Cheaha Wilderness

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Cheaha Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Cheaha Wilderness
Map showing the location of Cheaha Wilderness
Location Clay County, Alabama, USA
Nearest city Anniston, Alabama
Coordinates 33°25′08″N 85°49′38″W / 33.41889°N 85.82722°W / 33.41889; -85.82722Coordinates: 33°25′08″N 85°49′38″W / 33.41889°N 85.82722°W / 33.41889; -85.82722
Area 7,245 acres (29.32 km2)
Established 3 January 1983[1]
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The 7,245-acre (2,932 ha) Cheaha Wilderness lies next to Cheaha State Park, near the Talladega Mountains in Alabama, United States. Congress designated the area on January 3, 1983[1] and expanded it in 1988.

From the stone tower on the summit of Cheaha Mountain, Alabama's highest point at 2,407 feet (734 m), a dense second-growth woodland stretches south across Cheaha State Park and into Cheaha Wilderness.

Best known for its elevated terrain and overlooks with panoramic views, the Cheaha Wilderness attracts hikers to its section of the Pinhoti Trail[2] This stretch of the trail runs from northeast to southwest across the entire Wilderness, a distance of about 10 miles (16 km). Primarily following a ridge system through Talladega National Forest, the Pinhoti crosses the top of Cheaha Mountain.

In total, the 100-mile (160 km) long Pinhoti Trail passes through both the Cheaha and Dugger Mountain Wilderness areas, and connects with the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.


  1. ^ a b Cheaha Wilderness Act, Pub.L. 97–411, 96 Stat. 2046, enacted January 3, 1983.
  2. ^ "Pinhoti Trail". 

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