Chinnabee Silent Trail

Anniston, Alabama 36203

Chinnabee Silent Trail

Chinnabee Silent Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Chinnabee Silent Trail, meandering up a hillside toward Lake Chinnabee, showcases the beauty of Talladega National Forest. Along the way, the wonders of the forest are revealed again and again. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. In the gorge leading to the lake, the trail clings to rock walls on an elevated wooden platform and provides views of several waterfalls. Trail Surface: Dirt path; some travel over rock."

Chinnabee Silent Trail Trip Reports

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5/7/2018
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11/23/2011
Well marked. Excellent shelter. Plenty of water sources before the long climb to the intersection with Pinhoti trail.
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7/18/2009
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!!
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5/3/2008
We hiked the trail and took a little swim in one of the waterfall pools... Great Fun! Cold water!
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3/8/2008
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.
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6/24/2007
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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6/17/2006
Awesome trail, this was my first time out there and my wife and I had a great time. The terrain is up and down a pretty good bit, but not too bad. The falls (which you come to after the 1st mile) are okay, but the best part is about 3 miles or so into it (about 1/2 mile before the lake) where they have several areas of falls and some GREAT spots for sitting near the falls and jumping from the rocks into the deep pools below. We camped a little before this area where there are 2 spots next to the creek which provide a great camping. It was hot this past weekend but still great. Be sure to carry all the water you'll need or bring something to clean the creek water, because there is no supply (other than the creek). Unlike many trails in gatlinburg or chattanooga and many others, this park allows unleashed dogs and open camping which is really great if you want to do some "real" camping and bring your dog.
I'm sure anyone who has never hiked this area will be very surprised at the beauty of this trail. I can't way to go back.
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4/4/2006
I really enjoyed this hike. It was the second leg of the loop lots of folks do, joining the Pinhoti, Skyway, and Silent. We left from Adams Gap and headed up the Pinhoti, opposite the direction that most guides are written. We camped at the juntion of the Pinhoti and the Silent Trail. Perhaps the best part of the hike for me was the end when we came to the creek. Fantastic views of numerous cascades and small waterfalls. We couldn't take enough pictures!
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10/19/2005
The trail was fairly well marked except at Cheaha Falls. There was no indication that the trail went straight across the rocks/creek at the top of the falls. I had to get my compass out to figure out the route.

Not unexpectedly, the falls along the trail had minimal water flow due to the long dry spell we have had.

The most scenic areas were the the Cheaha Falls area near the beginning of the route and the Devils Den/Chinnabee area. The large rocks in the creek at Chinnabee area were nice. There was a nice picnic area and an outhouse there. No water. A nice small lake and a camping area near the lake. National Forest day use fee of $3 if you drive into the picnic area.

There were fallen trees a 3 places along the trail that required going over or under. I saw hardly any wildlife. The only other hikers were one family at the Cahaba Falls. There was only one family at the Chinnabee picnic area and 2 families at the camping area. So the trail was really peaceful on a weekday.

The 3 sided shelter on the trail was in good shape and would be a nice place to bed down if one were overnighting. There was a nice view of the forested mountains from the shelter. And there was a picnic table there.

The trail was listed as 4-7 hours for the 7+ mile trail. It took me 5.5 hrs. hiking time. That did not include the time I spent making photos.
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9/10/2004
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Trail Information

Anniston
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,150 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,200 feet
Top Elevation
Talladega National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Cheaha Mountain
Local Maps