Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

 

Hiking Chinnabee Silent Trail in Cheaha State Park

 

Talladega National Forest, Alabama

Clay County

Entry Fee: None at suggested parking area

Traffic: Moderate

 

I took this beautiful hike in autumn, starting at a suggested parking area (see below) along Talladega Scenic Drive and directly crossing the street north by northwest to find the Chinnabee Silent Trail trailhead. Treating it as a there-and-back trail to Lake Chinnabee works out to just under nine miles. The trail is well-worn as their is moderate traffic along the way to Cheaha Falls, just beyond which lies a hill and camping area.

 

Keep expectations in check here and you'll enjoy it as a small creek running from Lake Chinnabee pours over some rocks and falls maybe fifteen feet or so. A major plus side is that most travelers seem to turn back at this point and traffic thins dramatically. Just beyond, the hills ascent toward the campground where you will get some nice views of the rolling Appalachian foothills.

 

Most of the hike is through covered forest along the aforementioned creek. The trail is blazed well where needed, so you will unlikely lose your way even in dense areas or among switchbacks. My altitude gain worked out to under 1000 feet and although I never had to scramble, that's enough continual hillside and some rocky areas for a good day's workout.

 

Trail tips

  • Be confident in your vehicle inspection before going as their are miles of steep hills on narrow roadway with little or no room to pull over in case of breakdown
  • Park as mapped below for free entry, and if you make it to the Lake Chinnabee recreation area, you can pay a donation fee there if you like
  • Wear boots or other footwear with good grip and reinforced toe due to damp, rocky areas
  • Bring extra charge for mobile - much of the trail is out of cellular range and battery may wear down searching
  • Slow down! I saw more dead dear along the roadside than live ones

 

 

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Hiking trail map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park - PDF map of trail hike

 

Interactive Map of trail at AllTrails - Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Autumn in Talladega National Forest

 

Creek in the forest in autumn

Creek in the forest in autumn, Alabama

 

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest
Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

 

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

 

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

 

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Creek at Cheaha

 

 

 

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Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Trail tips

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Down South

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Down South

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Down South

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Down South

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park
Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Bryan Lindenberger
Chinnabee Silent Trail in Autumn at Cheaha State Park

Hiking map of Chinnabee Silent Trail at Cheaha State Park

Looking up at trees in autumn from a trail

Creek in the forest in autumn

Vista in Alabama, Talladega National Forest

Valley of trees changing colors in autumn

Rickety wooden bridge in forest in autumn

Creek flowing over rocks in autumn in Alabama

Down South