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Pinhoti Trail History

I'm the new guy on the block (2000). Although my experiences on the
Pinhoti began in the late 1970's, it wasn't until the beginning of this
century that I began seeing it as more than a recreational opportunity.

At one point in the trail's history, it began at Clairmont Gap and traveled northeast up to
Coleman Lake for a total of 66.5 miles. The map on the right shows the trail as a dotted
line from Clairmont Gap to Coleman Lake. Click on the map over on the right for a larger
view. You can also click on that view for a larger view. Up until a year ago this map was on
the USFS web site and I added all of the newer trailheads.

Obviously, I know very little about the Pinhoti's history. So, for the time being this page
will just be a depository for any little bits and pieces that I come across.

Solo
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?? Begin Construction of New Flagg Mtn. Trailhead

19?? ~ Blue Mountain Shelter Construction and By Whom?

1988 ~ Cheaha Wilderness Expansion by ?? Acres

???? ~ The Eastern Continental Trail
The Pinhoti Trail becomes Section 4 and 5 of the ECT.

???? ~ The Great Eastern Trail
The Pinhoti Trail becomes Section ? and ? of the GET.

?
??? ~ Pinhoti National Recreation Trail Designation

19?? ~ Blue Mtn. Shelter Construction ~ Section 7
The Blue Mountain Shelter was constructed by a private contractor hired by the USFS.




1930's ~ 55.7 ~ TALLADEGA CREEK BRIDGE ~ 843' ~ LC, RW
The trail crosses the bridge and goes straight on FS 600 for 0.2 miles, then goes back in
the woods on the left.
HISTORY ~ The
bridge was built in 1948 to replace the old one. You can still see the old
bridge supports downstream. At one time these old crossings were an important link
between the farms and towns. In many places like here and the covered bridge crossing
at
Waldo, just a few miles downstream, there were large campgrounds for people walking
with mules or in wagons who could not make the trip to the markets in Talladega in one
day. This was a 3 day, 36 mile round trip from Ashland. The campground is located at the
north east corner of the bridge and during the 1930's this was a Civilian Conservation
Corps camp for the crew that built FS 600 (-2) from Bull Gap to Mt. Cheaha, which at the
time was the main south entrance road.

1973 ~ Trail Construction
The Beginning of the Pinhoti Trail.
The Pinhoti Trail was initially begun in the early 1970's by the US Forest Service. The
trail was the brainchild of Forest Service employees Jim Bylsma and Bobby Bledsoe.

Construction of the first portion of the trail begins in the Shoal Creek / Coleman Lake
area north of US 78 and I-20. Construction of the second portion of the trail begins from
Cheaha State Park south to Adams Gap. All of this work on the Pinhoti Trail was done, and
done well, by the USFS.

Copied  from the Hiking Alabama Guest Book
by Tim Lewis:
In 1973, I worked as a junior in high school for the Youth Conservation Corps and part of
our job was building the Pinhoti Trail in the Pine Glen, Sweetwater Lake and Coleman Lake
area. It's gratifying to know that people use it.

1976 ~ Lower Shoal Shelter Construction / Section 9
email to Solo from Debbie Collins ~ May 2009

Hi! I was perusing your site, reading about the Pinhoti Trail. ; It's been years since we
last visited the trail. My interest dates back to 1976 when I worked for the USFS in the
Youth Conservation Corps. That year one of the jobs we had was trail maintenance up near
Cheaha MT.

Another job we had, which is why I am writing you, was shelter construction. In 1976 the
YCC built Lower Shoal Shelter. You have it listed as a FS project in 1984. Believe me, the
YCC built it.

The week my team worked that job, the shelter floor and sides had already been built.
(Each of the eight weeks of work with YCC was a different job in a different place.) For
our week, we hauled in by wheelbarrow the shingles, nails, more lumber, paint / stain. The
truck parked on a fire road and we hiked in from N to S (I believe) along a narrow trail on
the side of a hill / mountain. (Low side was on our left as we hiked in.) We carried bundles
of shingles on our shoulders or heads (we wore safety helmets).

