alabama pinhoti trail

etrail guide
hikers

trail runners
fellow navel gazers


northbound
2020

www.pinhotitrailalliance.org

from facebook
11 / 18 / 16
posted by Neeli Andrews Faulkner
"Do your little bit of good where you are.
It's those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world."
desmond tutu

trail services.
SC ~ Small Campsite / at least one tent site
LC ~ Large Campsite / at least three tent sites
TS ~ Trail Shelter / three sided, open front
SW ~ Seasonal Water / for a week after rain +/-
RW ~ Reliable Water / always available
HS ~ Hot Shower / on trail and off trail

trail guides.
southern terminus.
SECTION 1 ~ p. 6 ~ Flagg Mountain / Weogufka
SECTION 2 ~ p. 8 ~ Joy Lake / Sylacauga
SECTION 3 ~ p. 10 ~ Rebecca Mountain / Sylacauga
SECTION 4 ~ p. 13 ~ Horn Mountain / Talladega
SECTION 5 ~ p. 15 ~ Burgess Point / Talladega
SECTION 6 ~ p. 18 ~ Cheaha State Park / Wilderness
SECTION 7 ~ p. 21 ~ Horseblock Mountain / Oxford
SECTION 8 ~ p. 24 ~ Interstate 20 / Heflin
SECTION 9 ~ p. 27 ~ Pine Glen Campground / Heflin
SECTION 10 ~ p. 29 ~ Coleman Lake Campground / Heflin
SECTION 11 ~ p. 32 ~ Dugger Mountain Wilderness / Piedmont
SECTION 12 ~ p. 34 ~ Oakey Mountain / Piedmont
SECTION 13 ~ p. 36 ~ Indian Mountain / Piedmont
northern terminus.

trail shelters.
* proposed shelters
SECTION 1 ~ 2.1 ~ Weogufka Creek Shelter
SECTION 2 ~ 0.0 ~ No Shelter
* SECTION 3 ~ 1.6 ~ Rebecca Mtn Shelter
* SECTION 4 ~ 2.2 ~ Power Line Crossing /

4.7 ~ Scott Lake
* SECTION 5 ~ 5.2 ~ campsite /

13.9 ~ double spring crossing
* SECTION 6 ~ 10.2 ~ Hernandez Peak

* 13.2 ~ Creek Crossing
SECTION 7 ~ 2.1 ~ Blue Mountain Shelter /

8.2 ~ Hillabee Creek Crossing
* SECTION 8 ~ 5.4 ~ Mother’s Day Shelter
SECTION 9 ~ 7.8 ~ Lower Shoal Shelter
SECTION 10 ~ 4.6 ~ Laurel Shelter /

14.9 ~ Choccolocco Creek Shelter
SECTION 11 ~ Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area
SECTION 12 ~ 0.1 ~ North Dugger Mountain Shelter
SECTION 13 ~ 2.0 ~ Davis Mountain Shelter /

5.6 ~ Hawkins Hollow Shelter / Tent Platform /
10.9 ~ Spring Creek Shelter

trail towns.
SECTION 1
6.6 ~ WEOGUFKA
CS ~ 256-249-9100
PO ~ 256~245~5041
20312 COUNTY ROAD 29
WEOGUFKA, AL 35183

SECTION 1
21.0 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD
RESTAURANT
DOLLAR GENERAL

SECTION 2
SYLACAUGA
5.3 ~ CR 511 CROSSING
Go left on CR 511 for 3.3 miles to the stop sign at AL 21.
There is a convenience store here.
Turn right on AL 21 and go appx. 2 miles to downtown Sylacauga.
US POST OFFICE
1 South Broadway
Sylacauga, AL 35150
256-245-4631

SECTION 3
SYLACAUGA
11.8 ~ BULL GAP TRAILHEAD
Go left on AL 148 for 10.5 miles to Sylacauga.
US POST OFFICE
1 South Broadway
Sylacauga, AL 35150
256-245-4631

SECTION 5
TALLADEGA
18.0 ~ PORTERS GAP TRAILHEAD
CS ~ Go left on AL 77 for 4.6 miles to a small store.
CS ~ Go right 0.5 and 2.3 miles to stores.
TT ~ Go left on AL 77 for 8.9 miles.
Turn right at the intersection a little way past the High School
and go 1 mile to Wal-Mart, motels, laundry and food.
US POST OFFICE
127 East Street N
Talladega, AL 35160
256-362-5724
TT ~ Go right 13.4 miles to Ashland. Groceries, clean motel,
laundry, food, laundry. Hiker services are all in the town area.

SECTION 7
0.0 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD
CHEAHA STATE PARK ~ CS, LC, MOTEL, POOL,
CABINS, LODGE, RESTAURANT
MAIL DROP
CHEAHA STATE PARK
19644 AL 281 DELTA, AL 36258

OXFORD
12.4 ~ CR 24 CROSSING
CS ~ Go right on CR 24 for 1.4 miles to Able Mall. Closed on Sun.
TT ~ Go left on CR 24 for 2.2 miles to the 4 way stop, turn left.
Go 1.6 miles to the eastern bypass red-light. Go straight across for
another 2.4 miles.
You will come to an AL Power relay station on the right.
Turn left across the road across from that.
This is the back entrance to Walmart, there is no sign.
Go 0.1 miles to Walmart.
Along the edges of the parking lot are an ABC Store,
Key West Inn, Subway, Chick Filet, McDonalds etc, Dollar Tree.
PO ~ 90 Plaza Ln, Oxford, AL 36203 - 8:30am - 5:00pm.
256-831-3515

SECTION 8
HEFLIN
9.3 ~ US 78 BRIDGE ~ HEFLIN
When the trail comes out on AL 281, turn left and go across the
US 78 bridge.
TT ~ Turn left on the paved road that is 50 yards past the bridge
and loop around to the stop sign at US 78. Go left at the stop sign
for 2.8 miles to Heflin.
CS ~ Go right at the stop sign for 1.3 and 1.5 miles to small stores.
The 1.5 store, at the intersection of US 78 and AL 9 N., has a short
order kitchen.

SECTION 12
7.9 ~ CHIEF LADIGA RAIL TRAIL ~ LC, CS, RW, HS ~ 767'
You can see The Chief Ladiga Trail Campground out in front of
you when you reach the asphalt.
Turn left on the Ladiga and go 100 feet to the rear entrance. The

two buildings you see are the bath house and the office/ camp store.
Primitive camping and or hot showers are available.
Campground may close in winter?? 256-282-2370

SECTION 13
0.0 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD ~ US 278
TT ~ Go left on US 278 for 7.5 miles to Piedmont.
TT ~ Go right on US 278 for 14.3 miles to Cedartown, GA.

section 1.

trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ FLAGG MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD
N ~ 21.0 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD

ELEVATION ~ L 545' ~ H 1037'
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 5.9 / 10.4 ~ 17.3
ROAD WALK ~ 5.9 ~ 10.4 / 17.3 ~ 21.0
LANDMARK ~ FLAGG MTN TOWER ~ WEOGUFKA

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 11.5
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 0.0, 0.9, 2.5
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ 2.5
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 2.2, 2.7, 15.0
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 1.0, 2.5, 2.7, 5.4, 6.8, 12.2, 15.4, 17.0, 20.5,

20.9, 21.0 ~ HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~ 1.0

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
21.0 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD

Begin from the old downtown district of Sylacauga, AL, at the

intersection of AL 21 and AL 148.
Go south on AL 21 for 6.0 miles to the Trailhead at the intersection

of AL 21 and CR41.
Overnight parking available at Dollar General ??


SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ FLAGG MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD

From the AL 21 Trailhead, turn right on CR 41.
Go 0.2 miles to the stop sign. Turn left on CR 41.
Go 6.4 miles to the 4 way stop sign in Weogufka.
CR 41 changed to CR 29 just before reaching the downtown area.
Go straight through the 4 way for 5.2 miles to CR 16. Turn right.
Go 0.1 miles and cross an old one lane creek bridge with no

guardrails.
Go 0.5 miles to a dirt road on the right. Turn here. This is the CCC

road to the top of Flagg Mountain. Go 1.7 miles to the Trailhead.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
BEGIN FLAGG HIGHLANDS
0.0 ~ FLAGG MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD ~ 780'
0.1 ~ WHITE TRAIL ~ 762'

The trail turns left here.
1.0 ~ FLAGG MOUNTAIN TOWER / LC, RW ~ 1037’
1.0 ~ HOST CABIN ~ 1008’
2.7 ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 683’
END FLAGG HIGHLANDS
BEGIN FLAGG LOWLANDS
2.5 ~ WEOGUFKA CREEK SHELTER ~ LC, TS, RW ~ 556'
2.7 ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 545’
4.3 ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 653’
5.4 ~ FINIKOCHICA CREEK FOOTBRIDGE ~ RW ~ 644’
5.9 ~ CR56 ~ 671’

The trail turns right on CR 56.
END FLAGG LOWLANDS
BEGIN ALABAMA ROADWALK #1
6.8 ~ WEOGUFKA ~ CS, RW, PO ~ 647’

The Pinhoti continues straight through the intersection.
CS ~ PO ~ Caperton’s Old South Store is on the left.
256-249-9100
10.4 ~ TERRAPIN HILL ~ 816’
END ALABAMA ROAD WALK #1
BEGIN TERRAPIN HIGHLANDS
11.5 ~ CLEARING ~ SC ~ 694’
12.2 ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 726’
15.0 ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 858’
15.4 ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 840’
15.8 ~ FIRE ROAD ~ 953’
16.0 ~ LOGGING ROAD ~ 977’
17.0 ~ MILL CREEK ~ RW ~ 855’
17.3 ~ CR 56
Turn right.
END TERRAPIN HIGHLANDS
BEGIN ALABAMA ROAD WALK #2
20.5 ~ WEOGUFKA CREEK BRIDGE ~ RW ~ 669’
20.9 ~ CR 41 ~ STEWARTVILLE CAFE ~ RW

Turn right off CR 39 and go 0.1 miles to the CR 41 Trailhead.
Continue straight on CR 39 for 0.1 miles to the Stewartville Café.
21.0 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD
CS, RW ~
DOLLAR GENERAL ~ 728’
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 2.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD
N ~ 7.1 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD

ELEVATION ~ L 728’ ~ H 945’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0 ~ 7.1’
LANDMARK ~ JOY LAKE ~ SYLACAUGA

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 4.0
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 0.0, 4.4
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
7.1 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD

Begin from the old downtown district of Sylacauga, AL at the

intersection of AL 21 and AL 148.
Go south on AL 21 for 1.9 miles to CR 511. Turn left.
Go 3.3 miles to Trammel Motorway / FS 603. Turn left.
Go 1.4 miles to FS 603A. Turn right. When you come to the fork in

the road, with a yellow FS gate at the left fork, go right for 350’ to

the trailhead parking area.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD

From the Trammel Trailhead parking area, go 0.6 miles back out to

FS 603. Turn left.
Go 1.9 miles to CR 511. Turn left.
Go 2.3 miles to CR 41 (no sign!). Turn right.
Go 5.5 miles to the AL 21 Trailhead.


trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
CONTINUE ALABAMA ROAD WALK #2
0.0 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD ~ CS, RW ~ 728'

Go north on CR 41. CS, RW ~ Dollar General.
0.6 ~ PASS HIGH TENSION POWER LINE ~ 748'
1.0 ~ PASS COOSA CO. 68
1.9 ~ US 280 CROSSING ~ 745'

Go straight across the 4 lane.
3.3 ~ ROCKHOUSE ROAD / HOLMAN CROSSROADS ~ 793' Go left.
3.5 ~ PASS VICTORY HARBOUR LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH
4.0 ~ CROSS ONE LANE BRIDGE ~ SW ~ 747'
4.1 ~ TURN RIGHT ON REDBUD ROAD ~ 750'
4.3 ~ TURN RIGHT ON AZALEA LANE ~ 811'
4.4 ~ TURN RIGHT AT JOY LAKE ON AZALEA ROAD ~ RW
4.6 ~ TURN RIGHT ON GRAVEL ROAD
5.3 ~ CR 511 CROSSING ~ CS, TT ~ 825'

Go straight across CR 511 onto Trammel Motorway. Cars are coming

down the hill really fast!
5.4 ~ CROSS OVER NORFOLK SOUTHERN RR TRACKS
6.0 ~ PAVED ROAD ENDS / FS 603
6.5 ~ FS603A

Turn right.
7.0 ~ FORK WITH GATED FS ROAD ON THE LEFT
Go right / long leaf pine restoration area.
7.1 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD ~ 945'
END ALABAMA ROAD WALK #2
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE


section 3.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD
N ~ 11.8 ~ BULL GAP TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 945’ ~ H 1241’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 11.4
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ REBECCA MTN ~ SYLACAUGA

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 0.4, 4.1
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 10.6
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ PROPOSED 1.6
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 1.1
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 11.8
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
11.4 ~ BULLS GAP TRAILHEAD
From the intersection of AL 21 and AL 148 in downtown Sylacauga,

AL, go east on AL 148 for 10.5 miles to the top of the ridge, just past

the 11 mile marker. There are two dirt roads here on the left that are

about 50' apart.
Turn left on the first dirt road, FS 607 / Old Rocky Mountain Road.
Go app. 50 yards to the trailhead parking area, on the left.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD
From the Bull Gap Trailhead parking area, go back out to AL 148.

