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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.