- This 6,544 acre wilderness in northern Alabama surrounds a portion of the southernmost extension of the Appalachian Mountains. It is named for the nearby Cheaha Mountain, which rises to 2,407 feet and is the highest point and a prominent landmark in Alabama. Elevations within the wilderness range from 1,100 feet to 2,342 feet at Odum Point. The high elevations provide numerous overlooks for panoramic views of east-central Alabama.
The wilderness is accessible by over 14 miles of the Pinhoti Trail System, the Odum Scout Trail, the Nubbin Creek Trail and the Chinnabee Silent Trail. Along the trails, there are numerous areas with rock outcrops that provide beautiful overlooks. From several points, no significant human habitation is visible. From spring to fall, a bluish veil of haze hangs in the air, standing out against other mountains as the Appalachian Chain dwindles down to hills at its southern terminus.
Recreation - The primary activities on the Cheaha Wilderness are hiking, backpacking, primitive camping and horseback riding. Hunting is permitted in accordance to state regulations. As with all designated wilderness areas, motorized and mechanized vehicles are not permitted.
Climate - Much of Alabama receives nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
The Cheaha Wilderness is located in northeast Alabama, on the Talladega National Forest, east of Talladega. It sits just south of Cheaha State Park.