Turn Right.
Go 7.5 miles to FS 603. Turn left. You'll see a FS 603
sign on the right after you make the turn.
Go 2.6 miles to FS 603A. Turn left. When you come to the fork in the

road, with a yellow FS gate at the left fork, go right for 350’ to the

trailhead parking area.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS ~ START HIKE
BEGIN TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST
BEGIN TALLADEGA RANGER DISTRICT
BEGIN SOUTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF HOLLINS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
BEGIN REBECCA MOUNTAIN
0.0 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD ~ 952'
The trail is 175' past parking area, on the left.
0.1 ~ INFO BOARD
0.4 ~ SMALL CAMP / BOG AREA ~ 913’
1.1 ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 972’
1.3 ~ RED COCKADED WOODPECKER NESTING AREA
1.6 ~ RCW SHELTER ~ PROPOSED
1.8 ~ FS 675 ~ 898’
4.1 ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 1476’
4.8 ~ OVERLOOK ~ 1452’
5.3 ~ CELL TOWER ~ 1424’
6.0 ~ FIELD ~ 1345’
7.1 ~ OVERLOOK ~ 1417’
8.1 ~ ROADBED ~ 1374’
8.6 ~ WHITES GAP ~ 1265’
9.4 ~ OVERLOOK ~ 1447’
10.0 ~ OVERLOOK ~ 1404’
10.6 ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 1434’
11.8 ~ BULL GAP TRAILHEAD / AL 148 CROSSING ~ TT, RW ~ 1180’
Go straight across to FS 607 (dirt road on left)
RW ~ Go right on AL 148 1.0 miles to the Hatchet Creek bridge.
END REBECCA MOUNTAIN
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 4.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ BULL GAP TRAILHEAD
N ~ 18.0 ~ PORTERS GAP TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 1241’ ~ H 1912’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 18.0
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ HORN MOUNTAIN TOWER ~ SYLACAUGA

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 7.5, 7.6
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 8.4, 9.8, 11.8, 14.7, 15.1
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ PROPOSED 2.2, 14.7
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 0.4, 11.8, 12.6, 15.1, 15.3, 15.5, 16.1,

17.2
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 0.0, 14.4, 14.5, 14.7
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
18.0 ~ PORTERS GAP TRAILHEAD
Begin from the east side of downtown Talladega, AL on AL 77, at the

Wal Mart.
Go south on AL 77 appx. 1.0 miles to the stop sign. Turn left (you

are still on AL 77).
Go 8.9 miles to the Porter’s Gap Trailhead parking area on the left,

just past the 55 mile marker.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ BULLS GAP TRAILHEAD
From the Porter’s Gap Trailhead parking area, turn left on AL 77.
Go 2.2 miles to the caution light at CR 7. Turn right.
Go 2.3 miles to a creek crossing with guardrails.
Turn right just past the crossing (you are still on CR 7).
Go 5.2 miles to the stop sign at AL 148. Turn right.
Go 0.8 miles to the top of the ridge. There are 2 dirt roads on the

right about 50’ apart. Turn right on the second dirt road, Old Rocky

Mountain Road – FS 607.
Go appx. 50 yards to the Trailhead parking area, on the left.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
BEGIN HORN MOUNTAIN
CONTINUE SOUTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
CONTINUE HOLLINS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
0.0 ~ BULL GAP TRAILHEAD / AL 148 ~ RW ~ 1241'
The trail is 75 ft. past parking area, on the right.
RW ~ Go east on AL 148 for 1 mile to the Hatchet Creek Bridge. This

is a big downhill to the bridge and big uphill back to the Trailhead.
0.4 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1382'
0.5 ~ LONG LEAF PINE PLANTATION
1.1 ~ BULL BLUFF ~ 1565'
2.2 ~ POWER LINE CROSSING ~ 1744'
PROPOSED SHELTER
3.2 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ 1627'
3.7 ~ FS 600 CROSSING
6.5 ~ FARKLEBERRY ROCK
6.6 ~ HIGH TENSION POWER LINE ~ 1474’
7.0 ~ BEGIN HOLLINS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
7.5 ~ HEATH CLIFFS ~ SC ~ 1700'
7.6 ~ SHERMAN CLIFFS ~ SC ~ 1700’
8.3 ~ ROAD BED
Turn left, go 800 yds.
8.4 ~ ROAD BED TURN OFF ~ LC
Go back in the woods on the right.
8.7 ~ ROCK BLUFF
9.2 ~ ROCK HOUSE
9.3 ~ SOUTH HORN GAP ~ 1620’
9.8 ~ HORN MOUNTAIN FIRE TOWER ~ LC ~ 1912’
When you reach the clear-cut power line area the Pinhoti goes left,

downhill for 100'. Then go back in the woods on the right.
TOWER ACCESS ~ Go right on the power line clear cut up to the tower.
9.9 ~ NORTH HORN GAP ~ 1650'
10.5 ~ SWITCHBACKS / DOWN
11.1 ~ WORMY'S PULPIT / SUNSET ROCK ~ 1640'
11.3 ~ FS 600 CROSSING / MICROWAVE TOWER ~ 1585'
11.8 ~ KENNY'S CAMP ~ LC, SW ~ 1566'
The spring is on the right, down in a hollow just before the campsite.
12.0 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ THE PINNACLE ~ 1583'
12.1 ~ THE PINNACLE SWITCHBACKS / DOWN ~ 1585' ~ 24 TURNS
12.5 ~ UPPER ROCK SLIDE
12.6 ~ LOWER ROCK SLIDE ~ SW
13.2 ~ WIND RIDGE
14.0 ~ WIND RIDGE ROAD ~ 980’
14.2 ~ SCOTT LAKE VIEW ~ 760'
14.3 ~ WIND RIDGE ROAD
14.4 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW ~ 720’
14.5 ~ SCOTT'S CASCADE / DRY CREEK CROSSING ~ RW ~ 720’
Cross the creek and follow the FS road up the hill.
14.7 ~ SCOTT LAKE ~ LC, RW ~ 730'
PROPOSED SHELTER
15.1 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ LC, SW ~ 866'
15.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING / ROAD BED ~ SW
15.5 ~ ROAD BED TURN OFF ~ SW
16.1 ~ SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
16.5 ~ ROAD BED
17.2 ~ FOUR YELLOW FS CULVERTS ~ SW
17.3 ~ THE PINNACLE VIEW ~ ON RIGHT
18.0 ~ PORTERS GAP TRAILHEAD / AL 77 ~ 977'
END HORN MOUNTAIN
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 5.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ PORTER’S GAP TRAILHEAD
N ~ 15.5 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 843’ ~ H 1870’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 15.5
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ BURGESS TOWER ~ TALLADEGA

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 4.1, 5.2, 13.8
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 3.4, 4.9, 9.7, 12.1, 13.9, 15.3
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ PROPOSED 5.2, 13.9
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 5.2, 6.6, 13.8, 13.9, 14.3, 14.4, 15.3
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 3.4, 15.3
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
15.5 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD
Exit I-20 at US 431, east of Oxford, AL.
Go south 3.4 miles to the second right turn past the overhead bridge

at the top of the ridge. Turn right
(there is a brown Cheaha State Park sign here).
Go 0.4 miles to the stop sign at AL 281. Turn left.
Go 17.9 miles to the end of the pavement. This is the Adams Gap

Trailhead parking area.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ PORTER’S GAP TRAILHEAD
From the Adams Gap Trailhead parking area, go across AL 281 to the

small downhill paved road.
Go 1.5 miles to the first paved road on the right, Blue Ridge Road.