One memorable time: we had the wheelbarrow fully loaded with supplies and the guy
pushing it lost balance on that narrow trail and the contents spilled out, tumbling down the
hill. It took us a while to retrieve everything and get back to work. After hauling supplies
in, that week we stained the wood and I believe the guys laid shingles. As I remember it,
it was a hard, yet enjoyable week.

Sincerely, Debbie Collins

1976 ~ Laurel Shelter Construction ~ Section 10
The Laurel Shelter was built by the USFS and the Appalachian Trail Club of Alabama.

1977 / 1978 ~ Trail Construction
Section 6, 9 and 10
The 21.5 mile first portion of the Pinhoti Trail (Shoal Creek / Coleman Lake) is completed
by the USFS, giving the Pinhoti a total distance of 21.5 miles. The 11.3 mile second portion
of the Pinhoti Trail (Cheaha south to Adams Gap) is completed by the USFS, giving the
Pinhoti a total distance of 32.8 miles.

1983 ~ Cheaha Wilderness Designation / Section 6
67490 acres south of Cheaha State Park was designated as the Cheaha Wilderness. The
dedication ceremony was held at Cheaha State Park on the south end of Hernandez Peak
in mid August.1983 ~ Linking the Pinhoti to the Appalachian Trail.

The Wilderness Coalition co-chair and Pinhoti Trail advocate Michael Leonard, announces
at the Cheaha Wilderness dedication a plan to link the Pinhoti Trail to the Appalachian
Trail.

1983 or 1984 ~ Trail Construction / Sections 7 and 8
The 27.1 mile third portion of the Pinhoti Trail (Cheaha State park north to Shoal
Creek/Coleman Lake area) is completed by the USFS, giving the Pinhoti a total distance
of 59.9 miles.

1985 ~ Connecting Alabama to the Appalachian Trail
The formal effort to link Alabama to the Appalachian Trail began in February, 1985 with
the incorporation of the Alabama Trails Association, whose membership began
construction of Section 13 at the High Point Trailhead / US 278 and going north to the
Georgia state line.

1986 ~ Northern Forest Service Boundary Extended ~ Section 12
The US Forest Service receives 3 million dollars from Congress to purchase 6000 acres
of land from the Nature Conservancy. This purchase extended the northern boundary of
the Talladega National Forest from Dugger Mountain north to the Cherokee / Cleburne
County line, which also provided a trail corridor for the Pinhoti. This land includes Oakey
Mountain, Wilson Ridge, Maxwell Gap and Augusta Mine Ridge.

1988 ~ Cheaha Wilderness Expanded
An unknown number of acres are added to the wilderness.

1990 ~ Trail Easement for Section 13 Granted
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Willis sign a Permanent Trail Easement for the Pinhoti across 5 miles
of their property, which includes Davis and Indian Mountains, in April of 1990.

1999 ~ Dugger Wilderness Designation / Section 11
The 9220 acre area surrounding Dugger Mountain was designated as the Dugger Mountain
Wilderness

2000 ~ Pinhoti Millennium Legacy Trail
The Pinhoti Trail was formally designated as a Millennium Legacy Trail in a ceremony at
the White House by Hillary Clinton.

2000 / 2007 ~  Solo’s Alabama Pinhoti Trail Measurement
Section 1
The Road Walk was measured in 2007 in my truck.

Section 2
The Road Walk was measured in 2007 in my truck.

Section 3
This measurement began in the spring 2014 and will be completed this coming winter.

Section 4
In the early spring of 2005, the measurement of the newly completed Section 4 was
done with 4 day hikes.

Sections 5 - 12
The original 2003 edition of the Pinhoti Trail Guide was the product of my second
southern terminus to northern terminus measurement of the Alabama side of the Pinhoti
using a measuring wheel. The only completed sections at this time were 5 thru 12.

The first measurement consisted of 23 out and back day hikes and overnighters during
the winter of 2000 / 2001.

The second measurement was completed with 27 out and back day hikes and overnighters
during the winter of 2001 and 2002.

Section 13
The measurement of Section 13 was done in 5 trips through the winter of 2002.

Section 13
The 2.7 mile portion of new trail from the Georgia line to the Jackson Chaplel Trailhead
was measured in 2007.

