pinhoti national recreation trail / pinhoti millennium legacy trail
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* revised numbering system: s1 = section number and 1.1 = section mileage. example: s1 ~ 1.1 *
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current weather / pinhoti trail mid-point / 181.3 ~ cave spring trailhead.
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DISTANCE ~ 11.4
CUMULATIVE ~ 19.7 ~ 31.1
ELEVATION: L 945' ~ H 1241'
WOODS TRAIL ~ DIFFICULT
LANDMARK ~ RCW NESTING AREA
LOCAL TOWN ~ SYLACAUGA (wet)
SOUTHERN TERMINUS ~ START HIKE
BEGIN TALLADEGA RANGER DISTRICT
BEGIN SOUTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDS
BEGIN REBECCA MOUNTAIN
BEGIN HOLLINS WILDLIFE MGT. AREA
0.0 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD ~ 945'
Turn right from the Trailhead Parking Area and go 175 feet. The trail goes into the woods on the left.
HISTORY 2009 ~ 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.
0.1 ~ INFO BOARD
There are a lot of switchbacks ahead so keep a sharp eye out for blazes.
Go left at the Info Board.
0.4 ~ BOGG AREA ~ SW
There is a patch of creek reeds down on the left with a good seasonal spring running through it.
0.6 ~ FS ROAD
You’ll see a good FS gravel road running parallel to the trail, down the hill to the left.
1.1 ~ SPRING ~ SW
SW ~ Down the hill to your left.
1.3 ~ RED COCKADED WOODPECKER NESTING AREA
This large Forest Service RCW nesting area is easily distinguishable by the heavily thinned forest with not much left standing besides tall pines. It’s fairly likely that you will either see or hear the woodpeckers. Please try not to disturb them or their young families. With the abundance of tall grass you may also see snakes sunning themselves on the trail in the warmer months.
1.6 ~ RCW HILLCREST
1.9 ~ FS 675
2.4 ~ FS 675 AND FS 603B JUNCTION
2.5 ~ MACHINE DUG TRAIL
2.6 ~ FS BOUNDARY MARKER
3.2 ~ TRAIL NEARS RIDGELINE
3.4 ~ SWITCHBACK
3.5 ~ SWITCHBACK
4.2 ~ MACHINE DUG TRAIL ENDS AT ROADBED ~ LC
5.4 ~ JUNCTION ROADBED / WEST TOWER ROAD
5.7 ~ CONCRETE WEST TOWER ROAD / SAGE GAP
6.7 ~ CROSS RIDGE ROAD IN GAP EAST OF SAGE GAP
8.3 ~ CROSS RIDGE ROAD WEST OF WHITE GAP
8.7 ~ TRAIL CROSSES WHITE GAP ROAD
9.7 ~ HAND DUG TRAIL BEGINS
9.9 ~ JUNCTION NEW SPRING TRAIL AT DEEP GAP
10.0 ~ HIGH POINT ROCK OVERLOOK
10.1 ~ BROAD GAP
11.3 ~ AL 148 CROSSING ~ CS, TT, RW, HS ~ 1180’
Go straight across to FS 607 (dirt road on the left)
RW ~ go right on AL 148 1.0 miles to the Hatchet Creek bridge.
CS, TT, HS ~ Go left on AL 148 for 10.5 miles to Sylacauga.
11.4 ~ BULLS GAP TRAILHEAD / AL 148 ~ 1241'
Follow FS 607 100 yards to the Trailhead parking area, on the left.
END REBECCA MOUNTAIN
NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE
PLEASE 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 11.5 miles to the top of the ridge at Bulls Gap.
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 50 yards to the trailhead parking area, on the left.
SOUTHERN TERMINUS ~ START HIKE ~ PARK START HIKE VEHICLE
0.0 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD
From the Bulls Gap Trailhead parking area, go back out to AL 148 and turn right.
Go 8.1 miles to FS 603. It’s 0.6 miles past 4 mile marker. Turn left.
Go 2.6 miles to FS 603A. Turn Left.
Go 0.5 miles to a fork in the road with a gate blocking the left fork. Take the right fork and go 350 feet to the trailhead parking area, on the right.
CS ~ Convenience Store ~ Mom and Pop stores
TT ~ Trail Town ~ Large enough for grocery stores
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 ~ Dry a few days after rain
RW ~ Reliable Water ~ Always available
HS ~ Hot Shower ~ On Trail ~ Off Trail