Fresh Air Family event at first. A 2-hour drive for a ½-mile hike didn't seem like a good plan to me. But that was all I knew.-- I admit I didn't pay much attention to the details.
It turned out that we were visiting Mt. Cheaha, inside the Talladega National Forest, which is the highest point in Alabama. The planked walkway to the overlook was only a short hike, but every so many feet along the path, stairs led down to various trails in the woods.
The temperatures outside were perfect, and even though the skies were overcast, it was a beautiful place to visit. I would recommend the trip. It was very easy to get to off of I-20, about mid-way between Birmingham and Atlanta.
I hate that our camera's battery died before we reached the mountain overlook, but we did get a few pictures. For the remainder of the hike, we had to settle for using a Flip video camera. Watch the video to hear Emily promise not to fall off the mountain.