2002 ~ Trail Construction / Section 13
Copied from the ATA website; By  Bob Williams. The Alabama Trails Association
completed the trail (Section 13) this year when volunteers brought the trail to the (GA)
state line near Piedmont, capping an effort that began in 1985.

2004 ~ Davis Mountain Shelter Construction ~ Section 13
The Davis Mountain Shelter was built by the Alabama Trails Association, Georgia Pinhoti
Trail Association, Horn Mountain Trail Club, Appalachian Trail Club of Alabama and many
volunteers,

2005 ~ Hawkins Hollow Tent Platform Construction ~Section 13
The Hawkins Hollow Tent Platform was built by the Alabama Trails Association.

2005 July 9 ~ 3 New Trail Shelters
These shelters will be built by the Forest Service through an outside contractor with the
Millennium Legacy Trail Designation Grant. Construction of 3 new trail shelters at
Choccolocco Watershed, North Dugger Mountain and Oakey Mountain will begin in the near
future. Funding is in place, all of the required site surveys have been completed and the
bidding process has begun.

Word from Big H at the Shoal Creek Work Center is that Oakey Mountain is the first in
line. The access route for hauling in materials to this site is an old woods road / fire
break and is by far the most challenging of the three and will require a lot of work to get
through to the building site.

2005 Trail Construction ~ Section 4
Feb. 10 ~Trail construction of Section 4 begins today at Porter's Gap.

Mar. 9 ~ Trails Unlimited completes Section 4! As agreed, the crew bulldozed 14.56 miles
of the 18 mile distance during their 40 day contract and they did a great job, leaving only
3.44 miles for local clubs to hand build. Thanks guys!

2005 ~ Trail Construction ~ Section 4
The final 3.44 miles  that was left to be hand built by the local trail clubs has been
completed! A big thanks to all the volunteers from the Horn Mountain Trail Club,
Appalachian Trail Club of Alabama and the Alabama Trails Association and all others who
showed up.

2005 September ~ Building Section 4
Section 4 is the new 18 mile southern extension of the Pinhoti Trail in Alabama. It lies
between AL 148 on the southern end, 10.5 miles east of Sylacauga, and AL 77 on the
northern end, 8.9 miles east of Talladega.

While trail construction only began this past February, there has been an amazing amount
of progress from a constant stream of folks working on it since then and it's about 90%
complete.

Hand built Sections
The local Trail Clubs have been assigned a total of 3.44 miles of the trail to be built by
hand in 7 different locations.

Update:
All of this work has been completed. Also, as of November, 2005 all of the trail has been
blazed with the Pinhoti's blue rectangle.
0.0 ~ 0.1 / ATA ~ HMTC ~ finished
1.9 ~ 2.2 / ATA ~ HMTC ~ finished
3.2 ~ 3.3 / ATA ~ HMTC ~ finished
3.7 ~ 4.2 / ATA ~ HMTC ~ finished
5.2 ~ 5.9 / ATA ~ HMTC ~ finished
6.4 ~ 8.1 / ATCA ~ HMTC ~ finished
11.1 ~ 11.3 / ATCA ~ HMTC ~ finished

Dozer Sections
Trails Unlimited, a USFS trail construction crew stationed in California, was responsible
for building 14.56 miles of the trail with a Sweco bulldozer (Bobcat on steroids). This
rough cut was completed within the first 40 days as per contract and it may take the
Local Clubs another 6 months or so to clear off all the exposed roots and loose rocks.

Be aware that the trail is still considered a diamond in the rough. You will probably have
some navigation problems at times and until the USFS officially opens the trail, they
don't claim otherwise.

There is still a lot of flagging tape hanging from tree limbs and big patches of blue spray
paint on tree trunks that are left over from when the trail corridor was first laid out
that you can follow. The trail bed itself is pretty well defined and fairly easy to follow in
most areas. The most important thing is for you to pay attention to your surroundings so
that if you do go off trail, you can back up to a known point and try again.

Ridge Walk Section
This section begins at the southern terminus of Section 4, at the 34.3 ~ Bulls Gap
Trailhead and ends at the 46.3 ~ USFS 600 Crossing. This part of the trail will probably
be rated as difficult because of a combination of things.