Turn right.
Go 1.2 miles to the stop sign at CR 12. Turn right.
Go 6.7 miles to the stop sign at CR 209. Turn right.
Go 3.2 miles to the stop sign at AL 77. Turn right.
Go 1.2 miles to the Trailhead parking area, on right.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
CONTINUE SOUTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
BEGIN TALLADEGA MOUNTAIN
0.0 ~ PORTER’S GAP TRAILHEAD ~ AL 77 ~ 977'
1.3 ~ CHANDLER GAP ~ 1100’
Cross an old farm to market wagon road going west to Talladega.
2.3 ~ ROCKY TOP 1 ~ 1450'
2.7 ~ SWITCHBACKS (downhill) ~ 1320'
3.2 ~ SKYWAY ROAD ~ 858'
Go left.
3.4 ~ TALLADEGA CREEK BRIDGE ~ LC, RW ~ 843'
Cross the bridge and follow FS 600 uphill to the right.
WATER ACCESS ~ Cross the bridge and turn left. Continue about 100

yards.
3.6 ~ FS 600 TURNOFF ~ 870'
The trail goes back in the woods on the left.
3.7 ~ SWITCHBACKS ~ (uphill) ~ 910'
4.1 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC ~ 1130'
4.9 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ LC ~ 1410'
5.1 ~ SWITCHBACKS (downhill) ~ 1200'
5.2 ~ CAMPSITE / SPRING CROSSING ~ SC, SW
PROPOSED SHELTER
6.1 ~ ROCKY TOP 2 ~ 1450'
6.3 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ 1480'
6.5 ~ SWITCHBACKS (downhill) ~ SW ~ 1430'
6.6 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1400'
6.8 ~ ROCK GARDEN ~ LOOSE ROCKS ~ YIKES! ~ 1410'
Rocky area continues for the next 1.9 miles.
8.7 ~ DEAD CAR / POWER LINE CROSSING ~ 1360'
8.8 ~ POWER LINE CROSSING ~ 1340'
8.9 ~ CLAIRMONT GAP ~ 1356'
9.1 ~ CLAIRMONT SWITCHBACKS (uphill) ~ 1420'
9.5 ~ CLAIRMONT POINT ~ 1650'
9.7 ~ ROCKY TOP 3 ~ LC ~ 1770'
11.4 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ 1580'
12.1 ~ BURGESS POINT FIRE TOWER (removed) ~ 1870'
Look for the grownup road bed going uphill on the left, just before

the FS 600 crossing.
LC ~ Up at the old Tower Site
12.2 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ 1750'
13.4 ~ PATTERSON SWITCHBACKS (downhill) ~ 1550'
13.5 ~ PATTERSON GAP ~ 1460'
13.8 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC, SW ~ 1380'
13.9 ~ DOUBLE SPRING CROSSING ~ LC, SW ~ 1260'
PROPOSED SHELTER
14.0 ~ SWITCHBACKS ~ 1280'
14.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1320'
14.4 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1340'
15.3 ~ SKYWAY LOOP TRAIL ~ 1400' ~ SW, RW, LC
Go left 0.1 to SW ~ and 0.8 to RW, LC
15.5 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD ~ 1457'
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 6.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD
N ~ 11.3 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 1360’ ~ H 2323’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 11.3
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ CHEAHA WILDERNESS ~ CHEAHA STATE PARK


trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 4.4, 9.1, 9.2
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 4.8, 5.4, 5.8, 6.0, 6.1, 8.6, 8.7, 9.1, 9.6, 10.2,

10.7, 10.8
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ PROPOSED 10.2
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 1.2, 3.2, 5.5, 5.9, 10.2
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
11.3 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD
Exit I-20 at US 431, east of Oxford, AL.
Go south 3.4 miles to the second right turn past the overhead bridge

at the top of the ridge. Turn right (there is a brown Cheaha State Park

sign.)
Go 0.4 miles to the stop sign at AL 281. Turn left.
Go 11.5 miles to the Cheaha Trailhead parking area, on the left.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD
From the Cheaha Trailhead turn left on AL 281.
Go 6.4 miles to the end of the pavement.
This is the Adams Gap Trailhead parking area.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
CONTINUE SOUTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
BEGIN CHEAHA WILDERNESS
CONTINUE TALLADEGA MOUNTAIN
0.0 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD / AL 281 ~ 1457'
0.1 ~ ENTER CHEAHA WILDERNESS ~ 1500'
1.2 ~ 1.6 ~ 6 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW ~ 1360'
3.1 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 1380'
3.2 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1360'
3.5 ~ SIGN BOARD, GO RIGHT ~ 1484'
3.7 ~ SIGN BOARD, GO LEFT ~ 1591'
3.8 ~ STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, GO UP ; ) ~ 1575'
4.3 ~ PEARLY GATES ~ 2050'
4.4 ~ HEAVEN / ROCKY TOP 4 ~ SC ~ 2135'
4.8 ~ 5.4 ~ 3 CAMPSITES ~ LC ~ 2100'
5.5 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 2140'
5.7 ~ ROCKY TOP 5 ~ 2160'
5.8 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 2120'
5.9 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 2120'
6.0 ~ CANEY HEAD ~ LC, SW ~ 2100'
Junction of Pinhoti Trail (straight), Odum Scout Trail and High Falls

Trail (right) and Chinnabee Silent Trail (left).
SW ~ Go left on the Chinnabee Trail 50' to Scout Spring. If Scout

Spring is dry, continue on the Chinnabee Trail, maybe 100 yards

downhill, to a better flow on the right. You can hear it running

behind some Mountain Laurel bushes.
6.1 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 2100'
7.6 ~ CCT CONNECTOR ~ 2143'
On the right.
8.6 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 2040'
8.7 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 2060'
9.1 ~ McDILL OVERLOOK TRAIL ON LEFT ~ SC, LC ~ 2073'
9.2 ~ WHO ROCK ~ SC ~ 1960'
9.6 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 2060'
10.0 ~ EXIT CHEAHA WILDERNESS ~ 2306'
10.2 ~ HERNANDEZ PEAK ~ LC, SW ~ 2323'
PROPOSED SHELTER
10.7 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 2140'
10.8 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC ~ 2140'
11.2 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD CONNECTOR
Turn Right
11.3 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE


section 7.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD
N ~ 17.6 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 760’ ~ H 2045’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 17.6
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ CHEAHA STATE PARK, OXFORD

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 4.8, 14.8
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 2.1, 3.8, 5.2, 8.2, 9.4, 11.7, 12.4, 14.9, 15.4
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ 2.1, PROPOSED 13.2
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 0.5, 0.9, 1.7, 1.9, 2.0, 4.0, 4.2, 5.2, 8.7,

