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hiking directions.
DISTANCE ~ 9.5

CUMULATIVE ~ 93.5 ~ 103.0

ELEVATION ~ L 885' ~ H 1200'

WOODS TRAIL ~ MODERATE

LANDMARK ~ INDIAN CAVE

LOCAL TOWN ~ HEFLIN
SOUTHERN TERMINUS ~ START HIKE
CONTINUE TALLADEGA LOWLANDS

CONTINUE HORSEBLOCK MOUNTAIN
0.0 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD ~ CS, SW, RW ~ 885'
The north trail begins from the parking area by going downhill on the gravel road for 0.1 miles to US 431. Cross over the highway and go about 30 yards to the right. The trail enters the woods on the left.
ROADKILL WARNING ~ You'll probably want to scurry right on across this busy highway!!
CS ~ Go right on US 431 for 0.6 miles to the Cheaha Country Store. You can go left 2.8 miles to I-20, but there are no businesses there.
SW ~ After you cross over the highway and start up the trail, there is a spring on the right.
RW ~ Before you cross over US 431, there is a difficult creek access on the right.
NEXT RW ~ 5.3 miles
0.2 ~ SPRING ~ BOG CROSSING ~ SW
0.8 ~ BEAVER POND
There is an old beaver dam here but I have never seen the Beaver. Dr. Lee, author of the Hiking Alabama website, saw him a few times though.
1.8 ~ FS 518 CROSSING ~ 1080'
The trail goes diagonally across the road to the right. You will start hearing the hum of I ~ 20 traffic around here and it will continue for the next 4 miles or so. Camp at your own risk. 8~{
NEXT RW ~ 3.8 miles
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 CROSSING ~ (no services) ~ 1074'
When the trail comes out on AL 281, turn left and go across the bridge. Then turn right on the gravel road that is 100 yards past the bridge. Go 10 yards to where the trail goes back in the woods on the left. There are no entrance / exit ramps or businesses here.
4.5 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
4.6 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
4.9 ~ COLONIAL PIPELINE ~ 1010'
Follow the lower side of the hump straight across the clearing. There is a blue blaze at the tree line. There is also a false trail that goes across the top of the hump.
HISTORY ~ This pipeline runs between Texas and the lower New England states.
5.3 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
NEXT RW ~ 0.3 miles
5.4 ~ GREENSTONE SHELTER (proposed) ~ LC, TS
5.6 ~ RIO GRANDE CROSSING ~ LC, RW
LC, RW ~ You will find of flat spots near the creek.
NEXT RW ~ 11.6 miles
5.7 ~ PLANTATION PIPELINE ~ 990'
The trail goes straight across the clearing.
WILDFLOWER ~ Beggar Lice ~ Purple ~ September
HISTORY ~ This pipeline runs between Louisiana and Virginia. It ran through my backyard in N. E. Atlanta, where I grew up.
5.8 ~ EL LOCO SPLIT
When the trail comes to the old road bed, you will see blue paint everywhere and 2 parallel roads going straight ahead with an island of trees in the middle. Follow the road on the right side of the island. Go 100 yards to the end of the island and turn left back into the woods. This left turn is not marked (spring 2003).
WILDFLOWER ~ Blazing Star ~ Purple ~ September
6.3 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
6.6 ~ AL 281 CROSSING ~ 990'
The trail goes straight across AL 281.
6.8 ~ HIDEOUT GORGE
7.0 ~ INDIAN CAVE ~ SW
There is a shallow cave (home?) down near the spring. Look for a small grinding bowl made into the cave floor.
FLOWERING SHRUB ~ Mountain Laurel ~ White / May
7.6 ~ SOUTHERN NATURAL GAS PIPELINE ~ SISTER RIDGE VIEW
The trail goes straight across the clearing. There is a good view on the left of our Sister Ridge (Choccolocco Mountains) as she follows the backside of Ft. McClellan. This ridge runs west of the Pinhoti for 61.1 miles. She starts in Coldwater and passes through Anniston, Ft. McClellan, Jacksonville and ends in Piedmont. You will have views of her off and on all the way up to Dugger Mountain. The Pinhoti and our Sister Ridge are home to 26 of the 100 highest named summits in Alabama.
WILDFLOWER ~ Blackberry ~ White ~ May
HISTORY ~ This pipeline runs all through the southeast.

CHOCCOLOCCO (Cha-Ka-La-Ka) MOUNTAINS (Mountuns)
NORTHERN TERMINUS
PIEDMONT
Piedmont ~ 701'
Last Lonely Peak ~ 1160'

JACKSONVILLE
Hurricane Mountain ~ 1876'
Chimney Peak ~ 1720’
Ben White Point ~ 1592'
White’s Gap ~ 1256'
Foster Mountain ~ 1420’

FT. McCLELLAN
Big Oak Mountain ~ 2050'
Mokeley Hill ~ 1840'
Moorman Hill ~ 2030'
Bain’s Gap ~ 1420' 
Marchets Hill ~ 2104'
Morton Hill ~ 2063'
Stanley Hill ~ 1900'
King Hill ~ 1945'

ANNISTON
Blue Mountain ~ 1516'
Twin Mountains ~ 1170' & 1225'
Mount Royal ~ 1519'

COLDWATER ~ OXFORD
Oak Mountain ~ 1705'
Coldwater Peak ~ 1709’
Coldwater Spring ~ 584'
SOUTHERN TERMINUS

SECTION 8 CONTINUED
7.7 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC
99.9 % of all the campsites that are listed in the Alabama portion this trail guide are the ones with existing fire rings. The number of existing fire rings (66 in 2003) averages out to like one every two miles….
8.0 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
8.2 ~ ROAD BED
The trail goes to the right 45 yards on the road and then goes back in the woods on the left.
8.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
8.4 ~ ROAD BED CROSSING
8.9 ~ BEACON ~ TRANSPONDER POWER LINE CROSSING ~ 1200'
9.1 ~ POWER LINE CROSSING ~ 1100'
9.3 ~ US 78 BRIDGE ~ HEFLIN ~ CS, TT ~ 965'
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.
WILDFLOWER ~ Black-eyed Susan ~ Yellow ~ May
9.3 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ LC, SW ~ 936'
After you cross the bridge, go straight for 50 yards and turn right on the gravel road (FS 500). Then go 0.1 miles to the trailhead parking area, which is on the right, just past the RR tracks.
END HORSEBLOCK MOUNTAIN

END TALLADEGA LOWLANDS

NORTHERN TERMINUS ~ FINISH HIKE

hiker services.
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

driving directions.
USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER (NO REALLY :)
NORTHERN TERMINUS ~ FINISH HIKE
PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST
106.2 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD
Exit I-20 at Exit 191, US 431S, 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
96.7 ~ 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 a dirt road, FS 585, on the left. Turn left.
Go 0.1 miles to the US 431 Trailhead parking area, on the left.



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