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Field Trip: Cheaha State Park
October 5, 7:00 am–5:00 pm
At over 2,400 feet above sea level, Cheaha Mountain is Alabama’s highest point, a magnet for fall migrants, and an almost ideal location for an autumn birding trip. Join us on this full-day trip to one of Alabama’s most beautiful highland parks on the Alabama Birding Trail. All ages and abilities are welcome!
The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the Eastwood Chick-fil-A (1648 Montclair Road, Irondale), located just south of the Walmart and west of the Starbucks. From there, we’ll carpool and caravan east on I-20 to Oxford/Anniston (Exit 188), before turning south on Leon Smith Parkway and heading down scenic roads to the park entrance. Admission to the park is $5 for adults under 62, $2 for seniors and for children ages 6 to 11. For more information, visit the park website.
As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, binoculars, a full tank of gas, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire. This is a rain or shine event. In the event of inclement weather, you may contact the field trip leader that morning to confirm.
Accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible, except for the boardwalk, which we will visit. The rest of the trails are uneven terrain, and sometimes on rocky slopes. Feel free to bring a collapsible walking stick for those who are unsteady on their feet. Sturdy walking shoes are advised.
(Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.)
The birds: This is a great fall trip for migrating hawks, vireos, warblers, tanagers, and thrushes. You’ll find the latest eBird records for the park here.
The food: Be sure to bring along some cash, as we’ll plan for a lunch at the State Park Lodge.
Trip leader: Greg Harber and Paul Franklin lead this trip (205-807-8055 and 205-542-7647, day of field trip only). Feel free to email us if you have questions.