12.6, 14.6, 14.7, 14.8, 16.8
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 0.2, 6.2, 8.2, 8.7, 9.4, 11.7, 12.4, 13.2,

13.3, 14.9, 15.2, 15.4, 16.6, 17.6
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~ 0.2

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
17.6 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD
This trailhead is open from Oct 1 thru April 1.
Exit I-20 at US 431, east of Oxford, AL.
Go south 2.8 miles to a dirt road, FS 585, on the right, just past a

Highway Dept. “Adopt a Mile” sign (if you pass a green house, you’ve

gone too far).
Turn right.
Go up the dirt road 0.1 miles to the US 431 Trailhead parking area,

on the left.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD
From the US 431 Trailhead parking area, go back down the dirt road

to US 431. Turn right.
Go the second right turn past the overhead bridge at the top of the

ridge.
Turn right (there is a brown Cheaha State Park sign).
Go 0.4 miles to the stop sign at AL 281. Turn left.
Go 11.5 miles to Cheaha Trailhead parking area, on left.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
CONTINUE SOUTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
CONTINUE TALLADEGA MOUNTAIN
0.0 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD ~ 2045'
From the back of the parking area, go through the Arch. Go a short

distance to the Pinhoti Connector Trail on the right. Climb a short

distance up to the Pinhoti and turn right.
0.2 ~ CHEAHA-HIGHEST POINT SPUR TRAIL ~ CS, LC, RW, HS ~ 2000'
Just before the AL 281 Crossing there is a new spur trail on the left

(6-07-19) that takes you 0.1 miles up the hill to Cheaha State Park,

Alabama's highest peak ~ 2407'.
Camp store, campground, showers, restaurant, motel, pool, fire

tower...
0.2 ~ AL 281 CROSSING ~ 2000'
The Pinhoti goes straight past the spur trail, crosses AL 281 and then

sidehills around Cheaha State Park.
0.5 ~ WATER CROSSING ~ SW ~ 2000'
0.9 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 2000'
1.0 ~ HOLLY KNOB ~ 1960'
1.7 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC ~ 1800'
1.9 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1700'
2.0 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1700'
2.1 ~ BLUE MTN SHELTER ~ LC, TS ~ 1825'
2.6 ~ BALD ROCK TRAIL ON LEFT ~ 1960'
Go 0.5 miles to the Bald Rock Overlook.
3.8 ~ M & M GAP ~ LC ~ 1580'
4.0 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1420'
4.2 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 1400'
4.8 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC ~ 1420'
5.2 ~ CHEAHA ROAD ~ CCC ~ LC, SW ~ 1305'
The Pinhoti goes straight across.
END OF TALLADEGA MOUNTAIN
BEGIN TALLADEGA LOWLANDS
BEGIN FOLLOWING BASE OF HORSEBLOCK MOUNTAIN
6.2 ~ ZULU CANYON ~ RW ~ 1100’
Yes, this canyon zig zags a little.
8.1 ~ POWER LINE CROSSING
8.2 ~ HILLABEE CREEK CROSSING ~ LC, RW ~ 780'
8.5 ~ SNOWFLAKE CANYON ~ 900’
8.7 ~ 6 SPRINGS / 2 CREEKS ~ SW, RW ~ 860'
9.4 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC, RW ~ 800'
10.4 ~ ROAD BED ~ 800'
11.2 ~ ANOTHER ROAD BED ~ 800'
11.4 ~ GOLD MINING SHAFT, ON LEFT ~ 820'
11.4 ~ ANOTHER ROAD BED ~ 840'
11.5 ~ END OF THE ROAD ~ 900'
11.5 ~ LAUREL GORGE ~ 900'
11.7 ~ FRIENDSHIP CAMPSITE ~ LC, RW ~ 820'
12.2 ~ FRIENDSHIP GORGE ~ 880'
12.4 ~ CR 24 CROSSING / MORGAN CASCADE ~ 838’ ~ LC, RW
The trail angles across the road to the left and goes back in the

woods on the right.
RW ~ The first Morgan Cascade is 100' up the trail.
LC ~ There are some flat spots on the right, just past the creek

crossing.
12.6 ~ MORGAN LAKE SWITCHBACK ~ SW
The Pinhoti climbs up to the right a short distance. At the top the

trail turns sharply to the left.
The second Morgan Cascade and Lake Trail turns to the right here,

goes down the hill and turns left after crossing the creek for a short

hike to the cascade and lake.
13.2 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW ~ 900'
PROPOSED SHELTER
13.3 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ SC, RW ~ 900'
13.5 ~ FS 515 ~ 900'
14.2 ~ FS 515 CROSSING ~ 900'
14.6 ~ MOONSHINE GORGE ~ SW ~ 900'
14.6 ~ CASCADE GORGE ~ 820'
14.7 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 780'
14.8 ~ SMALL CASCADE ~ SC, SW ~ 800'
Look for the side trail that doubles back to the left. This trail takes

you back into the cascade.
14.9 ~ LARGE CASCADE ~ LC, RW
15.2 ~ HILLABEE CREEK BRIDGE ~ RW
15.4 ~ HORSEBLOCK MOUNTAIN TOWER VIEW ~ LC, RW
A winter view of the tower is way up to the right.
16.0 ~ HORSEBLOCK CANYON
16.6 ~ HORSEBLOCK FLATS CROSSING ~ RW ~ 760'
16.8 ~ CO~OP BRIDGE ~ SW
17.6 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD ~ CS ~ RW ~ 885'
CS ~ Go right 1.0 miles up hill.
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 8.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD
N ~ 9.5 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 885’ ~ H 1200’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 9.5
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ GAS~OIL PIPELINE CORRIDOR ~ HEFLIN

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 2.3, 3.8, 7.7
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 5.4, 5.6, 9.5
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ proposed~ 5.4
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 0.0, 0.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.7, 3.2, 3.8, 4.2, 7.0,

8.3
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 0.0, 5.3, 5.6. 9.3
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
9.5 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
Exit I-20 at US 431, east of Oxford, AL.
Go north on US 431 for 0.3 miles to the stop sign at US 78. Turn

right.
Go 5.3 miles to a paved road on the left, just before the overhead

bridge at the top of the ridge. Turn left.
Go 0.1 miles to the stop sign at AL 281. Go straight across onto the

dirt road, FS 500.
Go 0.1 miles to the South FS 500 Trailhead parking area, on the right.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD
From the South FS 500 Trailhead parking area, go left 0.1 miles back

out to AL 281. Turn left.
Go 6.7 miles to the first paved road on the left past the US 431

bridge. Turn Left.
Go 0.4 miles to the stop sign at US 431. Turn left.
Go 0.6 miles to FS 585 ~ This is just past a green house on the left.

