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Cheaha State Park: Alabama’s Tallest Point

The overlook at Bald Rock on Cheaha Mountain at Cheaha State Park.

Cheaha State Park features 2,799 acres of beautiful mountain scenery at the highest point in Alabama.

The park is located at Cheaha Mountain, which rises 2,407 feet above sea level. Amenities include a hotel/lodge, cabins, chalets, campgrounds, picnic areas, restaurant, hiking trails, overlooks, museum, boardwalks and more.

Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad takes you to the top of the mountain for a quick visit to this outstanding Alabama state park:

Cheaha State Park is open seven days per week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person per day for visitors age 12 and up, $2 per person per day for kids ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and under.

Please click here to visit the park’s official website for more information.

Cheaha State Park
19644 Hwy 281

DeltaAL 36258




CSS Chattahoochee: Their Dreams Exploded (New Video)

Our new documentary – CSS Chattahoochee: Their Dreams Exploded – is now available for viewing free on your tv set through our Roku channel or you can stream it right here! We hope that you enjoy it and find it to be of interest.

Covered Bridge Trail in Blount County, Alabama

The Blount County Covered Bridge Trail is a self-guided driving tour to three charming and historic covered bridges. Click play to enjoy:

The Covered Bridge Trail is just a short distance north of the Birmingham metro area. The ideal place to begin your tour is in the county seat of Oneonta. From there, drive about five miles north on State Road 75 to the Horton Mill Covered Bridge.

Our next recommended stop is at Palisades Park, a beautiful mountain-top landmark that is known for its sheer bluffs, incredible views and historic structures. It is a great place for a picnic!

From Palisades Park, continue to the Easley Covered Bridge. This lightly traveled bridge is the smallest of the covered bridges in Blount County and is very scenic.

The final stop on the Blount County Covered Bridge Trail is the most impressive! The historic Swann Covered Bridge spans a beautiful rocky gorge and is the longest covered bridge in Alabama.

Here are some additional photographs of the bridges for your enjoyment. Blount County has more covered bridges than any other county in Alabama and all three have been beautifully restored.

Horton Mill Covered Bridge in Blount County, Alabama.
Horton Mill Covered Bridge in Blount County, Alabama.
Another view of the Horton Mill Covered Bridge.
Another view of the Horton Mill Covered Bridge.
Blount County is the "Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama."
Blount County is the “Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama.”
The Swann Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Alabama.
The Swann Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Alabama.

The Creek War at Pittman Ferry in Holmes County, Florida

Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.
Pittman Ferry (now East Pittman Creek Landing) was an important landmark of the Creek War in the Florida Panhandle.

Pittman Ferry, now called East Pittman Creek Landing, is a park and boat landing on the Choctawhatchee River in Holmes County, Florida.

Developed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the landing is adjacent to the State Road 2 bridge and marks the northern end of the state-designated Choctawhatchee River Blueway paddling trail.

Pittman Ferry played an important role in the last stand of the Creek Indians east of the Mississippi River. Learn the story by clicking play on this video:

Pittman Ferry served as a landing for paddlewheel riverboats into the 20th century and – as the name implies – was the location of an early ferry crossing.

Today’s East Pittman Creek Landing is a beautiful little bluff-top park area. Amenities including a paved boat ramp, picnic tables, grill and portable toilets. The park is open daily and is just off State Road 2 at the end of Choctawhatchee Lane.

Directions and more information:

Northwest Florida Water Management District East Pittman Creek

Choctawhatchee River Blueway Guide

Also of interest:

Apalachicola & Choctawhatchee Rivers at Flood Stage (Jan. 24, 2017)

 

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Water pouring from the Jim Woodruff Dam at Chattahoochee, Florida.

The crest is moving downstream on the Apalachicola, Chipola and Choctawhatchee Rivers as water from this weekend’s storms continues to flow into all three.

(Scroll down the page for more photos!)

Here are river conditions as of 3 p.m. this afternoon. Please note that forecasts can change.

Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     61.22 feet and falling
Crest:     62.32 (already reached)

The Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee crested at 62.32 feet last night and has started to fall. It did not reach flood stage.

Apalachicola River at Blountstown

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     19.81 feet.
Flood Level:     17 feet.
Projected Crest:     20.4 feet.

The Apalachicola River at Blountstown is above Flood Stage and will continue to rise before cresting at around 20.4 feet on Wednesday.

Chipola River at Marianna, Florida

Level:     15.32 feet and rising.
Flood Level:     19 feet.
Projected Crest:     17.4 feet.

Projected crest of the Chipola River at Marianna has been raised a second time now but the  river is not expected to reach flood stage.

Chipola River at Altha, Florida

Level:     16.87 feet and rising
Flood Level:     22 feet.
Projected Crest:     19.3 feet on Friday night.

Choctawhatchee River at Newton, Alabama

Level:     16.8 feet and falling.
Flood Level:     19 feet.
Crest:     24.8 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River crested at Newton on Monday (1/23) afternoon after reaching moderate flood levels. By 3 p.m. today, it had fallen 8 feet from its highest point yesterday.

Choctawhatchee River at Geneva, Alabama

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     24.36 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     23 feet.
Projected Crest:     24.9 feet.

