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The Pinhoti Trail
A Southeast Region Appalachian Trail Connector
Northbound etrail / Section 10
Northern Terminus / Finish Hike
136.1 ~ Burns Trailhead
119.8 ~ Pine Glen Trailhead
Southern Terminus / Start Hike
Reference Points ~ Coleman Lake Campground, Heflin, AL
Hike Distance ~ 16.3 Miles
Hiking Time vs Distance ~ 30 Minutes = 1 Mile
Trail Blazes ~ Light Blue Vertical Rectangles
Trail Description ~ Moderate ~ Foothills, Watersheds, Short Climbs
For a weekend section hike, you may want to bring two vehicles to the trail so that you can shuttle
yourselves from one end of your chosen section to the other. First, you will need to park your
“finish hike vehicle” at your section’s northern terminus and then drive your “start hike vehicle” down
to your section’s southern terminus.
Northern Terminus / Park Finish Hike Vehicle First
136.1 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD
Exit I-20 at US 431, east of Oxford, AL.
Go north 0.3 miles to US 78. Turn right.
Go 3.9 miles to AL 9. Turn left.
Go 10.9 miles to CR 55, at the yellow flashing light. Turn right.
Go 4.2 miles to the Burns Trailhead parking area, on the left.
Southern Terminus / Park Start Hike Vehicle
119.8 ~ PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND
From the Burns Trailhead parking area, turn left on CR 55.
Go 4.6 miles to a dirt road, FS 500. Turn right. There is a black mailbox on the right at this
turn with the address-20346.
Go 5.3 miles to the right turn where FS 500 becomes a paved road. Turn right.
Go 2.0 miles to the stop sign. Turn left on FS 500.
Go 0.3 miles to the stop sign. Turn right on FS 500.
Go 4.4 miles to the Pine Glen Campground, on the right.
Southern Terminus / Start Hike
119.8 ~ PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND ~ 950'
The north trail goes left from the campground. Cross the bridge and go back in the woods on122.4 ~ SWEETWATER LAKE DAM ~ 1000’
Large Camp, Reliable Water
Go straight across the dam spillway and then follow the left side of the lake for 1.5 miles.122.8 ~ SWEETWATER LAKE PARKING AREA
Large Camp, Reliable Water ~ Look for the fire ring on your right, in the pines.
The trail goes back in the woods behind the info board.124.4 ~ LAUREL SHELTER ~ 1100’
Large Camp, Trail Shelter, Reliable Water125.8 ~ FS 553 CROSSING ~ 1220’
126.1 ~ SHOAL CREEK CHURCH ~ 1180’
127.0 ~ COLEMAN LAKE ~ 1160’
The Pinhoti goes straight past the footbridge.127.7 ~ COLEMAN LAKE TRAILHEAD ~ 1200’
Large Camp, Reliable Water, (Hot Shower-in season) ~ Exit the Pinhoti on the right to go to
Coleman Lake Campground. Go across the footbridge and continue for 0.5 miles. Closed in winter.
The Pinhoti goes straight past the trailhead side trail.127.7 ~ FS 500 CROSSING ~ 1200’
129.5 ~ FS 540 CROSSING ~ 1325’
130.4 ~ CHIPMUNK CANYON
Small Camp, Reliable Water134.6 ~ CHOCCOLOCCO CREEK WATERSHED
The trail goes across the dam and then turns right.134.7 ~ CHOCCOLOCCO CREEK SHELTER
Large Camp, Trail Shelter, Reliable Water ~ Go across the dam and turn left. Follow this road136.1 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD / CR 55 ~ 846’
downhill 50 yards. The shelter is on the right.
Go straight across CR 55, then go 0.1 miles to the trailhead side trail, on the left.Northern Terminus / Finish Hike