Turn left.
Go 0.1 miles to the Trailhead Parking Area, on the left.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
CONTINUE TALLADEGA LOWLANDS
0.0 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD ~ SW, RW ~ 885'
The Pinhoti goes straight across the road.
0.2 ~ SPRING / BOG CROSSING ~ SW
0.8 ~ BEAVER POND (2001)
1.8 ~ FS 518 CROSSING ~ 1080'
2.0 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
2.3 ~ CAMPSITE / SPRING CROSSING ~ SC, SW
2.4 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
2.7 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
2.9 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
3.2 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
3.8 ~ CAMPSITE / SPRING CROSSING ~ SC, SW
4.2 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
4.3 ~ I - 20 CORRIDOR (no services) ~ 1074'
4.5 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
4.6 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
4.9 ~ COLONIAL PIPELINE CORRIDOR ~ 1010'
5.3 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
5.4 ~ MOTHERS DAY SHELTER ~ LC, TS - PROPOSED
5.6 ~ RIO GRANDE CROSSING ~ LC, RW
5.7 ~ PLANTATION PIPELINE CORRIDOR ~ 990'
5.8 ~ EL LOCO SPLIT
6.3 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
6.6 ~ AL 281 CROSSING ~ 990'
6.8 ~ HIDEOUT GORGE
7.0 ~ INDIAN CAVE ~ SW
7.6 ~ SOUTHERN NATURAL GAS PIPELINE CORRIDOR
7.7 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC
8.0 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
8.2 ~ ROAD BED
8.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
8.4 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
8.9 ~ POWER LINE CROSSING ~ 1200'
9.1 ~ POWER LINE CROSSING ~ 1100'
9.3 ~ US 78 BRIDGE ~ HEFLIN ~ RW, CS, TT ~ 965'
When the trail comes out on AL 281, turn left and go across the US

78 bridge.
After crossing the bridge look on the left for the Shoal Creek Ranger

Station.
RW ~ There is a water spigot on the front of the building.
Continue down the hill to the dirt road on the right, FS 500. Turn

right and cross the RR tracks. The trailhead parking area is on the

right.
9.5 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ LC, SW ~ 936'
The Pinhoti goes back in the woods from the left side of the parking

area by the Info Board.
REST ROOM ~ Go to the right side of the parking area to the fence.

Turn left and follow the fence up the hill a short distance. You can't

miss it : )
END TALLADEGA RANGER DISTRICT
END HORSEBLOCK MTN
END TALLADEGA LOWLANDS
BEGIN SHOAL CREEK RANGER DISTRICT
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE


HEFLIN SPUR TRAIL WITH GUTHOOK MILEAGES
The spur trail begins at the east end of the FS 500 trailhead parking

area.
0.0 ~ FS 500 TRAILHEAD
0.2 ~ WATER SOURCE
0.5 ~ WATER SOURCE
0.7 ~ VIEW POINT
1.0 ~ ROCKY BRANCH BRIDGE
Side trail up to the Rocky Creek Waterfall on the left.
1.4 ~ VIEW POINT
2.7 ~ CAHULGA CREEK PARK
3.7 ~ HEFLIN CITY HALL

section 9.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ O.O ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
N ~ 13.6 ~ USFS PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND
ELEVATION ~ L 812’ ~ H 1222’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 13.6
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ SHOAL CREEK RANGER STATION ~ HEFLIN

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 2.0
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 0.0, 2.0, 7.8, 11.5, 13.6
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ 7.8
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 0.0, 1.4, 2.2, 4.1, 6.2, 9.8, 10.7, 11.1,

11.4, 13.0, 13.1
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 7.7, 7.8, 10.5, 11.0, 11.5, 13.6
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
13.6 ~ PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND TRAILHEAD
Exit I-20 at US 431, east of Oxford, AL.
Go north on US 431 for 0.3 miles to the stop sign at US 78. Turn

right.
Go 5.3 miles to a paved road on the left just before the overhead

bridge,
at the top of the ridge. Turn left.
Go 0.1 miles to the stop sign at AL 281. Go straight across onto the

dirt road, FS 500.
Go north 5.0 miles to the Ping Glen Campground, on the left.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
From the Pine Glen Campground, go back south on FS 500 for 4.9

miles to the South FS 500
Trailhead, on the left.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
BEGIN SHOAL CREEK RANGER DISTRICT
BEGIN CHOCCOLOCCO HIGHLANDS
BEGIN BRYMER MOUNTAIN
0.0 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ LC, SW ~ 936'
0.3 ~ FS 500 CROSSING ~ 1050'
1.4 ~ 1.8 ~ 3 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
2.0 ~ BIRDS IN THE PINES CAMPSITE ~ SC, LC
2.2 ~ 2.7 ~ 2 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
2.9 ~ SISTER RIDGE VIEW
3.4 ~ FS 523 CROSSING ~ 1180'
END BRYMER MOUNTAIN
BEGIN RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN
ENTER CHOCCOLOCCO WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
4.1 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
5.5 ~ BRYMER GORGE
6.2 ~ HOLLY SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
6.6 ~ FS 531 CROSSING ~ 1222'
7.0 ~ BEECH GORGE
7.7 ~ LOWER SHOAL CANYON / CASCADE~RW
7.8 ~ LOWER SHOAL SHELTER ~ LC, TS, RW
9.8 ~ 116.3 ~ 2 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
10.5 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
10.7 ~ EAGLE BRIDGE ~ SW
10.9 ~ BEECH GAP
11.0 ~ FS 531 CROSSING / DRAIN PIPE BRIDGE ~ 812'
11.1 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
11.3 ~ HIGHROCK LAKE ON LEFT ~ RW ~ 880'
Not visible from trail.
11.4 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
11.5 ~ CAMPSITE ~ LC, RW
11.6 ~ HIGHROCK LEAP ON LEFT
12.9 ~ WINTER FEED PLOT
13.0 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
13.1 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
13.6 ~ USFS PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND TRAILHEAD / FS 500
FEE AREA ~ LC, RW ~ 946'
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 10.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ USFS PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND
N ~ 16.3 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD / CR 55
ELEVATION ~ L 700’ ~ H 1325’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 16.3
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ USFS COLEMAN LAKE CAMPGROUND ~ HEFLIN

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 3.2, 10.6, 10.9, 11.0
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 2.6, 3.0, 4.6, 7,2, 7.9, 10.8, 14.8, 14.9
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ 4.6, 14.9
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 0.1, 2.3, 5.2, 5.5, 6.1, 6.9, 15.3
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 2.6, 3.0, 3.2, 4.6, 5.1, 7.2, 7.6, 7.9, 10.6,

10.8, 10.9, 11.0, 11.8, 12.1, 12.5, 14.8, 14.9
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~ 7.2, 7.9

