Tag Archive for Lake Chinnabee

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…

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,…