Cleburne County is home to the highest point in Alabama, Cheaha Mountain. In addition to Cheaha State Park, the heavily forested county also contains a large portion of the Talledega National Forest. Heflin, the county seat, thrived as a railroad town in part because it is located halfway between Birmingham and Atlanta, Georgia. Its courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic and rustic Shoal Creek Church, which is located deep within the Talledega Nation Forest, serves as a reminder of how early pioneers in the area lived and worshiped.