Tag Archive for Cheaha State Park

Clay County Search and Rescue Squad Comes Through for Lost Hikers

Secret Vistas – By Glynn Wilson – TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST, Ala. — The night was quiet and still except for the owls hooting and the coyotes howling off in the distance when we let the fire burn down in the Turnipseed Campground and climbed into bed Sunday evening after hiking to Cheaha Falls during the…

Photo Gallery: Talladega National Forest

Fall Moon by Lake Cheaha

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a view from atop Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama at 2,407 feet above sea level. If a plan goes forward to lease virtually all of the land in this view to a mining company like Halliburton for natural gas drilling, this public land set aside for future generations to…

Where Oh Where Have All the Wildlife Gone?

A stuffed owl on the wall of the Cheaha State Park Restaurant – The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – LAKE CHINNABEE CAMPGROUND, Ala. — Sitting quietly by the fire in the woods on a windless, moonlit night, with only the sound of firewood crackling and coon dogs off in the distance — and…

Reflections 1: Autumn Leaves in Chinnabee Creek

Click here or on the image for a larger view – By Glynn Wilson – Secret Vistas – LAKE CHINNABEE CAMPGROUND, Ala. — The day before Thanksgiving photographer Kenny Walters and I packed up our gear and headed northeast from Birmingham to camp one more time in the Talladega National Forest before we have to…

Thanksgiving 2012: A Cheaha Mountain Wild Turkey

By Glynn Wilson – Secret Vistas – CHEAHA STATE PARK, Ala. — This is about as close as we’ve gotten to a wild turkey in Cheaha State Park or Lake Chinnabee Campground this Thanksgiving weekend, hanging stuffed on the wall in the park restaurant overlooking Cheaha Lake. It’s been beautiful and still for the most…

A Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers Live Near Lake Chinnabee

A pair of pileated woodpeckers dryocopus pileatus hang out regularly in the vicinity of Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area in the Talladega National Forest, just down the mountain from Cheaha State Park, Alabama’s highest point. These huge birds are nearly as large as a crow and are sometimes mistaken for the ivory-billed woodpecker, believed by many…

Secret Vistas: Last Chance for Autumn Color

Secret Vistas by Glynn Wilson Woke up this mornin’ Turned on the Mac. Got the coffee started, Then looked out the window. The skies are gray, Rain’s on the way. It’s daylight savings time, What can I say? It is that time of year again, time to make the transition from the best of times,…

Secret Vistas: A Video of Cheaha State Park

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…

Secret Vistas: A Red-Bellied Woodpecker in Cheaha State Park

Glynn Wilson Click here or on the image for a larger view This red-bellied woodpecker [melanerpes carolinus], close cousin to the northern flicker, also known as the yellow-hammer, the state bird of Alabama, stopped by for a meal atop a pine tree by our campsite Saturday afternoon in Cheaha State Park in the lower Campground…

Secret Vistas: A View of Cheaha Mountain from Campground No. 2

Glynn Wilson This is the view of Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in Alabama, in the Cheaha State Park from our campsite in Campground No. 2. There are the beginnings of autumn color here, mainly some reds in the dogwoods. The winds were gusting so hard this morning there was no way to put the…