Cheaha State Park

Location: Oxford, Alabama

Webpage: Alabama State Park

General Description: Cheaha State Park is located on top of Cheaha Mountain, the highest point in Alabama at 2,407 feet.  Surrounded by Talledega National Forest, this 2,799 acre state park offers something for everyone that enjoys the outdoors.  Activities include hiking, swimming, fishing, and access to the Kentuck ORV-ATV Trail.  Overnight accommodations include lodge rooms, cabins and A-frame chalets, RV camping with full hookups, semi-primitive camping near the highest point, and primitive camping near Cheaha Lake.

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Impressions:

1) There are two RV campgrounds in the park with around 35 sites in each.  The upper campground is on top of the mountain and thus is the more heavily used campground.  The lower campground is about 4 miles down the side of the mountain at Cheaha Lake.  Both have full hookups sites and at least at the lower campground, where we stayed, nearly all of the sites are pull through sites.  We had a very nice site with lots of room and a nice view of the woods and mountainside out the front of the RV.

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2) The offices are located on the top of the mountain, near the lodge and upper campgrounds and includes a small store and minimal laundry facilities.  The staff were very helpful and friendly.

3) The bathroom/shower facilities at the lower campground were clean and modern and perfectly suited for our needs.  The laundry facilities at the office complex consisted of a single washer and dryer that looked like they had not been used in a long time.  We opted not to try them out either.

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4) The only downside to the campgrounds was it’s seclusion, being over 15 miles from Oxford, the closest town on the interstate.  Since over half of this was along a windy mountain road with steep grades it was a bit of a challenge pulling the RV to the top, although the highway was newly paved and in great shape.  The roads inside the park, however, were in need of repair, especially the road in the campground.