Cheaha State Park temporarily closed due to snow and ice - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Cheaha State Park temporarily closed due to snow and ice

The snow and ice storm downed 1,000 trees at Cheaha State Park and also took out several power lines. Source: Alabama State Parks The snow and ice storm downed 1,000 trees at Cheaha State Park and also took out several power lines. Source: Alabama State Parks
CLAY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Cheaha State Park has been temporarily shut down due to the ice and snow storm that hit the state this week.

State park officials said Cheaha should open again sometime next week, but they did not set a specific time. The park's website said they may possibly reopen by Feb. 18, but it is "doubtful."

Ice damaged or destroyed around 1,000 trees and brought down several power lines in the park, making travel hazardous. The park also got several inches of snow.

Crews are still assessing the amount of damage the park suffered in the storm, but so far there have not been any signs of major structural damage.

Workers are in the process of restoring power to the affected parts of the park and clearing roads. Officials say anyone who wants to visit the park next week should call ahead.

Officials said everyone who was staying at the park or had reservations were notified about the storm ahead of time, so there were no visitors at Cheaha when the snow storm began. Guests who had reservations were rerouted to other state parks or refunded.

Cheaha State Park has the highest point of elevation in Alabama and is located in Clay and Cleburne counties.

To find out if the park is open, call 256-488-5111 or 800-610-5801. You can also visit www.alapark.com/CheahaResort or visit the Cheaha State Park - Alabama page on Facebook for more information.

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