The first is that the trail doesn't cross any reliable water sources and only crosses one
seasonal water source, which really just amounts to a wet weather run off. Section 4
does have two reliable water sources, which are located at miles 48.7 and 48.8.

The second reason for a difficult rating is the amount of exposed rocks here on the west
side of the ridge, which is about 9 1/2 miles all together. The rocks don't make it
especially difficult to hike but they will slow you down and of course stopping to gawk at
the views from the cliffs and bluffs will slow you down quite a bit too. : )

The third thing, which will probably be the clincher for a difficult rating, is the elevation
gains and losses. Once you gain the ridge line above Bull Gap, Trails Unlimited and the local
Trail Club crews made a valiant effort to keep the trail as high up on the ridge as possible
by building a total of 11 sets of switchbacks.

If there is anything that could possibly bring the rating down to moderate / difficult, it
would be that the inclines and declines are always kept at an 8% grade or less, which is
very moderate.

Foothills and Watershed Section
From the 46.3 ~ USFS 600 Crossing, where you begin the 2.4 mile descent off the ridge
with a series of 24 switchbacks, to the 52.3 ~ Porter's Gap Trailhead is the foothills and
watershed section.

While the 12 mile ridge walk section on the southern end may swing a little wide of what
you would normally expect from the Pinhoti, you will feel very familiar in this 6 mile
section with its mostly side hill trail weaving in and out of steep forested coves as it
crosses a large n umber springs and the 2 big creek crossings near Scott Lake.

Trails Unlimited did a fine job of bringing the trail to the 5 acre Scott Lake at a point
about 50' above the water and then almost completely circling it before heading up to
Porter's Gap.

So all in all, Section 4 is a very good reflection of the Pinhoti that so many hikers have
come to know and love because of its constant variety, solitude and its unique ability to
inspire a humbling awe at the natural beauty of the planet that we live on.

2005 ~ Length of Pinhoti Trail Changes
All of the trail mileages listed in the trail guides have been updated to reflect the recent
addition of 18 miles from the recent addition of Section 4.

2005 ~ Alabama Pinhoti Trail Re - Blazed
Well, most it :) When the Forest Service reset the standards for the Pinhoti Trail in the
Talladega National Forest, it was designated that all blazing would be a light blue vertical
slash. Kenny, from the Appalachian Trail Club of Alabama, spearheaded this effort and lots
of other folks joined in for the fun!

2005 Jan. ~ USFS GPS Survey
The USFS is on the verge of completing a highly detailed GPS Survey of the APT.

Jan. 13 2006 ~ Shelter Update
The supplies for three new shelters are at the Heflin work center and construction will
start soon after deer hunting season is over.

2006 Feb. 18 ~ North Dugger Mtn. Shelter ~ Section 12
The North Dugger Mountain Shelter was built by the USFS and private contractor.

2006 Mar 4 ~ Choccolocco Creek Shelter ~ Section 11
The Choccolocco Creek Shelter was built by the USFS and private contractor..

2006 Mar 28 ~ Oakey Mtn. Shelter ~ Section 12
The North Dugger Mountain Shelter was built by the USFS and private contractor..

2006 Jan. 13 ~ Horn Mountain CCC Project ~ Section 4
Chris Koehn from Wisconsin will rebuild the CCC picnic pavilion on Horn Mt. In the future,
hikers will be welcome to visit the Fire Tower / CCC Picnic Pavilion area via a spur trail,
which will be constructed in a joint effort by the FS and local trail clubs. Total
reconstruction time was 5 months.

2006 June 4 ~ Davis Mtn. Shelter ~ Section 13
The Alabama Trails Association completed its first trail shelter, on Davis Mountain, with
several Alabama Trail Clubs lending a hand and the Georgia Pinhoti Trail Club. The Log
Cabin Kit was funded with a generous grant from Alabama Power.

2007 February 17 ~ New Footbridge ~ Section 13
A new footbridge has been constructed at mile 137.7, just below the planned Spring
Creek Shelter site, on the Jackson Chapel Section in Georgia by the Alabama Trails
Association. This bridge has been named the Lead Dog Bridge in honor of Gene Padgham’s
many years of volunteer work on the Pinhoti. Thanks Lead Dog!

