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Hike in the Cheaha Wilderness

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Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, my wife Jamie and I were brainstorming about a place for a day hike.  If you don’t know us, “Off the Beaten Path” is where we’re always headed.  We decided to check out the Cheaha Mountain area because we haven’t spent a lot of time there.  After a few looks at Facebook hiking groups and our friend Google, we decided to go search out McDill Point.   It’s in the Cheaha Wilderness next to the Cheaha State Park; both having the highest points in the state with incredible views.   We found the trail head which is also the beginning point for the Pinhoti Trail.  If you stay on this trail, you can walk 335 miles to Springer Mountain in Georgia which is the start of the Appalachian Trail.  Lucky for us, it was just over 2 miles to McDill Point.

As we hiked, we passed Hernandez Peak.  Along the way we saw several rock outcroppings and with the leaves gone we could see for miles.  The trail was rugged but still fairly easy because there was not a lot of change in elevation.  With a moderate pace the round trip took us about 3 hours.  To finish up we ate a late lunch at the restaurant in the state park which was an experience in itself.  The food was good and the views were worth the trip.  It was built with limestone rock from the area in 1973.  Interestingly, most of the park was constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp and is the oldest state park in Alabama.  We’ll definitely make a return trip to hike further and see the fall foliage.  Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Eddie Stone

Eddie Stone is an accomplished agent for Great Southern Land specializing in buying and selling land. An Alabama resident, Eddie has used his extensive knowledge to work and sell land in 15 counties surrounding the Birmingham Metro area. Eddie obtained a Master's Degree in Forest Business from Mississippi State University. For the next 20 years, he worked as a Registered Forester in the large corporate sector in both the procurement and land management arenas where he became an expert in land management, maximizing the biological growth of timber, determining the value of a timber tract, and maximizing its value for the landowner. In 1999, Eddie founded Forever Green, Inc.; a consultant forestry business that quickly became a leader in the local timber business. He went on to obtain a real estate license and join Great Southern Land as an Alabama land agent to further serve his clients' needs and provide full-scale, exceptional service. Eddie is also a Contractual Conservation Planner for the Georgia Alabama Land Trust. He prepares Conservation Easement Baseline Documentation Reports which includes technical writing, field inspections, GPS documentation, and GIS map preparation. Eddie's forestry expertise, coupled with being a REALTOR, has made him uniquely qualified to help clients navigate all aspects of buying and selling land.