Cherokee Ridge offers access to rich woodlands, as well as spectacular views over Lake Martin. Overlook Park on Cherokee Ridge is the starting point for over 11 miles of hiking trails, including one that skirts the shoreline of Lake Martin for approximately 4 miles. Other trails take hikes along high rocky ridges and bluffs, some with vistas of six to eight miles that overlook Kowaliga Bay and Chimney Rock. Bald Eagles are spotted regularly over the lake; Wild Turkeys are abundant in the lush hardwood forests that surround the trail, as are other traditional woodland birds.
All trails at the Cherokee Ridge site are marked with white rectangular blazes on trees or rocks, are easy to moderate difficulty, and all descend from ridge to shoreline and back to Overlook Park. Picnic tables and ample parking at Overlook Park make this a good place to relax before and after your hike.
Directions: Take AL 49S through Dadeville. Drive to AL 50 and turn right. Go 4.2 miles to CR 90. Bear right and go 3.5 miles; arrive at Overlook Park and Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association trail head.
GPS: 32.6963269 -85.891672
Contact: P. O. Box 240503
Eclectic, AL 36024