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER (NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
16.3 ~ 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 / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND TRAILHEAD
From the Burns Trailhead parking area, turn left on CR 55.
Go 4.6 miles to a dirt road, FS 500. Turn right. There's a black

mailbox on the right at this turn ~ 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.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
CONTINUE CHOCCOLOCCO HIGHLANDS
CONTINUE RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN
0.0 ~ USFS PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND TRAILHEAD ~ FEE AREA
FS 500 LC, RW ~ 946'
0.1 ~ DOUBLE BRIDGES ~ SW
2.3 ~ BRIDGE ~ SW
2.6 ~ USFS SWEETWATER LAKE ~ LC, RW ~ 1000'
3.0 ~ SWEETWATER LAKE PARKING AREA ~ LC, RW
3.2 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ SC, RW
4.6 ~ LAUREL SHELTER ~ LC, TS, RW ~ 1100'
5.1 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
5.2 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
5.5 ~ BRIDGE ~ SW
6.0 ~ FS 553 CROSSING ~ 1220'
6.1 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
6.3 ~ SHOAL CREEK CHURCH ~ 1180’
6.4 ~ SHOAL CREEK CHURCH ROAD
The trail goes straight across the road.
6.8 ~ COLEMAN LAKE VIEW ~ 1220'
6.9 ~ ATA / AHS BRIDGE ~ SW
7.2 ~ USFS COLEMAN LAKE CAMPGROUND BRIDGE ~ FEE AREA
LC, RW, HS
You can bushwhack down the hill, cross the bridge and follow the

trail to the campground.
7.6 ~ ALUMINUM BRIDGE ~ RW
7.7 ~ WOODPECKER FARM (next 1.6 miles)
7.9 ~ USFS COLEMAN LAKE TRAILHEAD ~ RW ~ 1200'
7.9 ~ FS 500 CROSSING ~ LC, RW, HS ~ 1200'
USFS Coleman Lake Campground is about 1/2 mile to the right.
9.3 ~ TREE LINE / HORSE TRAIL CROSSING
9.7 ~ FS 540 CROSSING ~ 1325'
10.6 ~ CHIPMUNK CANYON ~ SC, RW
10.8 ~ CHIP'S CAMPSITE ~ LC, RW
10.9 ~ DALE'S CAMPSITE / CASCADE ~ SC, RW
11.0 ~ SON OF BILLY GOAT CAMP ~ SC, RW ~ 840'
11.8 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
12.1 ~ ROCK ISLAND CROSSING ~ RW ~ 833'
12.5 ~ TWENTY FEET CREEK ~ RW
12.7 ~ TURNHILL ROAD SWITCHBACKS
END CHOCCOLOCCO WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
12.8 ~ TEN TOES
14.8 ~ USFS CHOCCOLOCCO CREEK WATERSHED ~ LC, RW ~ 760'
The trail crosses the dam and turns right.
Cross the dam and turn left to go down to the shelter. 
14.9 ~ CHOCCOLOCCO CREEK SHELTER ~ LC, TS, RW ~ 700'
RW ~ Choccolocco Creek is about 100 yards straight out in front of

the shelter.
15.2 ~ RATTLESNAKE POINT
The trail leaves the lake here.
15.3 ~ CHOCC HOLLOW ~ SW ~ 780'
16.3 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD / CR 55 ~ 846'
END RATTLESNAKE MOUNTAIN
END CHOCCOLOCCO HIGHLANDS
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 11.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD / CR 55
N ~ 8.8 ~ NORTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 846’ ~ H 2140’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 8.8
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ DUGGER WILDERNESS ~ PIEDMONT

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 3.2
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 2.7, 4.3, 8.2
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 2.7
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 8.2, 8.8
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
8.8 ~ NORTH FS 500 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 8.8 miles to a dirt road, FS 500. Turn left.
There is a black mailbox on the right at this turn with the address-

20346.
Go 2.0 miles to the North FS 500 Trailhead parking area- this is just a

small pull off on the left, past the bridge.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD
From the North FS 500 Trailhead, turn around and go back 2.0 miles

to CR 55. Turn right.
Go 4.6 miles to the Burns Trailhead on the right.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
BEGIN NORTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
BEGIN DUGGER MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS
0.0 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD / CR 55 ~ RW ~ 846'
0.1 ~ SOUTHERN WILDERNESS BOUNDARY
2.7 ~ JONES BRANCH ROAD ~ LC, SW ~ 1240'
2.8 ~ LAUREL PASSAGE
3.2 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC
4.3 ~ DUGGER (TURKEY) GAP ~ LC ~ 1500'
4.4 ~ ROCKY TOP 6
4.9 ~ SISTER RIDGE VIEW / PIEDMONT VIEW
5.4 ~ ROCKY TOP 7
6.4 ~ DUGGER MOUNTAIN TOWER (missing) ~ 2140'
8.2 ~ NORTH DUGGER FLATS ~ LC, RW ~ 1100'
8.8 ~ NORTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ RW ~ 860'
END DUGGER MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 12.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ NORTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
N ~ 16.2 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 767’ ~ H 1871’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 16.2
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ TERRAPIN CREEK, OAKEY MOUNTAIN, PIEDMONT

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 8.6
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 0.1, 2.4, 5.1, 6.4, 7.9, 12.5, 15.4
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ 0.1, 6.4
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 3.1, 3.3, 5.1, 6.8, 8.8, 13.6
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 0.0, 2.4, 7.9, 8.1, 15.4
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~ 7.9

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
16.2 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD
From the intersection of AL 9 and US 278 in Piedmont, AL, go east on

US 278 1.2 miles to the 4 way stop sign.
Turn left on US 278.
Go 7.5 miles to the High Point Trailhead parking area, on the right,

just past the 165 mile marker.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ NORTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
From the High Point Trailhead parking area, go left on US 278 for 7.5

miles back to the 4 way stop in Piedmont. Turn right.
Go 1.2 miles to AL 9 South. Turn left.
Go 10.0 miles to the flashing yellow light at CR 55. Turn left.
Go 8.8 miles to a dirt road, FS 500. Turn left. There is a black

mailbox on the right at this turn with this address- 2O346.
Go 2.0 miles to the North FS 500 Trailhead parking area- there is a

small pull off on the left just past the bridge.


trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
CONTINUE NORTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
0.0 ~ NORTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ RW ~ 860'
0.1 ~ NORTH DUGGER MTN SHELTER ~ LC, TS ~ 1020'
Go right, up the hill.
0.5 ~ OAKEY MOUNTAIN VIEW
1.0 ~ ROCKY RIDGE
1.1 ~ ROAD BED
2.4 ~ TERRAPIN CREEK WATERSHED USFS ~ LC, RW ~ 840'
BEGIN OAKEY MOUNTAIN
3.1 ~ DOUBLE SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
3.3 ~ NORTH SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
3.4 ~ LOST TRAIL COVE
4.6 ~ OAKEY MOUNTAIN CROSSING ~ 1720'
4.7 ~ NORTH OAKEY SWITCHBACKS
5.1 ~ NORTH OAKEY CAMPSITE ~ LC, SW
6.4 ~ OAKEY MOUNTAIN SHELTER ~ LC, TS
6.8 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
END OAKEY MOUNTAIN
7.9 ~ CHIEF LADIGA RAIL TRAIL ~ CLT MILE 7.0 ~ LC, RW, HS ~ 767'
The Pinhoti turns right on the Ladiga Trail.
LC, CS, HS ~ Turn left on the Ladiga and go 100 yards to the back

entrance to the Chief Ladiga Campground. It is open to hikers from

spring to fall.
There is a camp store across the bridge for a limited resupply.

