Cheaha Wilderness

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Cheaha Wilderness
Map showing the location of Cheaha Wilderness
Map showing the location of Cheaha Wilderness
LocationClay County, Alabama, USA
Nearest cityAnniston, Alabama
Coordinates33°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
Area7,245 acres (29.32 km2)
Established3 January 1983[1]
Governing bodyU.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. It lies within the Talladega National Forest and is administrated by the US Forest Service. 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". Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-03-14.

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