Elevation: 2,407 feet
From Talladega, home of America's fastest NASCAR track, it's a sedate Sunday drive past acres of wildfire-scorched pines and oaks to the medieval-looking observation tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Inside, two soda machines illuminate a metal staircase leading to a view of the undulating hills of 232,000-acre Talladega National Forest.
Contact: Cheaha State Park, (256) 488-5111; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks/cheaha_1a.html
USGS Topp: Cheaha Mountain