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Cheaha State Park covers over two and a half thousand acres of lush mountainous forest. Located almost exactly halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta, this park serves as the perfect weekend getaway for those renting an RV to escape the big cities of Alabama and Georgia. At the southernmost tip of the Appalachians, Cheaha State Park overlaps two counties; Clay County and Cleburne County, making it easily accessible from anywhere in Alabama.
As the highest point in the state of Alabama, Cheaha lives up to its Muskogee name, meaning “high place.” With its strong historical connection to the Native-American Creek Indians, Cheaha State Park also reveals the history of the Alabama Civilian Conservation Corps, whose stone bath-houses, towers and pavilions still pepper the landscape. With a range of idyllic hiking trails, picturesque lakes, and endless green forests, the possibility of having a fabulous outdoor adventure is spectacular. Search for an RV in Clay County today to start your Cheaha State Park adventure!
For those of you who are keen hikers, Cheaha State Park hosts some of the most nature-rich walks and trails to be found south of the Mason-Dixon line. Weaving your way through the Talladega National Forest, keep a sharp eye out for rare species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker or the gopher tortoise. One of the most rewarding hikes begins at Cheaha Lake. Cutting its way through an array of rock formations and scenic views, you will reach the summit of Mount Cheaha, the highest point in Alabama. Climb Bunker Tower, which acts an observation tower, to be rewarded with a panoramic view of the state park.
Camping with an RV in Cheaha will allow you to travel vast areas of the park searching for the best-hidden places, such as Lake Chinnabee and Lake Henry. Cheaha's lakes and rivers also host a wide range of fishing opportunities, offering some of the best recreational bass and bluegill fishing in the area. The breathtaking waterfalls of Salt Creek, Rendalia and Morgan Lake make these fishing spots some of the most picturesque in all of the state.
Cheaha State Park has an elaborate network of mountain bike trails that criss-cross the entire park. Marked out in yellow blazes, the Cheaha Express trail covers eight to nine miles, containing three small loops. Other similar trails are also marked out in their own specific colored blaze-blue for the Lower Spring loop and purple for the Deer Run trail-try looping them all in different directions for a more interesting ride!
With camping sites in the heart of the park and its edges, camping at Cheaha State Park has never been easier. Those with a RV rentals have a choice between two campgrounds, each with their own unique campsite experience.
Cheaha State Parks main campsite is a half-hour drive from I-20, and with thirty sites it is the ideal place to stay if you wish to be in the heart of the park. Full hookups are available, accommodating 20, 30 and 50 amp electric. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash; no more than six feet long. Government employees, senior citizens,, and individuals with disabilities are eligible for a 15% discount, this excludes holidays.
Closest to the entrance of the park, and nestled in the Talladega Forest lies Scenic Drive RV Park. All sites are extra large and big-rig friendly and come complete with 30 and 50 amp hookups to accommodate all modern campers needs. This is a pet-friendly spot that includes spacious showers and bathroom facilities, all ADA accessible. Scenic Drive RV Park is the most convenient of all Cheaha State Park RV campgrounds if you wish to be a short drive from the nearest stores and restaurants.
The nearby town of Oxford is home to some of the best sightseeing attractions outside of Cheaha State Park. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame is unique to this area and a must-visit for anyone with an Oxford camper rental. Fans of NASCAR and all variety of automobile racing will find a Hall of Fame, showcasing all the greats from the sport. Famous cars from the past two decades are displayed here, making it a great day out for all true racing fans.
For more great sights and activities, head to the sprawling metropolis of Birmingham. As Alabama’s biggest city, there are endless museums, galleries, and fun family activities to check out.
For an all-round family-friendly activity, take a visit to Birmingham Zoo. This fantastic zoo covers over a hundred acres containing up to 800 animals. With enthralling exhibits such as the alligator swamp and flamingo lagoon, to entertaining events such as the sea-lion splash show and interactive feeding aviary, there is something here to enlighten the whole family. Birmingham Zoo also has its own separate children's zoo, with a butterfly farm, bear trail and Alabama barn, perfect for the young ones.
For history buffs with a motorhome rental near Cheaha State Park, pop into the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. This large interpretive museum depicts the struggles of the civil rights movement throughout the 50s and 60s. As an integral part of Alabama's history and the nation's history as a whole, a visit here will educate and enthrall. With over 150,000 visitors a year and numerous award-winning programs, a visit to Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is one not to be missed.