2007 April 21 ~ Spring Creek Shelter ~ Section 13
A new picnic table has been constructed at the shelter site by the Alabama Trails
Association.

June 14 ~ Construction of the Pinhoti Trail's newest shelter has begun. The foundation
and floor were built today by 7 Alabama Trails Association club members. The site is in
Section 13 about a mile north of the Georgia line, mile 172.0. Construction is expected to
be completed around September. This project is being funded from the club treasury and
private donations.

July 19 ~ 11 ATA members successfully raised the walls on the new shelter this weekend
and also poured the footings for the porch supports. Cost estimates still suggest a
completed shelter for under $1500. Special thanks to all who made the trip Saturday!
August will be our summer break and construction of the roof will begin the 3rd Saturday
in September.

October ~ Wow, thanks to the 15 or 20 folks who showed up to  finish the shelter on a 2
day work trip, with a campout Saturday night. This is the first Pinhoti Trail shelter in
Georgia and the location is at mile 172.0 in Section 13, 0.8 miles north of the state line,
and 1.9 miles south of the Jackson Chapel Trailhead.

May. 2008 ~ A metal fire ring with grill top was carried to the site. (I wasn't there for
that job - HO0RAY!)

2007 November 19 ~ Section 13 in GA. Now Open
At the far north end of Section 13 where the new 2.7 mile trail bed from the state line
to the first road crossing in Georgia, Jackson Chapel Road, is now open to hikers. Although
there are still a few small sections of trail that need to be dug, the entire trail corridor
has been cleared of trees and brush and has also been blazed going north and south. The
Nature Conservancy (Mike Leonard and associates !) purchased this property to ensure
that Section 13 had a northern terminus that was accessable by road.

2007 ~ Rebecca Mountain / Section 3
An app. 12.5 mile southern extension traveling from the old Pinhoti southern terminus at
Bull Gap / AL 148 south to the southern boundary of the Talladega National Forest at FS
603A began with the laying of the flag line by the USFS.

2007 November 3 ~ Section 3
The USFS Trails Unlimited crew has begun trail construction on the north end of Section
3 at Bull Gap. Thanks to Horn Mountain Trail Club member Tim Presley for notification.
The work is being done by the USFS, the USFS Trails Unlimited crew from California,
The Alabama Hiking Trail Society and hikers.

2008 ~  Section 13
The Alabama Trails Association completed 2.7 miles of new trail from the Georgia State
Line north to the Jackson Chapel Trailhead.

2008 ~ Pinhoti / Appalachian Trail Connection Dedication ~ Section 6
A 10,000 pound limestone and granite boulder with dedication plaque was placed at Cheaha
State Park on the north end of Hernandez Peak commemorating the connection of the
Pinhoti Trail to the Appalachian Trail.

2008 March 25 ~ Bull Gap Trailhead Construction ~ Section 4
Construction by the USFS of the new Bull Gap Trailhead parking area, to begin this month.
The perimeter of the parking area has been staked out and the required FS surveys have
been scheduled.
Update: The work has been completed. Thanks guys!!

2008 May 14 ~ Trail Closure ~ Mothers Day Tornado
The email below is from the FS in reference to northbound trail mile 103.3 ~ AL 281
Crossing. This area is about 3 miles south of US 78 - Heflin, Section 8.

Hello everyone!
Some of you know that this weekend’s storm did some damage in Heflin. Yesterday we
discovered expansive blow downs along Highway 281. The Pinhoti along highway 281 is NOT
accessible.

The portion of the Pinhoti that we know has the most damage is where the Pinhoti crosses
the scenic drive (AL 281), between the two gas pipelines. We are posting this section of
trail closed until further notice. Hikers can use highway 281 as an alternate route for
this portion of trail.
Thank you all!
Lesley

Lesley M. Hodge
Natural Resource Specialist
USDA- Talladega National Forest- Shoal Creek RD

2008 June 7 ~ National Trails Day ~ Section 11
This year’s NTD project area will be the Burns Trailhead at the southern terminus of
Section 11. Activities will include the installation of a new info board, clearing brush
between the road and the parking area, clearing the CR 55 trail crossing and also a cook-
out provided by the Forest Service and the Trail Clubs. The meeting time will be 10am.

