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Mount Cheaha & Talladega

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This area located east of Birmingham is full of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Mount Cheaha provides its visitors and residents with spectacular scenery and is convenient to larger towns and cities. Talladega is home to the Talladega National Forest and Talladega Superspeedway. This well-known area of Alabama is a great place to visit or live.

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What To See & Do

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Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail

Coldwater Mountain is a world-class destination trail system for mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers.

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Anniston Museum of Natural History

See dinosaur displays, mammals in open dioramas, a 400-species bird collection and two authentic Egyptian mummies.

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Cheaha State Park

Home to the highest point in the state, this park is a beautiful place for hiking, swimming, fishing and camping.

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Talladega Superspeedway

Featuring the longest NASCAR oval, Talladega Superspeedway is beloved by all racing fans.

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DeSoto Caverns Family Fun Park

Explore 12-story caverns and more than 25 outside attractions, including gem panning, a maze, wacky water golf and more.

Where To Stay

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Cheaha State Park Lodge

Choose from a room or a cabin in the heart of Cheaha State Park.

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River Rest Bed and Breakfast

Located on beautiful Logan Martin Lake, this premier bed and breakfast is the perfect alternative to a hotel or traditional lodging.

Where To Eat

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Classic on Noble

Once a saloon, this late 19th century structure has turned into a fine dining restaurant known for its Sunday brunch.

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Marble City Grill

Located in downtown Sylacauga, Marble City Grill features homemade specials, 145 varieties of beer and occasional live music.

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Fincher’s

Known for its catfish, slaw, hushpuppies and homemade cakes, Fincher’s is a favorite of all who try it.

Area Map

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Area Towns

  • Alexandria

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    Nestled in Calhoun County, Alexandria is a rapidly-growing community that has a population of more than 3,900.

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  • Anniston

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    Situated in a tree-lined valley of the Appalachian foothills, Anniston has many recreational opportunities, including bicycling, fishing, camping and golfing. Anniston is also home to the Anniston Museum of Natural History, the Berman Museum of World History, and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

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  • Ashland

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    Located in east-central Alabama, Ashland is proud of its small-town charm. Known as the City of Friends, Ashland is also in a prime vicinity for access to Mt. Cheaha, Lake Harris and the Talladega National Forest recreation areas.

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  • Childersburg

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    Childersburg proclaims to have a history dating back to the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.

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  • Cragford

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    Cragford is located in Clay County and is home to Red’s Catfish Cabin. Its catfish was selected as one of the state’s 100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die.

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  • Heflin

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    The Georgia-Pacific Railroad was completed from Atlanta to Heflin, Ala., in 1882 and contributed greatly to Heflin’s growth. The town prospered and was incorporated in 1886. Heflin is no longer dependent upon the railroad but serves as a shopping center for Cleburne County, providing its residents with a variety of shops, restaurants, and employment.

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  • Jacksonville

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    Jacksonville was founded in 1833 on land purchased from Creek Indian Chief Du-Hoag Ladiga. It was first called Dayton before becoming Jacksonville. It is now home to more than 12,000 people.

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  • Lincoln

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    Lincoln is located in Talladega County with a population of more than 6,000. It was named for Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, who served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War.

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  • Lineville

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    Located in Clay County, Lineville has a population of about 2,400.

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  • Ohatchee

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    Ohatchee is located in Calhoun County, with a population of about 1,200. It was incorporated in 1956.

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  • Oxford

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    Founded in the early 1850s, Oxford was the first city in Calhoun County to be incorporated. It has a population of more than 21,000.

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  • Piedmont

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    Piedmont, located in Calhoun and Cherokee counties, is a community that began in the early 1840s at the intersection of two early post roads. Its population is more than 5,000.

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  • Talladega

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    When most people think of Talladega, they immediately think of the Talladega Superspeedway, one of the largest and fastest speedways in the world. But in addition to the fast track, Talladega is home to a lovely downtown, featuring the historic Talladega Ritz Theater, and Cheaha State Park, where you’ll find boundless recreational opportunities as well as the highe…

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  • Vincent

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    Vincent is located in Shelby, St. Clair, and Talladega counties with a population of more than 1,800.

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  • Waldo

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    Waldo has a population of nearly 300 and is located in Talladega County.

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  • Wellington

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    Wellington is located in Calhoun County.

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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train

Birmingham serves as the state’s major air travel hub. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport offers 130 daily flights to 51 airports in 48 cities throughout the United States.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Aiport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212

(205) 595-0533

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The Mount Cheaha area is accessible from Highway 280 via Interstate 459, a spur that connects to Interstate 59.

Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Birmingham, which is a short drive away. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

Birmingham Greyhound Station
618 N. 19th St.
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 252-7190

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The National Railroad Passenger Corp., Amtrak, delivers high quality and timely passenger rail service.

1819 Morris Ave.
Birmingham, AL 35203

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