Cheaha State Park
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Introduction

Cheaha State Park in Delta, Alabama is the perfect getaway destination for any RV camper. Located at the top of Cheaha Mountain, over 2,400 feet high, this park offers spectacular views, surrounded by the lush, green Talladega National Forest.

You can get a feel for the Native American history here, as even the park’s namesake is derived from the Muskogee word, Chaha, which means “high place.” If you want to learn more about the Native Americans, the Walter Farr Native American Relic Museum here at the park is a good place to start. This museum features all kinds of interesting finds, including arrowheads, pottery, knives, and more.

The 2,799 acres that make up Cheaha State Park offer all kinds of fun and exciting activities, besides the museum. There are magnificent waterfalls to hike to, impressive rock formations to climb, precious gems to be mined, and so much more. When you visit in the summer, you can expect highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s. Cheaha tends to stay pretty warm, but in the deepest of winter, temperatures can drop to the 30s. Whenever you choose to visit Cheaha State Park in your RV, you’ll be guaranteed to find lots of fun to get into.

RV Rentals in Cheaha State Park

Transportation in Cheaha State Park

Driving

Getting to the park is easy and made simple with GPS navigation. Once inside the park, you should have no problem finding your way around, and even the largest of RVs can get around with ease. There are no RV restrictions on any of the roads inside Cheaha State Park.

Parking

Before heading straight to your campsite, you’ll need to check in at the camp store. You should have no problem finding parking space here, and when the park gets full during the busy season or during an event, they have overflow parking available for use. The campground is made to accommodate large RVs, so you should be able to get set up and head out from there.

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Campgrounds and parking in Cheaha State Park

Campsites in Cheaha State Park

Reservations camping

Campground #1

The campsites that you’ll find here at Cheaha State Park can be put into three different categories - improved, semi-primitive, and primitive campsites. If you’re traveling in your RV, you’ll likely want to look into staying at the improved campsites. Each improved campsite includes 20, 30, and 50 amp electric hookups, along with water and sewer hookups. Campground #1, also known as Upper Campground, is made up of 40 improved campsites that are available for use all year long. If you’re looking to stay where you’ll have fantastic views all around, campground #1 is for you, as it is located at the top of the mountain. When you stay here, you’ll have access to two bath houses - each one with hot water, showers, and flush toilets. You’ll also have a picnic table and a fire ring or barbeque grill at each site. Each site, while guaranteed to have the same amenities, is still unique, and that includes being different shapes and sizes. Even with a large RV, you should be able to find the perfect campsite for you. Each site allows for up to two vehicles as well, and has back-in and pull-through sites for RVs.

Campground #2

Campground #2 is much like campground #1, but is located near Cheaha Lake instead, and is only open from April to December. This campground is also known as Lower Campground, and for anyone who wishes to be closer to the water while staying in their RV, this is the perfect option. Campground #2 is also a little smaller than Campground #1, as it only has 32 full hookups sites instead of 40. Especially considering the small size, reservations are highly recommended. When you make reservations, you’ll be guaranteed a good spot for your RV. You also have back-in and pull-through options, and each campsite comes with a picnic table and fire ring or barbeque grill. There is one bath house that has hot water, showers, and flush toilets available for your convenience as well.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Tent Camping

If you’ve decided you want to experience something a little more primitive than the RV, head out tent camping. There are primitive and semi-primitive options available, and you can decide what you think will work best for you. There are 25 total semi-primitive camping options, and while only some of them have electricity, all of them do have a picnic table, a fire ring, and a communal water spigot. You’ll also have access to the bath houses located at the Upper Campground. The primitive campsites are much more woodsy, but they do have access to a water spigot and restrooms nearby. You’re also allowed to have two vehicles per site.

Hotels, Cabins, and Chalets

Cheaha State Park is a beautiful place, and many people come here to have big events such as weddings. Whether you’re here for an event or just want a change of pace from the RV, there’s a multitude of options available. You can get a room at the hotel located here, or you can choose to stay in a cabin or even a chalet. There are 30 total hotel rooms that are nicely set up. You can even choose to upgrade to a deluxe room if you desire. The cabins are fairly small, which makes for a romantic and cozy getaway. If you don’t want a hotel room but want something bigger than the cabins, you can stay in one of the 5 chalets, which comfortably sleep four people. Whatever you’re looking for, Cheaha State Park has it.

Seasonal activities in Cheaha State Park

In-Season

Playground

Also at Lake Cheaha, you’ll find the perfect place to let your kids let out some energy. There is a playground with all kinds of slides, climbing walls, swings and more. If they get tired of swimming in the lake, they can head over for something a little different.

Swimming

Cheaha Lake is a great place to go for a dip to escape the heat of the summer. You can also lay out on the beach and just enjoy the scenery around you. The lake is available to all visitors, but if you’re staying at the lodge located here in the park, you’ll also have access to a spring-fed swimming pool.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking can be a fantastic way to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air of the park, but you’ll want to have some experience under you before taking on the biking trails here. Some of the trails can be quite a challenge, but if you’re up for it, it can be a great way to see the park.

Rock Climbing

There are two popular spots in the park where you can go rock climbing or rappelling here, and those are the Rock Gardens and the Pulpit Rock trail. Rock climbing can be a fun and exciting activity for groups and even individuals. Just come prepared and know that you’ll need to sign a waiver before heading out.

Hiking

There are an abundance of hiking trails to choose from here at the park, and they can range in length and difficulty level. Many of the trails will give you one of a kind views, like Bald Rock or Pulpit Rock Trails. Others will take you to beautiful waterfalls that you won’t want to miss.

Off-Season

Museums

There are two museums located at the park. The first is the Walter Farr Native American Relic Museum, which features all kinds of interesting artifacts that can teach us what life was like for the Native Americans that resided here long ago. The other museum is the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum located at Alabama’s highest point. This museum displays various objects that the CCP used when building the park. There is lots of history that you can learn about at both museums.

Picnicking

There is no better place to have a family get together than at one of the picnic tables located here in the park. There are many spots to choose from, and you can choose to eat at the lake or near the highest point in the park. You can also enjoy hiking trails and fishing opportunities after you eat.

Gem Mining

Across from the Country Store and behind the Native American Museum, you’ll find a gem mine where you can search for different kinds of gems and fossils. If you’ve never been gem mining before, this can be an exciting experience. You can even pick up a brochure that will help you identify what you have found.

Geocaching

Geocaching is like a modern day version of a scavenger hunt, using GPS coordinates to find the hidden geocaches. This can be a great way to get the whole family involved in discovering all that the park has to offer. Just be sure to ask for permission before leaving more caches in the park.

Fishing

Many people come to the park to catch bluegill and bass at Cheaha Lake. This man-made lake gives you six acres of water to fish in, so you’ll be sure to find a comfy spot to settle into when you go fishing. You’ll have peace and tranquility when you fish here at the lake.

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