It is a ridiculously easy day trip from Birmingham and points to the northeast to visit Cheaha State Park, located at 2407 feet above sea level, Alabama’s highest point in the Appalachian Mountains.
The resort now has an arrowhead museum, which we feature in this video along with the view from the back deck at the restaurant.
It is called the Walter Farr Indian Artifacts Museum since the collection was donated by Walter Farr from Lineville. The grand opening was held on September 24, 2011.
Creek Indians named the place “Chaha,” meaning high place. Another native American name for it was “Sleeping Giant.”
The resort has a hotel, chalets, cabins and several campgrounds for RVs and tents as well as lodges for groups, including Bald Point Lodge.
There are plenty of hiking trails, which connect to the Appalachian Trail and trails in the Talladega National Forest.
I recently camped there for three nights in Campground No. 2 and highly recommend it for a quick get away, although watch out for the high winds, especially first thing in the morning. The campgrounds now also have street lights, distracting from the view of the sky at night. The park has free WiFi, although it was down or inaccessible for two out of three days on our weekend visit.
Just 3.5 miles down the road, however, there is an eight-spot primitive campground by Lake Chinnabee, where it is dark, quiet and less windy.
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