SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Cheaha State Park

By Alli Hill

SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Cheaha State Park

The best things in life don’t have to cost a fortune, and Alabama’s selection of state parks prove it. A visit to a state park is more than something to do. Depending on where you go, you may be in for the adventure of your life while you make memories and enjoy a day in Mother Nature. Check out the best things to enjoy in and around Cheaha State Park. 

1. Cheaha State Park, Delta, AL

As the highest point in Alabama, Cheaha State Park is undoubtedly one of the best natural wonders of the state. This mountaintop escape offers no shortage of things to do, including hiking, a swimming pool, lodging, wildlife, waterfalls, rock climbing, mountain biking, a gem mine, and a shared passion for all things outdoors. Just $5 grants you all-day access to all the park has to offer, making this state park one of the most budget-friendly adventures you’ll ever experience.

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2. CJ’s Family Restaurant, Oxford, AL

Start your day off right with a breakfast stop at CJ’s Family Restaurant. Located just minutes from the park, you can fill up on your favorite early morning staples to keep you focused on the day ahead. Their delicious flavors and family-friendly service has made CJ’s a favorite among locals and travelers alike. 

3. Kymulga Grist Mill, Childersburg, AL

History buffs won’t mind driving nearly an hour to Kymulga Grist Mill, one of the most visited historic sites in the area. This grist mill is steeped in Alabama history and features a park and covered bridge on-site waiting for you to come explore. It’s a photogenic site worthy of a postcard, so make sure you bring your camera. 

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4. DeSoto Caverns, Childersburg, AL

While you’re visiting Childersburg, keep the momentum going and visit the DeSoto Caverns. The town’s rich history continues underground in these iconic caves. DeSoto Caverns is a must see attraction “run by a family for families.” Aside from the jaw dropping onyx-marble stalagmites, there are also over 20 outdoor attractions at this park, such as archery, and rock climbing wall, and more. With something for everyone in your family, you won’t want to miss a beat here!

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5. Floating Fun, Oxford, AL

Weather permitting, you can go tubing down the Choccolocco Creek in a comfy inflatable tube. Surrounded by nature, you’ll experience some of the best sights and sounds of the area with the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. Sure, you can find tubing spots at Cheaha State Park’s lake, but they won’t quite match up to what you’ll discover at Floating Fun.

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6. Mount Cheaha Restaurant, Delta, AL

After a day of playing outdoors, refuel at the Mounta Cheaha Restaurant located inside the park. This country-style eatery offers panoramic views of the park along with delicious fare you wouldn’t expect from a state park restaurant. The themed decor adds to the experience to make your meal as fun as it is tasty.

7. Talladega Super Speedway, Lincoln, AL

To finish off an exciting trip, head to Talladega Superspeedway to take in a NASCAR race. This site is one of the most popular for professional racing, attracting thousands of visitors to its stands each year. If you plan your visit just right, you’ll be able to see some of the greatest racers in modern history in this small Alabama town.

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