2008 ~ Porters Gap Trailhead Construction ~ Section 5
A new trailhead parking area was completed at Porter's Gap by the USFS and the
Alabama Department of Transportation. The new parking area was built because the re-
routing of AL 77 took the highway through the old parking area.

2008 April 5 ~ Oakey Mountain Shelter ~ Section 12
Join the ATCA, ATA and HMTC trail clubs for the construction of a picnic table at the
Oakey Mountain Shelter. We will meet at the Jack's in Piedmont on US 278, 2 blocks
east of the US 278 / AL 9 intersection, at 9am central. Tools will be provided.

Update 4/7: A great turnout with 5 of the Pinhoti trail clubs represented, 3 PTA board
members, 1 GA Dept. of Natural Resources rep., plus many friends, managed to hand carry
all materials and tools 1.5 miles up the north side of Oakey Mountain to the shelter site
(IN ONE TRIP!!) Thanks to all!

2009 Jan ~ Horn Mountain Fire Lookout Tower
Designation as A National Historic Fire Lookout Tower
National Historic Lookout Register
Forest Fire Lookout Association
http://www.firelookout.org/fflatowerhome.htm
Talladega National Forest Tower Map
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Submission by Thomas Kaufmann ~ FFLA

Form Confirmation
Thank you for submitting the following information:

Name of Lookout:
Horn Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

Date:
January 17, 2009

email:
thomaskaufmann@bellsouth.net

Date constructed:
1936

By whom:
Civilian Conservation Corps Company 3478
Camp F-7 Talladega, Alabama

Submit:
Submit

Location of lookout:
Talladega National Forest Talladega County, Alabama

Latitude:
33.29778
Longitude:
-86.07444

Agency owner:
USDA Forest Service National Forests in Alabama
2946 Chestnut Street Montgomery, Alabama 36107

Description of structure:
100 foot tall International Derrick & Equipment Company (IDECO) steel tower with 7x7
steel cab.

Historical significance:
The Horn Mountain Fire Lookout Tower was one of several 'ridge top' fire towers
erected by the Civil Conservation Corps along the highest points of the mountain range
throughout the extent of the Talladega National Forest as a key component of the fire
protection measures implemented to safeguard both the national forest and the 75 mile
long Skyway Motor Way which began at Sylacauga and ended at Borden Springs.

Cooperators:
Undetermined at time of application

Nominator
Thomas Kaufmann
113 North Capitol Parkway
Montgomery, Alabama 36107
Area Representative, Alabama FFLA
Presentation and Announcement
Horn Mountain Fire Lookout Tower at Talladega National Forest, Talladega County,
Alabama

2009 ~ Pinky Burns Cabin Torched  / Section 11
Here is a quote from The Anniston Star, Thursday, March 12
“Pinky Burns' cabin, a Rabbittown landmark since the late 1800's, burned to the ground
Tuesday night ( Mar. 10) and the three people suspected to be responsible for (setting
fire to) it are being held at the Calhoun County jail, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The log cabin's two chimneys are all that remain of the building, which belonged to Pinky
Burns, a locally famous trapper, hunter and storyteller who lived there until his death in
1999 at the age of 81.”
The cabin was located at Pinhoti Trail mile 136.1 ~ Burns Trailhead.

2009 May 13 ~ Rebecca Mountain / Section 3
Courtesy of Mike Leonard ~ Continued progress on the Pinhoti. In the last week or two,
the Conservation Fund closed on the 1100 or so acre Evergreen Tract on the crest of
Rebecca Mountain at the south end of the Talladega National Forest (Section 3). We
expect the U.S. Forest Service to buy it from the Fund by early June. This means that
the final and southernmost portion of the Pinhoti in the Talladega National Forest can be
built along a dramatic ridge crest route. $550,000 of the $1,500,000  cost was covered
by private funds from a conservation donor based in N.C. That private money had much to
do with the U.S. Forest Service making it a high priority project.

