Hiking in Chewacla State Park

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.

Chewacla State ParkMy 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.

Chewacla State Park

Chewacla State Park 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.

Chewacla State Park 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.

Chewacla State ParkIt 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.

Chewacla State Park

Chewacla State Park

Chewacla State Park

Chewacla State Park

Β 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.

Alabama's Chewacla State Park is a gem right outside of Auburn, Alabama.

Where’s your favorite place to go hiking?


  • Sarah P

    One of the coolest parts about your life now is that you get to see so many different places! I love hiking yet i never go. I need to do more of it now that I’m in New England surrounded by tons of mountains.

    • I was never really a big hiker until you and I went that summer I was in RI! I loved it and of course, I saw how much Gatsby loved it and i’lll do anything for gatsby πŸ™‚

  • That sounds like such a great place to go hiking, but I can only imagine how humid it must have been to go during the summer. I bet that it’s the perfect place to go when it starts to get cooler! You also can’t beat the relatively inexpensive price to get in!

    • The ranger was actually telling me people complain all the time about them charging to get in! I was like, “wait…what?!?” it’s $4 people, not $20!!

  • I love your dog!! It looks like an amazing place to go for a hike with him. { I’m assuming Gatsby is yours and also a boy. πŸ™‚ }

    • yes! Gatsby is mine and he is a boy! I love him too πŸ™‚

  • I love that wooden trail and oh my gosh, your dog is the cutest!!!

    • isn’t he though!?! i think he’s the cutest, but every parent thinks their kid is the cutest, so it’s always nice when other people think he’s cute too. I swear he’s even cuter in person too πŸ™‚

  • Those trails look AMAZING! Also, I love that your dog’s name is Gatsby. πŸ˜‰ There are some awesome hikes here in Virginia, but I’ve only ever written about one or two of them since I haven’t gone hiking frequently over the recent years!

    • he looks like a gatsby doesn’t he? haha πŸ™‚ i go through hiking phases. when I was living in Arizona this past fall I was really into it (the hiking there is amazing), but this was really my first time getting out hiking this year! hoping to do some more πŸ™‚

  • Such a fantastic looking hike, I especially loved that curve trail on the floor – how unique! I love, love trekking and especially love those that you can go for the day and get that ‘outdoors’ feeling – thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • i totally agree with the “outdoors feeling”. I love the hiking aspect, but even just the time i spent sitting sitting with my shoes off at the bottom of the stream was so serene. it really has a way of re-charging me.

  • Wow – that curved trail is amazing!!! I’ve never seen anything like that! I had no idea there were so many parks in Alabama!!!

    • I didn’t either, Sara! I’m already planning out the other state parks i’m hoping to make it to this summer πŸ™‚

  • Oh my! I really like that wavy boardwalk. It looks so cool! I am looking forward to read more about Alabama. I can see that is a very green state. I like that since it reminds me of the rainforests in Puerto Rico.

    • the boardwalk was awesome! especially when I caught a glimpse of mountain bikers on it! I’m looking forward to writing more about Alabama! πŸ™‚

  • your dog’s a big cutie!:) #wanderful wednesday

    • isn’t he?! he just turned 5 and i’m still just as obsessed with him as the day I brought him home as a puppy! πŸ™‚

  • That’s an interesting boardwalk right there. Must be fun to visit here. Lovely dog.

    • it was a great afternoon! both Gatsby and I had an awesome time. πŸ™‚

  • Julie Wunder

    What a great place to hike and cool off! There are little gems like this all over the country. Love your site!

    • yes, there truly is! you always hear about the big parks, Yellowstone and Yosemite, etc,. they are beautiful of course, but there’s so many “hidden gems” as you put it, all over. Thanks for stopping by, Julie πŸ™‚

  • I may not be a dog person, but I can get on board with a dog named Gatsby. πŸ˜€ I didn’t know you had moved to Alabama! I’m excited to see all of the places you are going to take us! πŸ™‚ This park is beautiful, and loved your line about some people being cooler than the rules – it is SO TRUE. Glad we are all still connected via a new link-up! πŸ™‚

    • I get so many compliments on Gatsby’s name! haha. I actually liked this park so much that my fiancΓ© and i took our engagement pictures here the other day!

  • Okay first of all YOUR DOG!!! So cute!! My dog hates water too, so I know what it’s like to have to bribe them to get close.. never works for me either. Second, that top!! Such a cute exercise top! haha πŸ˜€ Leave it to me to notice the clothes. Last this looks like such a relaxing day for a hike, even though it was hot and humid! I’ve never been to Alabama but with 22 State Parks, I think it would be a place I like a lot! Thanks for sharing and linking up Carrie πŸ˜€

    • I am so biased by I think my dog is the cutest thing I’ve laid eyes on. So it’s always nice when other people think he’s cute too. haha. I’m looking forward to seeing more of the state parks up in the northern part of the state. they have some stunning waterfalls in alabama, which completely surprised me!

  • Well if I had a dog like that of course I would miss him a lot πŸ™‚ I love hiking during the weekend, the weather has been so bad lately though! We haven’t hike like for over a month now!

    • isn’t he just the cutest thing ever?! I’m so obsessed with him, haha. The weather in alabama is almost getting to hot of much hiking. I’ve never lived in the south before, but the heat abad humidity is no joke here!