ALERT: Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 issue, Cheaha playgrounds, museums and Bunker Tower will not be open to the public. We will re-evaluate around June 1, 2020. With such a dynamic situation, this could change so email Superintendent Raney with questions at Renee.Raney@dcnr.alabama.gov
Play is an important part of life. Cheaha State Park is a giant playground. We encourage you to explore and enjoy. There is a large playground at Cheaha Lake Day Use Area. The Lake Day-Use Area includes a playground, picnic tables, grills, bathrooms, a beach, a swimming area, and hiking trails. The Lower Improved Campground and CCC Primitive Campground are located within half a mile of the playground. This is the perfect setting for a day of adventure with your little ones.
The new Cheaha State Park Imagination Tree Playground is now open for business. The playground, located in the Education Village between the Bunker Tower and Picnic Trail, is recommended for children from 2 to 12 years old (with adult supervision). The tree-themed attraction includes a secret hollow tree entrance to a slide, a tree fort on top with two “escape” slides, swings and special “expression” swings that allows children under 5 years old to swing face-to-face with a grown-up in the comfortable adult swing. The expression swings allow the adult and child to experience each other’s facial expressions while playing together!
“Cheaha State Park desires to reconnect families to natural resources such as parks and forests through nature-based play,” said Cheaha State Park Superintendent Renee Raney. “Research indicates that when children play and learn in nature, they do so with more vigor, engagement, imagination and the symptoms of attention deficit disorders and depression are reduced. Experts agree that children need more access to nature the same way they need good nutrition and adequate sleep.”
The Imagination Tree is Cheaha’s second playground, joining the Lakeside Playground that is a short walk from the Lower Improved Campground. Families can walk the one-eighth mile interpretive Heritage Trail to Bunker Tower – the highest point in the state – to the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, the Leave No Trace Bigfoot Pavilion, the Mike Bosarge Memorial Dog Park and to the Imagination Tree Playground. The new playground’s surface is made from International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association certified recycled, shredded rubber mulch.
The playground was built using a Land and Water Conservation Fund Program grant, with Ladd Environmental Consultants, Inc., serving as the architect/engineering firm. The contractor was J.A. Dawson & Company.
A Special Thank You to the Following:
Mr. Derek Fell
Senator Kim Benefield
Alabama Dept. of Economic & Community Affairs