For decades hikers have enjoyed traversing the Appalachian Trail as it stretches from Mount Katahdin in Central Maine to its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia.
Since the 1970s, a number of individuals, agencies, and nonprofit groups have worked together towards the common goal of creating a southern extension to the trail, which has become known as the "Pinhoti Trail Project." The ultimate goal of this project is to lengthen the Appalachian Trail another 335 miles through Northwest Georgia, the Talladega National Forest, and eventually to a final terminus at Flagg Mountain in East Central Alabama.
Flagg Mountain is the southernmost Appalachian peak that rises above 1,000 feet in elevation. It still houses a remnant stone fire tower and several log cabins that were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
In October, 2010, the Conservation Fund acquired 377 acres in Coosa County, Alabama, from the Hancock Timber Resource Group in an effort to complete one of the remaining gaps in the Pinhoti Trail. The purchased segment is within the viewshed of the Flagg Mountain site and is located just north of its stone fire tower.
Update ~ The Conservation Fund has acquired all of the Flagg Mountain property.
These forestlands will not only continue the establishment of the trail system but will be managed as a working longleaf forest in partnership with the Alabama Forestry Commission and will provide a perpetual buffer to Weogufka Creek.
0.0 ~ Flagg Mountain Trailhead
Southern Terminus of the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail ~ Millennium Legacy Trail
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