by Joe Cuhaj (Falcon Guides)
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Well marked. Excellent shelter. Plenty of water sources before the long climb to the intersection with Pinhoti trail.
Nice litlle trail, good for out of shape hikers like myself!!! only one or two small climbs! Must be a popular trail, encountered several dayhikers. connected to skyway right past swimming hole! Good trail for young hikers also!!
We hiked the trail and took a little swim in one of the waterfall pools... Great Fun! Cold water!
We hiked this trail the day after a light snow. The snow cover made for some excellent photos and the waterfalls were flowing very nicely. There are a couple of really nice campsites at each end of the trail, both located close to the creek. Definitely one of the better trails in Cheaha.
We started our trip from the trail head on 281 like the guide suggests after having stayed the night at Cheaha state park. We had intended to stay at Lake Chinnabee the next night. Unfortunately the camping area and lake were not what we expected. Basically we were looking forward to a nice swim after a hot days trek....not to happen. No swimming at Lake Chinnabee :(
The trail itself wasn't too strenuous but enough of a challenge that it counted for a hike. The trail from Lake Chinnabee to the falls is well maintained though a bit of trash from campers along the trail. From the falls to the trail head on 281, the trail was a bit overgrown and at least 4 large trees were across the trail.
All that said...Cheaha State park was pretty nice with excellent views. The pool and restaurant/deck is situated perfectly to view some spectacular sunsets. The "picnic" area (with semi-primitive sites with water and some grills)has awesome views of the sunrise.
We did go swimming at the water fall near Chinnabee. That was great! Imagine jumping off rocks into water without lifeguards or railings :)
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