Alabama’s Oldest State Park

Jan 26, 2023 | 1 comment

Shari Sullivan

Alabama is a beautiful state and is home to 22 state parks and the oldest of these is Cheaha State Park. Not only is Cheaha the first and oldest state park, it’s also home to the highest point in Alabama,

Bald Rock at Cheaha State Park
Alabama’s highest point at Cheaha State Park

Cheaha is Alabama’s Oldest State Park

  • Cheaha State Park was established in 1933 and has remained open continuously since it’s opening. Located in the northern part of Alabama, Cheaha is completely surrounded by the Talladega National Forest. Your visit to Cheaha State Park will give you nearly 3,000 acres of beautiful wilderness to discover. Alabama’s oldest state park is beautiful in every season and offers incredible views, waterfalls and miles of trails to hike.

Waterfall at Cheaha State Park

Alabama’s Highest Point

  • Cheaha is named for Cheaha Mountain in Delta, Alabama and it’s name is from the Native American Creek Nation. It uses their word ‘Chaha’ meaning ‘high place’. The park sits on top of the mountain so the name is especially appropriate. This is the highest point in the state of Alabama and you can hike to the very top of it’s 2,407 feet! Interestingly enough, Cheaha State Park is actually the southernmost tip of the Apalachian Mountain range. That makes this park even more special in my eyes.

Geological Survey Marker at Cheaha State Park
Geological Survey Marker at Cheaha State Park

Cheaha has something for everyone

  • When you plan your visit to Alabama’s oldest State Park, you’ll find that it is located within 30 minutes of six towns .Each town has it’s own historic significance and offers much to do. It’s close to bike trails, a speedway, wine tasting, performing arts centers and both national forests and wilderness areas. There is a great campground for your tent or camper. You can also rent one of the cute cabins that were build in the 1930’s or even stay in a hotel. There is truly something for everyone at Cheaha State Park.

One of the cabins at Cheaha State Park

For more information, please visit the park’s website at

Happy Trails… Shari Sullivan
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1 Comment

  1. Shari Sullivan

    We had an awesome Girl Camper event at Cheaha State Park in August 2023… it’s as wonderful as everyone says it is!!

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