The Choctawhatchee River at Geneva, Alabama is nearing its projected crest of 24.9 feet . It should crest sometime tonight. The river is above flood stage.

Choctawhatchee River at Pittman, Florida (State Road 2)

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     24.67 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     23 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is above minor flood stage at Pittman in Holmes County, Florida, and is still rising.

Choctawhatchee River at Caryville, Florida

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     13.55 feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     12 feet.
Projected Crest:     14.9 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is now above flood stage at the U.S. 90 bridge between Caryville, Florida and Westville, Florida. It will continue to rise tonight and tomorrow before cresting tomorrow night.

Choctawhatchee River at Ebro/Bruce, Florida (State Road 20)

FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT

Level:     12.61feet and rising.
Flood Stage:     13 feet.
Projected Crest:     16.5 feet.
The Choctawhatchee River is expected to reach Major Flood levels between Ebro and Bruce, Florida by Thursday or Friday. River interests should take all necessary precautions now and all safety recommendations should be followed.

We will provide another update tonight. Here are some photos taken today, yesterday and Sunday.

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Most of the gates were open today (Tuesday) at the Jim Woodruff Dam in Chattahoochee, Florida.
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A closer view of water coming through the Jim Woodruff Dam and into the Apalachicola River from Lake Seminole.
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Looking down the Apalachicola River from the U.S. 90 bridge at Chattahoochee, Florida. The historic bridge in the foreground is the old Victory Bridge, built during the 1920s and named to commemorate the Allied victory in World War I.

 

Oak tree damage along historic "canopy road" segment on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore, Florida.
Oak tree damage along historic “canopy road” segment on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore, Florida.
Electric lines wrapped in fallen oak tree on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore in Jackson County, Florida.
Electric lines wrapped in fallen oak tree on Oak Grove Road north of Parramore in Jackson County, Florida.
Choctawhatchee River over its banks at Cedar Bridge on County Road 83 near Echo, Alabama.
Choctawhatchee River over its banks at Cedar Bridge on County Road 83 near Echo, Alabama. (Photo by Kate Kirkland)
Choctawhatchee River Flooding near Echo, Alabama (Photo by Kate Kirkland).
Choctawhatchee River Flooding near Echo, Alabama (Photo by Kate Kirkland).
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Chipola River beginning to rise at Marianna, Florida. The U.S. 90 bridge is in the background.
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Chipola River starting its rise at Marianna, Florida. Notice the brick pier from the 1914 steel bridge in the background. Part of today’s U.S. 90 bridge is visible at the extreme left of the photo.

 

Exploring the wreck of the paddlewheel boat Albany

The paddlewheel steamer Albany has been a landmark of Florida’s Apalachicola River for 90 years. Two Egg TV obtained special permission to visit her wreck for this story:

A U.S. government snagboat, the Albany operated on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers from around 1928 until 1959. She was tied up and abandoned at Chattahoochee a short time later during a high water event.

Her sister ship, the Montgomery, took over snag duties and continued to operate until 1982.

Many residents of the Chattahoochee and Sneads area remember the novelty of seeing the Albany as she sat high up on the bank of the Apalachicola River. Children played on the decks and explored the empty cabins of the virtually intact steamboat.

Paddlewheel at the stern of the Albany as seen in 1961 after she was abandoned atop the riverbank at Chattahoochee, Florida.
Paddlewheel at the stern of the Albany as seen in 1961 after she was abandoned atop the riverbank at Chattahoochee, Florida.

The Albany slowly deteriorated over time, however, and all that remains today is the hull and lower deck. Even that is rapidly disappearing and in another decade or two nothing will likely be left of the historic vessel but the steel beams of her hull.

She is one of the impressive number of wrecks to be found along the banks of the Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee. The presence of the skeletons of so many paddlewheel steamers and historic wooden barges there have led the stretch of water between the Jim Woodruff Dam and the CSX railroad trestle to be dubbed “Florida’s Inland Graveyard of Ships.”

The wreck of the Albany on private property and is not open to the public. We received special permission and assistance from the owner to photograph the meager remains of the once proud government steamer.

If you enjoyed our story on the Albany, you might also enjoy our visit to the wreck of the steamboat Barbara Hunt:

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Chattahoochee Park in Gordon, Alabama

Chattahoochee Park, often called Chattahoochee State Park, is near the town of Gordon in the very Southeast corner of Alabama. Two Egg TV’s Rachael Conrad takes you there:

The park is open 365 days per year and charges an admission fee of $2 per person. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/ChattPark.

 

 

Blue Springs State Park near Clio, Alabama

Alabama’s Blue Springs State Park is known for two large pools fed by a natural spring that pours out 3,600 gallons of water per minute. The spring is an important source of water for the Choctawhatchee River.

Blue Springs State Park is open 365 days per year. Hours are 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Oct. 1-Feb. 28) and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (March 1 – Sept. 30). Admission is $4 per person (ages 12-61), $1 for seniors (62+), $1 for kids (4-11) and free for kids 3 and under.

To learn more, please visit http://alapark.com/blue-springs-state-park.

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Boll Weevil Monument – Enterprise, Alabama

The Boll Weevil Monument is one of the few monuments in the world erected to honor an insect! Rachael Conrad has the story of this fascinating memorial in Enterprise, Alabama:

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