Cheaha Resort State Park

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Cheaha Resort State Park


(800) 252-7275

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Located in Clay and Cleburne Counties, 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 holds the reputation of the highest point in Alabama. Standing 2,407-feet above sea level, it is no wonder why the local American Indians named this place "'Chaha",' meaning high place. After the state of Alabama acquired lands in 1933, which today comprise 11 of the 22 State Parks, a cooperative effort with the State of Alabama and the National Park System, paved the way for the Civilian Conservation Corp's (CCC) development and construction of Cheaha State Park. Its continuous operation since 1933, makes Cheaha, Alabama's oldest continuously operating State Park. Many lodging, dining, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and mountain biking options are available. There are also events and activities for all ages, making this vacation hot-spot a perfect location to accommodate varying outdoor activity preferences. Come and visit Alabama's oldest park, a beautiful area to explore.

Map of Cheaha Resort (AL)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.469826, -85.835495



  • Boating

    Due to the size of the lake, only hand launched boats and electric motors are allowed. Paddle Boats & Jon Boat are available for rental between Memorial Day & Labor Day (not available on weekdays).

  • Bicycling

    Cheaha State Park Mountain Bike Trail is a popular trail. Each year, Cheaha Resort State Park hosts the Annual Mountain Bike Championship Race. The race follows a 10-mile course set-up on the Park's Mount Cheaha Express Bike Trail.

  • Camping

    The cabins at Cheaha feature bathtub/showers, fireplaces, heating and air, linens, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, coffee makers, kitchenettes (Dishes, eating utensils, and cooking utensils are provided). Reservations required. Chalets are also available by reservation.

    Cheaha State Park also offers four camping areas including two full hook-up campgrounds, semi-primitive campgrounds and a group camping area.

  • Fishing

    Lake Cheaha was hand dug by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This six-acre lake offers some of the best recreational bass and bluegill fishing in the immediate area. Located just three miles from the Mountain Top Resort and across the street from the primitive and lower campgrounds.

    A day use admission is charged and taken by an on-duty attendant during the spring, summer, and fall (honor box systems are in effect during the winter.) Overnight guests may fish and access all of the Lake's amenities at no charge. Alabama Law does require that all eligible anglers 16 years of age and older, have in their possession a valid State of Alabama Fishing License; these may be purchased at the Park's Country Store on the Mountain Top or online.

  • Hiking

    Cheaha Resort State Park offers several hiking-only trails.

  • Picnicking

    Spread a blanket in a field near the lake, claim a picnic table near the highest point in the state, or reserve an entire pavilion for your family, organization or company.

  • RVing

    There are some full campsites equipped for RV's.

  • Water Sports

    Take a swim and cool down in Cheaha Lake. The six-acre man made lake has its own play area, beach, diving platform and paddle boating. The swimming area generally opens for swimming and boating on Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day.


Open year-round.



From I-20, take exit to AL-77. Turn right onto AL-77 and travel approximately 13 miles. Turn left onto AL-21 (Haynes St) and travel less than a mile. Turn right onto AL-21 (North St E) and continue on AL-21 approximately 5 miles. Bear right onto McElderry Rd (CR-398) and continue on McElderry for less than a mile. Turn right onto Cheaha Rd (CR-385) and continue on Cheaha Rd approximately 8 miles. Continue onto AL-281 and travel approximately 2 miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers


(800) 252-7275