Cheaha Cheet Sheet
Cheaha is Alabama’s Oldest Continuously Operating State Park
First opened to the public in 1933 during the Great Depression, expanded further in 1939. Since then, it’s seen loads of improvements, including a restaurant, chalets, cabins, roads, and even a lodge that opened in 1973.
It’s Home to Alabama’s Highest Mountain
Mt. Cheaha, which derives its name from the Creek word for “high place,” is 2,407 feet high, and offers spectacular, sweeping vistas of the park. A stone tower sits atop the summit, allowing visitors to access the observation deck to enjoy the view.
There’s an Old Legend…
Much of the park occupies what was once the Creek nation, a collection of Native American tribes. In their lore, Mt. Cheaha is also known as the “sleeping giant,” not only because of its resemblance to a man reclining, but because of a story in which a young warrior is put to sleep by an evil chief. As he slept through the centuries, it is said that the warrior grew in size until he became the great mountain that can be seen from a distance today.
Much of the Park was Developed by the CCC
Between the years of 1933 and 1939, as part of FDR’s New Deal, the Civilian Conservation Corps took on a number of projects within the park. These include a stone bath house at Cheaha Lake, eleven stone cabins, two stone pavilions, and the Bald Rock Group Lodge. One of the largest project completed by the CCC was the six-acre Cheaha Lake, nestled at the foot of Cheaha Mountain, hand-dug by CCC workers. Today, there is a museum and self-guided tour of the CCC buildings available for visitors to enjoy and explore.