Hiking Tips

-Wear appropriate clothes/ footwear for the season. Tennis shoes & hiking boots are recommended no matter what terrain.

-Pack  water and snacks in your day pack.

-Be informed. Whether it is just taking a trail map or asking for directions, it is important to 'know before you go'. It is also important to consider your limits when it comes to the physical aspect of the trails.

-Stay on the trail.

-The trails close when the sun sets, so make sure you give yourself  enough time to finish your hike.

-Watch your step. There are many rocks, roots and stumps that line our mountainous terrain.

-Have fun exploring the beauty of Cheaha State Park!

Click here for  a printable trail map.

Click here for  a  black and white printable trail map.


Please practice the 7 Leave No Trace principles as you explore the park.

- Know Before You Go

- Choose The Right Path

- Trash Your Trash

- Leave What You Find

- Be Careful With Fire

- Respect Wildlife

- Be Kind To Other Visitors


Hiking/Biking Trails

    There are 5 trails on the east side of the park that were created as bike trails. Hikers are also welcome on these trails, but they need to yield to mountain bikers. The trails that you will encounter on the east side include: Cheaha Express, Deer Run, Lower Spring Loop, Upper Spring Loop, and Cheaha Run. This unique trail system showcases a view that is only visible on these trails. They also cross and parallel crisp mountain springs. Enjoy a brisk hike or ride on this stretch of trail.

Hiking Trails

-Bald Rock                                               0.3 mi

    There are 2 paths that lead out to Bald Rock Outlook, a boardwalk and a dirt trail on either side of the boardwalk. We invite all to bask in the beauty of nature at Bald Rock Outlook.

-Pulpit Rock                                            0.3 mi

    This trail has some steep terrain, but it takes you to a beautiful scenic outlook. Pulpit Rock is a popular rappelling area. Rappelling/rock climbing is only permissible in the park with a permit. For more information or to obtain a permit, go to the Cheaha State Park Country Store.

-Mountain Laurel                                   1.4 mi

    The Mountain Laurel Trail wanders along a streambank in a beautiful laurel thicket out to Rock Garden Outlook. This outlook showcases the beauty of Talladega National Forest, and has very few man made structures within view.

-Lake Trail                                                1.0 mi

    The Lake Trail connects Cheaha Lake to Rock Garden. This trail is very steep and rugged. It is a fun and challenging trail, but make sure you have proper footwear for tackling this trail.

-LNT Bigfoot Trail                                   0.5 mi

    The Leave No Trace Bigfoot Challenge Trail connects the CSP Motel to the highest point in Alabama. As you climb to the highest point, you have a chance to learn how to help us take care of the woods. There are LNT teaching signs scattered along the trail. There are also Bigfoot Cutouts scattered along the trail. How many Bigfoot will you see?

-Fisherman's Trail                                  0.6 mi

    The Fisherman’s Trail wraps around Cheaha Lake. This is a nice trail for finding the right fishing hole, exploring the park, or enveloping yourself in nature.