pta facebook.

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pinhoti links.

pinhoti fkt.

al etrail guide.

al snail trail


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section 2.

section 3.

section 4.

section 5.

section 6.

section 7.

section 8.

section 9.

section 10.

section 11.

section 12.

section 13.

Michelle Markel

super classy adventures

- youtube

- instagram

- 2018 al/ga pinhoti thruhike video series

michelle's thru hike also provided the gps trail measurement for the pinhoti guthook app.

the pinhoti story --

mike leonard.

the pinhoti trail project: atc --

jay hudson at / pt.

pin-chin-sky loop.

john calhoun trail maint.

the real appalachian trail -- justin brymer.

turkey track
-- 2005.
-- 2006.
-- 2007.
-- 2008.
-- 2009.
-- 2010.
-- 2011.
-- 2012.
-- 2013.
-- 2014.
-- 2015.


dog notes.
dugger mtn wilderness.
trailheads / sections.
al dayhike guides.
landmark locator.
loop hike cave~odum~pin.
loop hike jones~pin.
loop hike pin~chin~sky.

~~~~~~~~~ trail.
trail bed.
trail blazes.
trail clubs.
trail crews.
trail description.

trail flowers - spring
-- blue.
-- orange.
-- pink.
-- purple.
-- red.
-- white.
-- yellow.
-- critters.
-- misc.

trail flowers - fall
-- blue.
-- orange.
-- pink.
-- purple.
-- red.
-- white.
-- yellow.
-- critters.
-- misc.

trail geology.
trail history.
trail lakes.
trail maps.
trail measurement-alabama.
trail re-supply.
trail safety.
trail seasons.
trail shelters.
trail shuttles - hostels.
trail signs.
trail stewardship.
trail summits.
trail towers.
trail towns - mail drops: ala.
trail users.
trail water sources.

this n that.
alabama ycc.
an appalachian trail.
as the crow flies.
at connector.
backpacker magazine.
black bear safety.
bluffton al.
building section 4.
bull - bulls gap.
cave spring, ga.
cellphone service.
dr, tom mcgehee.
edward abbey.
forever wild.
future section 14.
hancock trg.
hiking the pinhoti.
horn mountain tower.

horn mountain trail club
-- hmtc.
-- activities.
-- base camp.
-- tool safety.
-- trail crew.
-- trail maint.

leave no trace.
moon names.
outdoor alabama.
peace signs.
pinhoti trail project.
pinky burns.
prescribed burns: fs.
pta formation.
rainbow family.
rebecca mountain: 1.
rebecca mountain: 2.
ridges and highlands.
rock n roll.
section re-du.
shoal creek church.
sister ridge.
skyway lodge.
smokey bear.
snake bites.
soul of a hiker.
the ten bulls.
the ramen chronicles.

trail running.
tri training.
ultralight gearlist: 2021.
ultralight gearlist: 2008.
wildlife - eco restore.
zen running.


the pta's busiest month to date ~ feb 2016 ~ 40,168 web hits

current weather @ pinhoti trail mid-point ~ s14 - 7.3 ~ cave spring trailhead

​​​​​pinhoti national recreation trail / pinhoti millennium legacy trail

a 337.1 mile southern region appalachian trail connector

In case of emergencies, dial 911.​ This is the only public service that will know your exact location

Do phone reset first ~ go to settings / go to privacy / turn on location services

visit the georgia pinhoti trail association for the georgia section trail guides and trail info


trail crews.

who me?

Solo. My trail name was given to me by John Collins, a retired school principal from Florida, 
during my first long distance hike on the Appalachian Trail back in 1975. I have done two 
more long hikes on the AT and many week and weekend hikes since then. I grew up in 
northeast Atlanta. The north Georgia mountains were right in my backyard, so I always 
claim that as home.

I consider myself lucky to have been living mostly in Anniston Alabama since 1986 and I

think of this as my second home. Anniston is just a stones throw from the Pinhoti and I

was a little surprised that the vast majority of people I knew had never heard of it. Jeez,

that's darn near blasphemy. How could a city of 35,000 be 10 miles from the Pinhoti and

not know it existed?

I started running with the Anniston Runners Club in 1986. In the 90's, a group of us

started trail running on Sundays. We really struggled trying to find road crossings and

fighting our way through overgrown and poorly marked trail sections. I was bitching and

moaning the whole time because I was a spoiled AT brat. Finally, a few years ago I adopted

a philosophy that changed my outlook on everything; If you have a problem, either fix it or

shut up. So I decided to help fix it.

I have "logged" over 3000 volunteer hours of trail maintenance on a chainsaw crew. I also 
wrote all of the Pinhoti Trail Guides for Alabama, which took 2 years and 53 hikes to 
measure the Alabama Section twice and a lot of road trips to get the measurements for 
all of the road crossing directions in Alabama and Georgia and I spent 4 years building

this web site.

In 1996 I formed the Horn Mountain Trail Club and adopted Pinhoti Trail Section 4 through

the USFS "Adopt a Trail Program". I was also president of the Alabama Trails Association

(Section 13) for several years. It has been great spending this much time on the trail.

It's also been a lot of hard work!

So far on the Alabama  Pinhoti, I have completed 2 northbound thru hikes, 2 northbound 
section hikes, 2 southbound section hikes, I am 93.4 miles into my 3rd northbound section 
hike, been on hundreds of maintenance trips, and I did group trail running on the Pinhoti 
every Sunday for 7 years with the Anniston Runners Club. I know lots of folks that have spent this much time on the trail and more.

​​crew members.
Have you ever considered joining a trail club? It's a great way to make great friends and 
have a great time doing it! There are a lot of new and exciting things happening on the 
Pinhoti right now and this would be a good time to volunteer. Go to the menu on the left

and click on "trail clubs" to visit the Trail Club web sites. They all have different trail section 
sponsorships and activities, so pick one and send them an email. They will be glad to hear 
from you!!

Not ready to make that kind of commitment yet? That's OK. You can still make a huge 
contribution. Whenever you spend some time on the trail, you can come back and contact 
the trail club who maintains the section(s) you visited and tell them about the condition of 
the trail. This is a great way to help the Maintainer and Hiker communities!

Report the general location and the type of problem:
Brush / annual growth crowding the trail
Blowdowns / deadfalls / leaners
Eroded trail / switchbacks
Washed out spring / creek crossings
Insufficient trail markings / signs
Unmarked turns / road crossings
Damaged shelters / picnic tables / bridges / signs
Missing shelter log books, brooms, trail registers.
Trashy shelters / campsites / trailheads

There are a limited number of Trail Club Volunteers on the Pinhoti. We only have a solid 
core group of about 15 or so volunteers who turn out month after month, year after year

to  maintain 339 miles of trail. Because of that, we can only make it into each section 
about once a year, unless someone reports a problem area. These hiker reports really 
mean a lot to us! All of the Trail Clubs and other hikers will appreciate your taking the 
time to help us keep this great trail in great shape.

Not ready to make that kind of commitment yet? That's OK too. We're all hikers here 
and we want a safe, clean trail to hike on and we want you to have the same thing.

Some of the Pinhoti has been here since the 1970's and there is no way to figure how

many Volunteers have worked on it over the years. Every one of them gave the trail to

me as a gift, free of charge, with no strings attached.

The same holds true for today's Volunteers.

The Pinhoti belongs to you. Be proud of it. Enjoy it.

^ climb up.