2009 ~ Rebecca Mountain / Section 3
As planned, the Forest Service has purchased the Evergreen Tract from the
Conservation Fund and the Pinhoti Trail corridor through here is now protected by the
USFS.

2009 November 18 ~ Rebecca Mountain / Section 3
Copied from FS Today (FS e-mag) “NASCAR, Conservation Fund Procure Pinhoti Trail
Lands Regional Forester Liz Agpaoa recently joined NASCAR driver Bobby Allison and the
Ryan Newman Foundation at the Talladega Speedway in Alabama for a “Racing for
Wildlife” fundraising event announcing additional funds for a special land acquisition in
Region 8.

Because of the efforts such as this event, the Pinhoti National Trail now stretches
across 133 miles of the Talladega and Shoal Creek Ranger Districts. The Conservation
Fund, NASCAR and the Forest Service teamed up to add 1,129 acres to the Talladega
National Forest in Alabama. The acquisition is significant because the eight-mile crest of
Rebecca Mountain is a major ridge on the Appalachian Mountains, and this land completes
the Pinhoti Trail on National Forest System land in the state.

The government Land and Water Conservation Fund contributed $1.5 million of federal
funding toward purchasing the Rebecca Mountain land from the Conservation Fund. An
anonymous donor provided the $450,000 needed to complete the $1.97 million
transaction. The Conservation Fund supported early negotiations and defrayed costs by
providing an appraisal and a survey.

Forest Supervisor Miera Nagy said the new addition allows the Pinhoti Trail to connect
people to some of the most spectacular landscapes for exercise, adventure and solitude.”

2010 March 9 ~ Sections 26, 27, 28
The road walk through Dalton and Chatsworth, GA has been changed. It still crosses I-75
on GA 52, but then it drops south a few miles to continue east through the Conasauga
valley to Ramhurst instead of crossing the valley on GA 52 to Chatsworth and then south
on US 411 to Ramhurst.

This southern route is much less populated and better reflects the general area where
property may be purchased to put the Pinhoti Trail in the woods some day. This re-route
has added 10.3 miles to the total length of the Pinhoti (334.9).

2010 March 31 ~ Flagg Mountain ~ Section 1
Here is a recent email I received From Mike Leonard “The Father of the Pinhoti Trail” /
The Conservation Fund. For those of you who don't know Mike, he has been involved in the
acquisition of over 7000 acres of Pinhoti Trail corridor. Out of respect, please conduct
yourselves accordingly.

"I am working hard on resolving trail terminus issues in the vicinity of Flagg
Mountain/Weogufka State Forest. There is great promise in my efforts, but as with
many transactions, I cannot disclose details until they are "nailed down".

"In that regard, it would be helpful to remove any pictures or references to the stone
tower on Flagg from the website. It would also be helpful to put a notice on the
description of Section 1 that the first 6.5 miles of the trail route are being re-evaluated
and that the area around the tower is not open to the public. Thus, hikers might want to
treat the crossroads at Weogufka as the southern end of the trail pending further
developments".

2010 April 16 ~ Simms Mountain Rail Trail
This is from a couple of emails I've received from Mike Leonard “The Father of the
Pinhoti Trail” with The Conservation Fund:

Recently, the Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association completed the grading for the trail that
will replace the road walk between mile 214.3 and mile 215.5 at the north end of Section
19 . I will try to get a description of the new "woods trail " to you. The length will be
pretty much the same, maybe one tenth of a mile shorter.

Note: this is really good for the Pinhoti because it will knit the 12 mile rail trail and the
57.6 miles of trail in the old ( west of I-75 ) Armuchee District of the Chattahoochee
National Forest into one whole. It will do so by enabling the large U.S. Forest Service
trailhead parking lot on Georgia Highway 100 (215.5 ~ High Point Trailhead) at the foot of
the south end of Taylor Ridge to be used as a trailhead parking lot for both the trail
leading north along Taylor Ridge and to access the rail trail which leads south.

The grading was done with an excavator to prepare a trail bed suitable for horses and
mountain bikes. Thus, it is pretty much finished.

