The scenic 696 acres of Chewakla State Park is a delightful respite from the nearby interstate movement.
Amenities include a 26-acre lake, swimming area, playgrounds, hiking trails, modern camping, picnic areas with tables, grills, and newly renovated sheds and lodges.
Nearby, Auburn University makes Chevakla the perfect place to unwind during football weekends.
Chewakla State Park has five newly renovated 1930s stone cottages from the Civilian Conservation Corps. Wooden floors, stone fireplaces, beautiful new bathrooms, modern kitchens with stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, cookware and tableware.
All cabins have TVs but no telephones. Wheelchair Accessible: One cabin is specially built for the convenience of guests with reduced mobility; it has ramps, a wheelchair accessible shower and a large deck. These cabins are available all year round and require a reservation.
Chewacla State Park Campground has 36 campsites, 33 of which are fully connected.
All sites are equipped with picnic tables and grills. The park also has 15 primitive campsites and a group campsite. Showers are available throughout the campsite. Improved sites include water, sewer and 30A electricity for residential buildings and camping tents. Primitive sites do not have links and are intended exclusively for camping.
Three large picnic pavilions are available on reservation four months in advance. The pavilion overlooking Chevakla Lake is equipped with a fireplace for heating or cooking in cold weather. A playground is located in the lower picnic area. Picnic tables and grills are located throughout the park and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chewakla State Park has eight trails of varying difficulty that wind through the mountain range to the scenic 30-foot waterfall at Chewakla Dam. In addition, the park’s trail system includes a mountain bike trail and a tree identification trail.
Sweet Bush Trail – The Sweet Bush Trail starts at the Lower Refuge, circles around, and returns to the Lower Refuge. Some explanations are provided along the way. The trail is easy and takes about 25 minutes to complete.
Boy Scout Trail. The Boy Scout Trail begins on the west side of Stone Bridge and joins the Sweet Bush Trail.
The road is easy and takes about 30 minutes.
Troup 30 Scout Trail – The Troup 30 Boy Scout Trail begins on the north side of the Stone Bridge on Murphy Avenue.
The Troup 30 Boy Scout trail can be completed in approximately 45 minutes.
Eagle Scout Trail – The Eagle Scout trail branches off the Troup 30 Boy Scout trail on the east side of Chewakla Lake and ends on a forest road in front of the Walnut Shelter. The trail can also be reached from the car park located between the stream and Rifugi Noce. This trail is wide and easy to follow. The Eagle Scout Trail can be completed in approximately 20 minutes.
Deer Trail – The Deer Trail starts at the Upper Pavilion and follows Chevakla Creek to the forest road in front of the Nut Shelter. Another entry point to the Deer Trail starts from the east side of the lookout and connects to the Deer Trail at Chevakla Creek. This trail goes up a steep slope.
Ring Road Trail – The Ring Road Trail is a maintenance road closed to traffic. The trail leads to the Chevakla waterfall. This is the paved path.
Trail of mountain laurels. The trail of mountain laurels starts at the top of the pavilion, descends to the Chevakla waterfall, and then goes along the Chevakla lake. The path has several connecting paths that lead back to the Upper Pavilion. This route takes about 1 hour.
Mountain Bike Trail – The mountain bike trail runs around the top of Murphy Drive. The path is accessible from Noche’s hideout and from the Upper Pavilion.