Cheaha Mountain Skyway + ADD NEW ROUTE
7 in Alabama Alabama44 Miles
By Chris Frank
on September 1, 2007
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This route starts just south of a small town called DeArmanville, AL. From DeArmanville, take US Hwy 431 south. Go about a mile or two and you will come to the intersection of Route 281 and take a right and head west towards the state park on Route 281 (This is the beginning of this route). (WARNING: The Eastern most five miles of this road are extremely dangerous to motorcycles as the asphalt is covered in loose stone. Do not attempt any sharp turns or high speeds!) After you pass through Cheaha State Park Route 281 will dead end abruptly and you must turn around and go back through the park. Once you get through the state park and come off the mountain look for Route 49 and take it to the right (south). Follow 49 sown to the routes' end point of Lineville, Alabama.
281 Runs along the spine of Cheaha Mountain in Eastern Alabama near Talladega and offers beautiful scenic views of 20 miles. The countryside is unspoiled by urban sprawl and is heavily wooded inside the Talladega National Forest. Wildlife abounds and it is not uncommon to see deer, hawks and other animals. Route 49 comes off the south side of the mountain and rolls through farms, meadows and small towns. If you like scenery, this route is for you!!
Route 281 sweeps along the back of Cheaha Mountain at a blistering pace. There are several slower switchbacks and decreasing radius turns that will make even the most experienced motorcyclist grin from ear to ear. The asphalt along 281 is pristine and well marked. 49 offers up several miles of tight twisties as it comes off the mountain on good asphalt.
The state park store on the top of the mountain offers most of the basic necessities including gas. The Cheaha State Park has some fantastic cabins that include whirl pool Jacuzzi hot tubs. The are also a couple of gas stations in Lineville.
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