2010 ~ Alabama Trail Signs
During the months of January and February, App. 50 trail info signs have been placed on
the Pinhoti Trail. These signs were furnished by the USFS - Shoal Creek Ranger District
of the Talladega National Forest. The area covered is the northern half of Alabama's side
of the Pinhoti Trail in the Talladega National Forest from mile 96.7 ~ US 431 Trailhead
to the mile 161.1 ~ High Point Trailhead, Sections 8 thru 12.

The Appalachian Trail Club of Alabama has produced and donated comparable signs to the
Alabama Trails Association that cover Section 13, from mile 161.1 ~ High Point Trailhead
up to mile 173.9 ~ Jackson Chapel Trailhead ~ this section covers the Alabama Pinhoti
from the northern boundary of the Talladega National Forest to just past the Georgia
state line. All of these signs were installed by volunteers from Alabama's Pinhoti Trail
Clubs.

These signs have been placed at: all trailheads, all paved roads, all usable dirt roads, all
trail shelters and the Dugger Mountain Wilderness. At each location, except the shelters,
there are two signs, one shows mileage to southbound landmarks and the other shows
mileage to northbound landmarks. The shelters have one sign showing mileage to both
north and south landmarks

2010 May 11 ~ Chief Ladiga Trail Campground ~ Section 12
Trail mile 152.8. If you're going north on Section 12, once you come down off Oakey
Mountain and reach the 152.8 ~ Chief Ladiga Rail Trail, the Pinhoti turns right on the CLT.

To reach the campground, turn left on the CLT instead and go about 100 yards. The
entrance is on the right. The owner, Charley Fagan, former Piedmont Mayor has been
working on this for quite a while and it should be open soon (weeks, months ?). LOTS of
campsites on Terrapin Creek and a new building under construction (office, store,
bathhouse ?). Check back for updates.

UPDATE ~ 6-6-10
Found a link for the campground:
www.chiefladigatrailcampground.com
It states that primitive camping is allowed now, though no mention of rates.

UPDATE 11-15-10
The campground is up and running. When finished, there is expected to be 160 campsites.
There are RV sites now with no power or water hookups and the dumping station is not
completed yet. Primitive campsites are available and the heated bath house has been
completed. There is a men's side and women's side with 4 toilets and 4 showers on each
side. The sites are $15 per night. Additional contact info: Bill Fann - Project Manager3180
Co. Rd 94 Piedmont, AL 36272 ~ 256-591-9207 ~ bill.fann@bellsouth.net

2012  January 11 - Dead Truck ~ Section 7
Sad day for the Pinhoti. On Jan 10 John Calhoun reported that the Dead Truck (Section 7
- mile 86.6) has vanished.... Guess that nixes my plans to make it into a trail shelter . Doh
!!!!! Hey John, reckon someone just took it out for a spin and is coming right back? : )

2012 September 28 - Section 3 Trail Completion
The completion of the trail along Rebecca Mountain was officially announced on
September 28 at the National Public Lands Day celebration, which was held at the new
Trammel Trailhead located on the southwest end of Section 3. The morning’s activities
included putting the finishing touches on the trailhead parking area, assembling the trail
kiosk and also a good bit of trail maintenance north of the trailhead.

In a larger sense, the celebration was also about completely finishing the Pinhoti Trail
from the southern boundary of the Talladega National Forest, east of Sylacauga, to the
northern terminus, north of Piedmont, for a total of 138.2 miles. This has been a
consistent effort that has spanned more than 4 decades. Congrats to everyone who has
contributed in any way to the dream.

2013 ~ Hawkins Hollow Shelter ~ Section 13
You will come to the shelter about 100 yards before you reach the tent platform, at mile
166.7. This makes the third shelter that the Alabama Trails Association has built on
Section 13. The first one, the Davis Mountain Shelter, was funded by an Alabama Power
Grant. The second one, The Spring Creek Shelter was funded from the ATA treasury and
donations.  The third one, the Hawkins Hollow Shelter. was funded with an ADECA grant.


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Old Trail Sign
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Choccolocco Creek Dam
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Terrapin Creek Dam
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Augusta Mine Ridge
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Horn Mountain
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