Cheaha State Park Primitive Camping

The wife and I have picked up a new hobby, camping. I grew up in the Boy Scouts so I camped out about once every month as a child and a teenager. All the time I spent camping I had built up a collection of equipment growing up which my parents gifted me when I moved out into my own place. We have camped a couple of times in the past, mostly with friends. We enjoy primitive car camping. No shower is necessary as we are only gone for a couple of nights.

Our first camping experience was at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham, AL. The park is fun but the primitive campsites are right by the RVs and all sites are close together. Our experience here put us in a campsite next to a family with 2 children under 10. Needless to say that we did not get the peace and quiet we signed up for.

This leads me to Cheaha State Park just south of Anniston, AL. The park is beautiful and is situated 0.5 miles from the Pinhoti Trail. In search for an adventure outside of our house during Coronacation 2020 we came across primitive camping at Cheaha. Normally there are 2 primitive campgrounds available but during our visit the CCC Primitive Campground was closed for construction so we spent 2 nights at the Upper Primitive Campground.

Upper Primitive Campground
$19.00 per night Lodging tax NOT included
Primitive sites are located along Tower Road, Alabama‚Äôs highest point. There are 26 sites available. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, shared water spigots,  and access to public restrooms (no bathhouse access).

CCC Primitive Campground
$15.00 per night Lodging tax NOT included
The CCC Campground is on the site where our last Civilian Conservation Corps Co 2420 camped as they built the park. We have 28 rustic sites available. With a tent pad, fire ring, access to a vault toilet, and access to community water spigots (no bathhouse access).

https://www.alapark.com/parks/cheaha-state-park/campgrounds

The campground was nice and we had a good time. What we enjoyed most was the food and the hiking. There are a number of camp sites and we wound up at P111 which is 10ft from P110. It turns out that there were 2 families with a total of 5 children under 10. Once of which would not keep quiet from the hours of 9 am to 8 pm. Thank goodness we were hiking until 3:30 and were able to grab a quick nap until she got back to camp.

All this to day that make sure you pick a campsite that is not close to the one beside it. From our walk through the campground we found that there are a number of sites which we would enjoy staying in because they are not in close proximity of other sites. Below are a few notes about camping at Cheaha and campsites I recommend.

If you have any recommendations for primitive camping where campsites are dispersed in Alabama, East Georgia, or South East Tennessee I’m all ears.

Notes:

  • You can bring your own firewood
  • Water is available on site
  • There is no shower
  • There is an indoor restroom
  • There is plenty of hiking available
  • Max 8 people at each site
  • Recommended Campsites in Upper Primitive
    • P105 & P106 look big enough for 2 tents
    • P112: no campsite next to it
    • P125: away from any campsite

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