The word Cheaha comes from the Creek Indian word “Chaha” which means “high place.” Nestled in the Talladega National Forest, Cheaha State Park holds the highest point in all of Alabama and is the state’s largest, and oldest state park.

When we arrived we had a picnic near the peak and Trey played on some antiquated playground equipment (it desperately needed an upgrade). At the summit is Bunker Tower, a stone observation tower, built in the 1930s by the CCC. Unfortunately in the late 50s, a TV tower was built beside it and more recently a massive cell phone tower was added too. Those two additions take away from the impressive stone tower and the panoramic views from the top.

We hiked a trail to Bald Rock, a point with a spectacular view west. Some other hikers lent Trey their binoculars and let him look for California.

Along the way back Trey found a lizard which he named “Gub” and carried for a quite a while. After the hike in the hot sun Trey was tired and gave our little reptile friend a very emotional farewell before with hit the road again.

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