|Cheaha Interpretive Labels
By JSU'S EPIC and Southern Customs Exhibits
(With an introductory panel by Alabama's Governor and First Lady, Don and Lori Siegelman)
Welcome to one of Alabama's most unique natural wonders. Just minutes away are the most dramatic overlooks imaginable and along this enjoyable stroll you may experience some of natures most beautiful wildlife and wildflowers.
Cheaha State Park is where we come time after time to relax and appreciate our beautiful mountains. We hope that you will come back too.
Don and Lori Siegelman
Accessibility isn't just an issue for those who use a wheelchair. It's important for us all. The design here allows our toddlers, our seniors, our sight impaired, and others a special place to visit safely. We hope that the design makes it easier for you. If you have suggestions or comments, please call 256-488-5111.
All over the country they fought fires, planted trees, and many of them worked right here. The CCC is responsible for building Cheaha's cabins, Bald Rock Lodge and even the rocky old trail. Can you find these signs of the CCC?
Other Creek Indians had a different, more creative name. They called it "sleeping giant". When you imagine being far away and seeing the silhouetted ridge lines, this name makes sense too. Maybe, right now, you're standing on the giant's shoulder!
Throughout time, many of those who have journeyed here have done so for spiritual reasons, inspiration, and for the peacefulness. Funny how some things never change.
Through time they have been crushed, broken, and exposed to the surface. While most rocks have eroded away, the tough quartzite has remained behind to form these ridges.
Millions of years ago, most of Alabama was covered by the sea. As the rock layers found at the bottom of the ocean were crumpled up to form the Appalachian mountains, remnants of the old sea creatures which lived there were pushed up too.
Like natural bonsai trees, some look gnarled and dwarfed by the weather. In fact, a nearby Virginia Pine with a diameter of only six inches had its age determined to be over 150 years old. In the valleys below, a tree that size might be only 10 or 20.
Are you being watched?
Reptiles and amphibians are also plentiful on and around Cheaha. Snakes, turtles, frogs, toads and salamanders are active during the warmer months. Yes, you are probably being watched!
To find their way they follow rivers, stars, magnetic fields and especially mountains like Cheaha. Why? Because when wind hits these ridges it blows upward, producing a cushion of air on which birds fly. From Maine to right here, the Appalachian Mountains create an invisible floating highway.
The Broad winged Hawk starts as far north as Canada. More and more of this species join the migration, until hundreds pass overhead here. By the time they reach their destination of Central and South America, there are tens of thousands flying together. Amazing!
on top of the World?
Look for our cities and towns. Can you find Talladega,
Munford, Oxford and Anniston? Look for Coldwater Mountain, Blue Mountain,
and Alabama's third highest mountain, Morton Hill. For help locating these
places check out the panorama finder to your right.
Alabama: More than Mountains
Look out over Alabama, be reminded of its splendor but please, never take it for granted. Your help is needed, so get involved with the conservation of this great place!
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|Last Updated: October 13, 2003|