Birmingham: Cheaha Mountain

Hike 'Bama's longest trail to reach its highest peak on this 20.6-mile out-and-back near the southern anchor of the Appalachian Mountains.
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Hike 'Bama's longest trail to reach its highest peak on this 20.6-mile out-and-back near the southern anchor of the Appalachian Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.7

Waypoints

CMT001

Location: 33.370418548584, -85.8429794311524

Head NE on yellow-blazed Odum Trail; R @ immediate Y to ascend Cedar Mountain along High Fall Branch past several audible, just-off-trail waterfalls

CMT002

Location: 33.3998680114746, -85.8414840698242

Go R 50 ft. off trail for good overlook with views E to Shinbone Ridge

CMT003

Location: 33.4123840332031, -85.8284301757812

L @ Y, following Odum Trail around Big Caney Head

CMT004

Location: 33.4235992431641, -85.8302993774414

R @ 4-way onto Alabama Pinhoti Trail along Talladega Mountain

CMT005

Location: 33.433967590332, -85.8236694335938

Head 15 ft. W for overlook to antenna-crowned Cheaha Mountain, hike’s goal

CMT006

Location: 33.4518661499023, -85.8217697143555

McDill Point: Head down short side trail for great views W from overlook. Wreckage of small plane on R along spur trail; since 1940, more than 13 planes have crashed in this area

CMT007

Location: 33.4718818664551, -85.8082504272461

L @ Y

CMT008

Location: 33.4748687744141, -85.807014465332

L onto AL 281; walk 150 yds. N on road to Cheaha State Park entrance through chestnut oaks and dwarfed Virginia pines on ridgeline

CMT009

Location: 33.4772338867188, -85.8080978393555

R off road into park, continue N

CMT010

Location: 33.4854164123535, -85.8086166381836

Cheaha Mtn. (2,407 ft.). Climb metal stairs of tower for grand views over the undulating hills of 232,000-acre Talladega National Forest. Retrace steps to trailhead