Cheaha Falls is a stunning waterfall located in the Talladega National Forest of Alabama. It is one of the most beautiful and unique waterfalls in the state, with its cascading waters plunging over 100 feet down an ancient rock formation. The falls are easily accessible from nearby hiking trails, making it a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy.
Details about Cheaha Falls
The area around Cheaha Falls has been inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years and was once home to several Cherokee villages before being taken over by white settlers during the 1830s. Today, visitors can still find evidence of these early inhabitants scattered throughout the forest, including arrowheads, pottery shards and other artifacts left behind by those who lived here long ago.
The beauty of Cheaha Falls makes it an ideal spot for photography or simply taking some time out to relax and appreciate nature’s wonders. During summer months, visitors can take advantage of swimming holes at either side of the falls while in winter there are plenty of opportunities for ice skating on frozen ponds below them. Whatever season you visit in, Cheaha Falls will provide you with breathtaking views that will stay with you forever!
Directions to Cheaha Falls
The falls are located near the town of Heflin, and can easily be accessed via several well-maintained trails.
Take Interstate 20 east to exit 199 onto Highway 431 South. Follow Highway 431 for about 18 miles until you reach County Road 28 (also known as Old Heflin Road). Turn right onto County Road 28 and drive approximately 10 miles until you see the entrance to Cheaha State Park on your left. Once inside the park, follow signs for Lake Chinnabee/Cave Creek Trailhead parking lot; this is where you will begin your journey to Cheaha Falls.
Once parked at the trailhead, make sure you have plenty of water and snacks before beginning your hike down Cave Creek Trail towards Cheaha Falls. After about an hour or so of hiking (the trail is very well maintained), you will come across a small bridge which marks the end of Cave Creek Trail and start of Pinhoti Trail #1A (a more rugged path).
Continue along Pinhoti 1A for another half mile or so until you hear cascading water – this is when you know that you’ve reached Cheaha Falls! Enjoy some time taking pictures and admiring nature’s beauty before heading back up Cave Creek Trail towards your car!