|Mt Cheaha and Cheaha Lake|
It was a bit of a sad day for me. Although I had a week left of traveling, it was an end of an era. Most people don't know that the Appalachian Mountains stretch from Alabama all the way to coastal Quebec. They dip into the ocean briefly only to emerge in eastern Newfoundland. Speaking geologically, Greenland, Scotland, the Orkneys, Wales, Spain and Morocco all have traces of the Appalachians as well. As for the continental Appalachians though, this would be it for me (for now). I've traveled all across the ancient mountain range from the Gaspe Peninsula to here and this is what made it a poignant and somewhat sad hike.
Unlike the pristine wilderness of the Gaspe Peninsula, Cheaha State Park is basically a resort destination. The mountain top is completely built up and serves as a campground with cabins and RV sites. It looked like a nice place to stay but I preferred hiking on the trails which left the main drives.
|A beautiful sunset from near the summit|
Pulpit Rock and the Lake Trail are both easily done trails for anyone who's even remotely experienced in hiking. The latter has a pretty steep decent and ascent but it makes hiking the high point feel like more of an accomplishment. Pulpit Rock is a nice overlook. Mountain Biking Trails exist too although they are rough in most sections.
|Overlook from Lake Trail with my silhouette on the overlook.|
The trail dips down below the cliffs and into the trees before coming right to the shore of Lake Cheaha. This lake forms a mirror for the cliffs of the upper region and is another popular place for photography. In the summer, it is a very popular place for swimming and small boating.
|The quaint summit tower|
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