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Adventure - Swim - Play - Wild Blueberries - Carpools

The Basics:
Event Type:Adventure
Event Location: Near Cheaha State Park   Adventure: Adventure - Swim - Play - Wild Blueberries - Carpools  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 18 2022  8:30 am >> Sat, Jun 18 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 9 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jun 18 2022 6:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike C
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


There should be blueberries this time of year and if you want to go swimming you can the temperature will be about    

  Hope you’ll join me for a wonderful adventure on the Chinnabee Silent Trail in the beautiful Talladega National Forest.  This will be a full day of hiking and swimming plus bonus wild blueberries.  Last year we found an incredible number of wild Blueberries along the trail and hopefully this will be another great harvest for us this year as well.  So, remember to bring along something to carry them in (a quart sized ziplock baggy works great, and of course we ate as many as we took home)!

     We'll leave from the carpool locations promptly at 7:30 AM and drive to the Cheaha State Park Headquarters.  We'll take a quick bathroom break there and also use it as a meeting point for anyone who may not be meeting at the carpool location.  From there it is just a short drive to the trailhead parking lot.  *The trailhead is located approx 3 miles south of the park headquarters on the left.  The trailhead we are using is directly across the road, NOT the one by the parking lot*.

     After just 1 mile, we’ll enjoy exploring Cheaha Falls and the surrounding rapids.  Once we've spent a decent amount of time there, we'll then hike another 2 1/2 miles over to the larger waterfall at Devil's Den.  We'll have lunch at the 2nd waterfall and plan on spending a full 40 to 50 minutes enjoying the falls and pool (very suitable for swimming). I increased the time based on comments from last year.  This will be an "in and out" hike of around 7 miles total distance. 

     The trail is named for Creek Indian Chief Chinnabee, an ally of Andrew Jackson during the Creek War.  The designation of “Silent Trail” comes from the trail’s builders.  Between 1973 and 1976, Boy Scout Troop 29 from the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind created the trail with the help of the USDA Forest Service.  The hike is considered by many to be one of the most enjoyable in the state.  

* If you are meeting us at the event, we'll see you at 8:45 Central time at the Cheaha State Park Headquarters.  

** We'll have one creek to cross at the first falls, but I'll allow folks to change out shoes for this. You will get wet. Once we reach our lunch spot you may change into Quick-dry clothing or a bathing suit. River shoes or an old pair of sneakers should be fine unless you prefer boots for some reason.  No flip-flops though. 

Promo picture thanks to John Stirman.


Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of Water

Hiking Shoes or Boots

Snack or Lunch


Dry Clothes for the ride home

Money for gas and your meal

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Waterproof Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Meeting address before starting the hike:

Cheaha Park Address:

19644 Hwy 281

Delta, AL 36258

GPS: Latitude 33.4702859 Longitude -85.8138687


From Atlanta area take I-20 WEST into Alabama

Take exit # 191 & Turn LEFT on U.S. Highway 431

Drive  3.7 miles & Turn RIGHT onto County Rd 131

Turn LEFT onto Highway 281 

Go south on 281 for 12.5  miles & Turn RIGHT into the Cheaha State Park Headquarters.  

There is a store with restrooms to the left when you enter. We will meet there before we continue driving to the trailhead.  If you are meeting us at the event, we'll see you at 8:45 Central time at the Cheaha State Park Headquarters.  *The trailhead is located approx 3 miles south of the park headquarters on the left.  The trailhead we are using is directly across the road, NOT the one by the parking lot*

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):224Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $89.60 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.



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