Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall · Wildlife
Need to Know
There is a $3 parking fee. The trail has water features, some views, swimming holes, and more than half of the trail is relatively easy and enjoyable. There is also an overnight shelter.
The Chinnabee Silent Trail is blazed with white blazes although the trail is not blazed in the Cheaha Wilderness.
The Chinnabee Silent Trail starts at Lake Chinnabee in the western end of Talladega National Forest and runs approximately 6.3 miles through the area, with the last two miles located in the Cheaha Wilderness, before joining the Pinhoti Trail.
This section of the trail is one of the most scenic runs in the South. Here you have the chance to experience deep hardwood forests, rock outcrops, and waterfalls.
Starting at Lake Chinnabee, the trail follows Cheaha Creek for 3 miles; multiple trails will split off and cross the creek. Just 0.5 miles in, a wooden walkway provides great views of Devil's Den Falls. Continue a bit further, and the trail will come down to Devil’s Den Falls with a very large and deep pool to swim in at the bottom (you'll typically find people swimming during the summer months).
Two miles beyond the creek, the trail climbs 1,000 feet and connects with the Pinhoti Trail. Be forewarned: it's a tough, rocky scramble, especially the last 2 miles.
Flora & Fauna
Trout lily and rare pink shell azalea. Numerous animal species such as black bears, bobcats, and even armadillos.