks for Patriots Veterans and Active Military: Free (Please show ID)
Annual Passes for Cheaha State Park
- Senior/Disabled: $55
- Individuals Pass 12 & Older: $105
- Family Pass up to 6: $155
Discover the beauty of the highest point in Alabama on an island in the sky! Cheaha Resort State Park, which is located on the southernmost tip of the Appalachian mountain chain, is the oldest park in Alabama (est. 1933) and considered by many to be one of the most unique parks in the nation. Imagine 2,799 acres of granite boulders and wind-warped ancient trees at 2,407 feet above sea level, often above the clouds, and surrounded by 392,567 acres of the Talladega National Forest including 7,245 acres of Cheaha Wilderness.
Cheaha State Park seems to be far removed from civilization; however, this park is only 30 minutes away from several historic downtowns (Oxford, Heflin, Anniston, Talladega, Lineville, Munford, and Ashland) which are packed with shopping, dining, cultural arts, and recreational opportunities. There are three main routes that lead to Cheaha State Park. The park recommends traveling on the Talladega Scenic Drive (Alabama Highway 281) which is well maintained, wide, and easily driven by large recreational vehicles. AL Hwy 49 is also a great route and it connects with AL Hwy 281.
The scenic “road less traveled” is Cheaha Road (County Road 42) from Munford, AL, which winds its way through the Talladega National Forest with curves, roadside brambles, and uneven asphalt. Cheaha Road is a picturesque route through the forest; however, since it is not a refined road, the park does not recommend it for large recreational vehicles
In addition to lodge rooms, rock cabins, and A-frame chalets, Cheaha offers improved camping in the park, primitive camping near the highest point, and CCC primitive camping near Cheaha Lake. Groups enjoy Cheaha's historic CCC Bald Rock Lodge, which has 12 bedrooms/baths with a beautiful grand hall for retreats, weddings, family reunions, meetings, and more!
Cheaha State Park is only thirty minutes from several historic downtown tourism locations such as Heflin, Oxford, Ashland, Lineville, Munford, and Talladega. Cheaha State Park is located almost halfway between Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA. Named by the Native American "Creek" nation in Muskogee language, “Chaha” means "high place." Cheaha State Park is truly a magnificent Alabama destination with Vista Cliffside Restaurant, cliffside pool, a lake, dog park, accessible and extreme trails, cultural heritage, and more!
Nearby attractions include Talladega National Forest, Pinhoti Trail, Cheaha Wilderness Area, Chief Ladiga Rails to Trails Bike Route (joins the Silver Comet in Atlanta), Coldwater Mountain Biking Trails, Historic Downtown Heflin, Wine Tasting Trail, Choccolocco Park, Freedom Riders Park, Oxford Center for the Performing Arts, Talladega Super Speedway, Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, and historic Kymulga Grist Mill Covered Bridge and Park.
Guests may also purchase day passes for USFS Talladega National Forest recreation areas and the ORV-ATV Trail from the Cheaha Mountain Store.