Primitive camping and hot showers are also available.
Maybe closed through winter. 256-282-2370.
8.1 ~ TERRAPIN CREEK BRIDGE ~ RW ~ 767'
8.4 ~ CHIEF LADIGA RAIL TRAIL ~ MILE 6.5
Go left off Ladiga back into the woods.
8.5 ~ CR 94 CROSSING ~ 780'
BEGIN WILSON RIDGE
8.6 ~ 94 CAMPSITE ~ SC ~ 850'
8.8 ~ 94 SPRING CROSSING ~ SW ~ 920'
9.8 ~ WILSON RIDGE CROSSING ~ 1380'
END WILSON RIDGE
10.1 ~ CR 70 / MAXWELL GAP CROSSING ~ 1156'
BEGIN AUGUSTA MINE RIDGE
11.6 ~ ROCKY TOP 8 ~ 1871'
11.7 ~ ROBERT R. FURGERSON MEMORIAL PLAQUE
12.2 ~ LEFT TURN, OFF RIDGE ~ 1590'
12.5 ~ LANIE GAP ~ LC, SW ~ 1460'
END AUGUSTA MINE RIDGE
BEGIN WOLF RIDGE
12.7 ~ WOLF RIDGE MICROWAVE TOWER ~ 1639'
You can only see the tower, on the left, when the leaves are down.
13.6 ~ LANIE HOLLOW ~ SW ~ 900'
END WOLF RIDGE
15.4 ~ LANIE CREEK CROSSING ~ LC, RW ~ 900'
16.2 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD / US 278 ~ 800'
END OF NORTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
END OF TALLADEGA NATIONAL FOREST
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

section 13.
trail description.
TRAILHEADS
S ~ 0.0 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD
N ~ 12.8 ~ JACKSON CHAPEL TRAILHEAD
ELEVATION ~ L 800’ ~ H 1968’
WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 12.8
ROAD WALK ~ 0.0
LANDMARK ~ INDIAN MOUNTAIN, HURRICANE CREEK, PIEDMONT

trail services.
SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~
LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 2.0, 4.9, 6.7, 8.0, 9.1, 10.9, 12.5
TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ 2.0, 5.6, 10.9
SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 10.8, 10.9, 11.0, 12.2
RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 0.0, 1.6, 4.9, 5,4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7
HS ~ HOT SHOWER ~

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER
(NO REALLY!)
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
12.8 ~ JACKSON CHAPEL TRAILHEAD
From downtown Cave Spring, GA, go west on US 411 for 2.3 miles

to Jackson Chapel Road (look for a large Mountain Springs Baptist

Church sign on the left). Go left.
Go 3.6 miles to the Jackson Chapel Trailhead parking area, on the

right.
The turn in is gravel and has enough room for 4 vehicles.
Please don’t block the gate.

SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD
From the Jackson Chapel Trailhead parking area, go left on Jackson

Chapel Road 3.6 miles back out to US 411. Go left.
Go 5.1 miles to Rock Run Road (look for a Beauty Shop and

Self-Storage on the left). Turn left.
Go 5.4 miles to CR 45, just past downtown Rock Run. Turn left.
Go 2.7 miles to US 278. Turn left.
Go 0.1 miles to the High Point Trailhead parking area, on the right.

trail guide.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKE
BEGIN NORTH WILDLANDS
0.0 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD / US 278 ~ RW ~ 800'
0.3 ~ ATA SECTION DEDICATION MARKER ~ 900'
BEGIN DAVIS MOUNTAIN
0.5 ~ THE PITTS 1 (hematite / red iron ore mines)
1.6 ~ DAVIS MOUNTAIN SWITCHBACKS (UP) ~ RW
2.0 ~ DAVIS MOUNTAIN SHELTER ~ LC, TS ~ 1200'
2.1 ~ WOODS ROAD
2.7 ~ INDIAN TOP SWITCHBACKS
There is a winter view of the Indian Mtn. Ridge in the distance.
2.9 ~ WOODS ROAD
3.0 ~ WOODS ROAD
3.7 ~ HAWK'S REST
4.5 ~ DANTE'S SWITCHBACKS!! (DOWN)
4.9 ~ HURRICANE CREEK BRIDGE ~ LC, RW ~ 818'
END DAVIS MOUNTAIN
5.0 ~ SALEM CHURCH ROAD CROSSING / CR 8 ~ 838'
5.3 ~ WOODS ROAD
5.4 ~ HAWKINS HOLLOW ~ RW
5.5 ~ CREEK BRIDGE ~ RW
5.6 ~ HAWKINS HOLLOW SHELTER ~ TS, RW
5.6 ~ HAWKINS HOLLOW TENT PLATFORM ~ SC, RW
BEGIN INDIAN MOUNTAIN
5.7 ~ INDIAN MOUNTAIN SWITCHBACKS (UP) ~ RW
6.1 ~ THE PITTS 2 (hematite / red iron ore mines)
6.7 ~ HUNT CLUB GAP ~ LC
7.1 ~ 1500 FOOT OVERLOOK ~ 1500'
7.6 ~ SOUTH FACE SWITCHBACKS (UP)
7.8 ~ SOUTH FOREVER WILD BOUNDARY
8.0 ~ 1700 FOOT OVERLOOK ~ LC ~ 1700'
9.1 ~ FLAG POLE MOUNTAIN ~ LC ~ 1968'
9.6 ~ DR. TOM McGEHEE MEMORIAL
9.8 ~ WEISS LAKE OVERLOOK ON LEFT
10.0 ~ NORTH FOREVER WILD BOUNDARY
10.1 ~ ALABAMA / GEORGIA STATE LINE ~ 1570'
10.8 ~ SHAGBARK FLATS ~ SW
10.9 ~ SPRING CREEK SHELTER ~ LC, TS, SW ~ 1065’
11.0 ~ LEAD DOG BRIDGE ~ SW
11.1 ~ WOODS ROAD
11.6 ~ WOODS ROAD / THE BRIAR PATCH
12.0 ~ WOODS ROAD
12.2 ~ DOUBLE SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
12.5 ~ THE PITTS 3 (hematite / red iron ore mines) ~ LC
12.8 ~ JACKSON CHAPEL TRAILHEAD ~ 869’
TO CAVE SPRING, GA ~ Go left on Jackson Chapel Road for 3.6 miles

to US 411, turn right. Go 2.3 miles to Cave Spring, GA.
END NORTH WILDLANDS
END ALABAMA SECTION OF THE PINHOTI TRAIL
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE

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