Chewacla State Park is one of Alabama’s 22 state parks. Located right outside of Auburn, Chewacla was a short 40 minute drive from my place in Montgomery.
I’ve lived in Montgomery for almost 2 months now, but still have yet to really talk about it here on the blog. I think Alabama is a great state with a lot to offer, so I knew hiking in Chewacla State Park would be a great way to introduce you all to Alabama.
Chewacla State Park
Chewacla State Park occupies over 690 acres of land just south of I-85. The Park’s central feature is 26 acre Lake Chewacla. The whole park was stunning and even on a Saturday none of the trails were too crowned.
By far the most impressive part of the park was the amazing mountain biking trails they had all throughout the entire park (26 miles of bike paths to be exact). The picture below is just a sample of how extravagant the trails are. Had I brought my bike with me I would have been all about these trails.
Hiking in Chewacla ranges from easy, moderate, and advanced; and has trails in length of 2 miles all the way to 10 miles. Because of the heat and humidity of the day, I kept my hiking to only short distances. All of the trails were well cared for and well groomed. Biking paths and hiking trails do overlap in some points, but I never had a problem with sharing the path with bikers.
My favorite trail of the day was my last trail, the Falls View Trail. As you can guess, it was the trail that lead to the waterfall.
The waterfall below is a man made dam. The top of the dam lines up perfectly up with the Lake Chewacla. There is literally a sign right at the top of the dam that says “stay off of dam”, but as you can see, some people think they’re cooler than the rules and were climbing up and down the rocks of the dam.
Gatsby is deathly afraid of water, so we didn’t get up close to the dam (read: I tried to bribe him and push him and it didn’t work). Instead we found a flat rock near the stream and sat down for some water and a breather.
It felt amazing to take my shoes off and just sit for a little while after a full day of hiking. I visited on Saturday so you can see there were quite a few other people there as well.
If you go
- Chewacla is open year-round
- There is $4 charge for adult admission into the park. Kids ages 4-11 and seniors are $2.
- Besides hiking, mountain biking, and fishing, Chewacla has 36 hookup campsites and 10 primitive campsites.
- Campsite prices vary depending on the time of the year and the day of the week. Weekends and holidays are more expensive.
- Chewacla is home to 6 beautiful stone cabins that are also available for rent.
- There is a ranger station at the entrance of the park that sells cold water and snacks and a ranger on duty.