SW ~ Seasonal Water / Needs rain in the past week.
1.2, 2.5, 3.2, 5.5, 5.9, 6.0, 6.9, 8.2, 16.4
RW ~ Reliable Water / Always available.
7.6, 9.0, 11.0, 11.4, 12.7, 12.8, 15.7
Trail Description This 16.7 mile counter-clockwise loop begins at the southern end of the Cheaha Wilderness at the Adams Gap Trailhead. From the parking area, you'll cross over AL 281 and go down the downhill dirt road about 20 feet to the Pinhoti Trail. Turn left on the Pinhoti and hike 6.0 miles to the Little Caney Head Campsite. Then turn left on the Chinnabee Silent Trail and hike 5.4 miles to Lake Chinnabee. Just before the lake you'll turn left on the Skyway Loop Trail and then hike 5.1 miles to the Pinhoti Trail. Turn left on the Pinhoti and hike 0.2 miles to the Adams Gap Trailhead.
Trail Marking Minimal Blue Blazes
Time vs Distance To help you judge the time needed to travel from point A to point B, consider that the average hiking pace is 2 mph: 60 minutes = 2 miles 30 minutes = 1 mile 15 minutes = 1/2 mile
Driving Directions ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD
Exit I ~ 20 at US 431, east of Oxford. Go south 3.4 miles to the overhead bridge. Go 100 yards past the overhead bridge to the second right turn, just before Parks Store. Turn right. Go 0.4 miles to the stop sign at AL 281. Turn left. Go 17.9 miles to where the pavement ends at the Adams Gap Trailhead parking area.
Trail Guide 0.0 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD / AL 281 ~ 1444' ~ (Photo)
From the parking area, cross over AL 281 and go down the downhill dirt road about 20' and turn left up the hill into the Cheaha Wilderness.
4.8 ~ 5.4 ~ 3 CAMPSITES ~ 2100' +/- ~ LC ~ Good views 5.5 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ 2140' ~ SW 5.7 ~ * ROCKY TOP 5 ~ 2160' 5.8 ~ CAMPSITE ~ 2120' ~ LC ~ Good views 5.9 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ 2120' ~ SW 6.0 ~ LITTLE CANEY HEAD CAMPSITE ~ 2100' ~ LC, SW
Turn left at this big intersection on the Chinnabee Silent Trail and start working your way down off the ridge. LC ~ Little Caney Head is a busy place with 6 fire rings. SW ~ The spring is 50' down the CST, on the left. WILDFLOWER ~ Mountain Laurel / Late Spring / White
6.9 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
The spring is off trail about 50' to the right, through a Mountain Laurel thicket. You'll be able to hear it a lot better than you can see it.