Trail: Cheaha Lake to Summit

Trail: Cheaha Lake to Summit

Page Type Page Type: Route
Additional Information Route Type: Hiking
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
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Although one can drive to the top of Alabama's Cheaha Mountain, many will want to more fully experience and enjoy it by hiking up it. Any easy to find and good starting point for a hike is from Cheaha Lake in the State Park. From the corner of the parking lot take the blue blazed Lake Trail up the mountain. This is a steep and rocky trail for the majority of it's length, and it offers amazing views along the way and even a couple of fresh/cold creeks to cool off in. The blue blazed trail is only about one mile long but gains around 1000 vertical feet. As you leave the blue blazed trail you should come out between cabins #1 and #2. Continue in a straight line watching for a large rock engraved with the word "CUSTODIAN" which you will come to within a 100 yards or less. At "CUSTODIAN" take a right onto the road, and simple follow the road to the top.

Alternatively once you reach the end of the blue blazed trail watch for the Mountain Laurel trail (Pink Marker) at the scenic area. Follow the Mountain Laurel trail to the upper campground then cut through the woods to the observation tower and then back down to the lake. 3.6 miles total.

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Getting There

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Red Tape

A parking fee will likely be charged at Cheaha Lake.




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