Cheaha State Park RV & Campground Guide

Alabama

Cheaha State Park

is Alabama's oldest continuously operating state park, located in Clay and Cleburne Counties. The park's 2,799 acres include Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in the state, while the park also adjoins the famous Talladega National Forest. Within the park, you’ll find 73 modern campsites, as well as a 30-room hotel, chalets, cabins, a cliffside restaurant, and the Bald Rock Group Lodge (which is used for conferences and weddings).

During the four seasons, weather can vary greatly in this area. While summer can see highs of 87°F, winter can experience temperatures as low as 29°F. Therefore, it’s important to do your weather research before you come, as well as to pack layers which will keep you comfortable in rain, hail, or shine. If you’re planning a visit to Cheaha State Park, you’ll need to know everything about camping, in-park activities, how to get here, and more. Keep reading to find out all there is to know about this region!

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Weather
Spring 39-77 F
Summer 62-87 F
Fall 37-81 F
Winter 29-54 F
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Nearby Cities
Oxford, AL
Birmingham, AL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Cheaha State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Cheaha State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If sleeping bags and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t up your alley, then we wholeheartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Cheaha offers 72 improved campsites with 40 campsites in the Upper Campground and 32 in the Lower Campground. These have 20, 30, and 50 amp electrical hook-ups with full water and sewer hook-ups. Semi-primitive and primitive campsites are also available, however these campsites can fill-up quickly.

Some other campgrounds and RV parks within the area include:

Scenic Drive RV Park and Campground

Scenic Drive RV Park and Campground is nestled in the Talladega National Forest, just a short drive from the state park. Despite its beautiful mountain setting, you are still within a stone throw from some of the region’s most famous attractions. All sites are extra-large to accommodate most RVs and rates start from $36 per night for a back-in site.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: bathrooms and showers, laundry facility, handicap accessible.

Cane Creek RV Park

Cane Creek is a family owned and operated RV park featuring open, grassy meadows, abundant trails, and a beautiful creek. Here, you’ll find 39 RV Sites, including 28 with full hookups and 11 with partial hookups (electric and water).

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, laundry and bathroom facilities, dog walkway.

Knox Landing Campgrounds

Knox Landing Campgrounds is within minutes of some great local attractions in Pell City, including Lakeside Park, Ten Islands Historic Park, Pell City Recreation Hall and Lake Side Landing. The family-oriented campground is also conveniently located on Logan Martin Lake, offering swimming, fishing and boating.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: no
  • Pet-friendly: N/A
  • Other amenities: bath house, boat ramp.

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What to Do at
Cheaha State Park

Inside Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park is a widely-visited region because of the number of fun recreational activities on offer within its gates. From miles of hiking and biking trails, to beautiful picnic spots, rock climbing opportunities, fishing, and more – there’s something for everyone when visiting Cheaha!

Hiking: There are several hiking trails within the park, most of which are less than a mile long. There are also two seasonal waterfalls inside the state park boundary, providing breathtaking hikes for visitors. The park also hosts annual waterfall hikes and tours, so keep an eye out on their Events page.

Biking: There are 5 trails on the east side of the park that were created as bike trails. These include Cheaha Express, Deer Run, Lower Spring Loop, Upper Spring Loop, and Cheaha Run.

Swimming: Take a swim and cool down in Cheaha Lake, a 6-acre man-made lake that has its own playground, beach, diving platform and paddle boats. Paddle boats can be rented for $5 for 30 minutes, while a jon boat costs $10 for 4 hours rental.

Fishing: The Cheaha Lake also offers some of the best recreational bass and bluegill fishing in the immediate area. Just keep in mind that all eligible anglers 16 years of age and older must have in their possession a valid State of Alabama Fishing License.

Museums: If you fancy learning more about the area, then the Walter Farr Native American Relic Museum is worth a visit. It contains a collection of hundreds of artifacts including arrowheads, knives, drills, bird points, pottery, and much more.

Outside Cheaha State Park

With Cheaha adjoining Talladega National Forest and being located just 76 miles from Birmingham (the state’s most populous city), there’s no shortage of fun activities to enjoy outside of the state park too. From sightseeing and restaurants to shopping – there’s certainly something for everyone.

Restaurants

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Just half an hour’s drive away from the state park is Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, a lively, family-friendly chain featuring Italian favorites such as pastas, pizza, and more. Popular menu items include lasagna dip, loaded pasta chips, and lasagne frittas. Delicious!

Type: Oxford, AL

IHOP

Craving a delicious breakfast during your state park stay? Look no further than IHOP for its famous and wide variety of pancakes, as well as other menu items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. From waffles and French toast, to crepes, omelettes, burgers, sandwiches, and more -  there’s something to suit every tastebud.

Type: Oxford, AL

Top O' the River

Top O' the River is a family owned and operated restaurant that has been running for over 25 years. They’re famous for their delicious seafood, as well as their catfish dishes. Here, you can expect fast service, quality food, a friendly atmosphere, and of course, value.

Type: Anniston, AL

Shopping

Oxford Exchange

The Oxford Exchange is one of the largest shopping malls within vicinity to the state park, so it’s perfect for if you’ve forgotten much-needed supplies or simply need some retail therapy. You’ll find a long list of shops here, as well as health/medical providers, restaurants and cafes, and so much more.

Location: Oxford, AL

Sightseeing

Talladega National Forest

We mentioned it earlier, but with the Talladega National Forest neighboring the state park, it’s certainly worth the visit. The forest covers 392,567 acres and contains plenty of leafy trails for hiking, mountain biking, and all-terrain vehicles. There’s also an on-site campground, as well as several lakeside picnic spots.

Location: Brent, AL

International Motorsports Hall of Fame

This museum is just a short drive from the state park and features 3 exhibit halls, a pavilion, gift shop and research library, plus a speedway tour by van. It’s a must-visit for any motorsport enthusiasts – from children to adults alike.

Location: Lincoln, AL

Desoto Caverns

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away is Desoto Caverns, a family fun park packed with over 20 activities for all ages (including a maze, gem panning, crystal find, wacky water golf, archery, and more). This place is most famous for its unique caverns, however, as well as its rich historical past. A laser light, sound, and water show is included in every cavern tour.

Location: Childersburg, AL

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How to Get to
Cheaha State Park

Cheaha State Park is located 12 miles south of I-20 off State Highway 281 in northeast Alabama.

From I-20, take exit to AL-77. Turn right onto AL-77 and travel approximately 13 miles. Turn left onto AL-21 (Haynes St) and travel less than a mile. Turn right onto AL-21 (North St E) and continue on AL-21 approximately 5 miles. Bear right onto McElderry Rd (CR-398) and continue on McElderry for less than a mile. Turn right onto Cheaha Rd (CR-385) and continue on Cheaha Rd approximately 8 miles. Continue onto AL-281 and travel approximately 2 miles to the park entrance.

Entering Cheaha State Park

Day use park entrance fees range from $2 - $5 per person, however this does not apply to overnight guests. Children 3 years and under can gain park entry for free.

Annual Pass : $55

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Cheaha State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!