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trail water sources.

A Hydration Planning Guide



SW   Seasonal Water

Springs are dependent on very regular rain cycles.

High elevation springs ~ Will usually flow 1 or 2 days after rain.

Low elevation springs ~ Will usually flow maybe a week or more after rain.


RW   Reliable Water

Creeks are dependent on semi regular rain cycles.

Will usually flow continually, except maybe extreme drought conditions during hot months.


Rivers will always have water

Lakes will always have water

I've read that because of the quanity and quality and also the multitude of different sources that form rivers and lakes, filtering doesn't work as well as it does with smaller bodies of water and the possibility of ingesting bacteria and pollutants is greater. I've done it and you probably have too. Just saying...


Planning Strategy

So let me just say that anytime you use seasonal springs in your planning strategy, you are

taking a risk. If your house is sitting right on the trail, then you know when it rained on this

spot the last time, but if your house isn't on...


Reliable creeks are the way to go. So maybe you will need to carry 2 litres or more, sometimes or maybe regularly. Water is only 2 lbs. per litre, so Just leave the ax and BBQ grill at home. You'll be fine :)


Use the list below to determine the distances between reliable water sources on the sections you plan to hike. Then figure in things like how far you can go on a litre of water. how many meals before the next water source, and weather you will set up camp before the next source. 



Pinhoti Southern Terminus

section 1.

0.0 ~ FLAGG MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD

0.4 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW? (RW doubtful)
1.0 ~ CREEK REED PATCH ~ SW
1.8 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
2.1 ~ WEOGUFKA CREEK SHELTER ~ RW
2.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW? (RW maybe)
4.7 ~ FOOTBRIDGE ~ RW
6.0 ~ WEOGUFKA, AL ~ RW
12.6 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD ~ RW
section 2.

12.6 ~ AL 21 TRAILHEAD ~ RW

22.9 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD
section 3.

22.9 ~ TRAMMEL TRAILHEAD

23.3 ~ BOGG AREA ~ SW
24.0 ~ SPRING ~ SW
34.2 ~ AL 148 CROSSING (1 mile off trail) ~ RW, SW

34.3 ~ BULLS GAP TRAILHEAD
section 4.

34.3 ~ BULLS GAP TRAILHEAD

34.7 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
48.7 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
48.7 ~ SCOTT’S CASCADE / DRY CREEK ~ RW
50.4 ~ 52.3 ~ 13 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
52.3 ~ PORTER'S GAP TRAILHEAD
section 5.

52.3 ~ PORTER'S GAP TRAILHEAD

55.7 ~ TALLADEGA CREEK BRIDGE ~ RW
57.5 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SW
58.9 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
66.1 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SW
66.2 ~ DOUBLE SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
67.6 ~ SKYWAY LOOP TRAIL ( 0.8 mile off trail) ~ SW, RW
67.8 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD
section 6.

67.8 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD

69.0 ~ 70.3 ~ 6 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
71.0 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
73.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
73.7 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
73.8 ~ LITTLE CANEY HEAD ~ SW
78.0 ~ HERNANDEZ PEAK ~ SW
79.1 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD (0.5 miles off trail)
section 7.

79.1 ~ CHEAHA TRAILHEAD

79.3 ~ AL 281 CROSSING / CHEAHA STATE PARK (0.4 miles off trail)  ~ RW
81.1 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
83.1 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
83.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
83.9 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC
84.3 ~ CCC ROAD / CHEAHA ROAD ~ SW
85.3 ~ ZULU CANYON ~ RW
87.3 ~ HILLABEE CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
87.8 ~ 88.5 ~ 6 SPRINGS / 2 CREEKS ~ SW, RW
88.5 ~ CAMPSITE ~ RW
90.8 ~ FRIENDSHIP CAMPSITE ~ LC, RW
91.5 ~ CR 24 CROSSING ~ RW
91.7 ~ MORGAN LAKE SWITCHBACK ~ SW
92.3 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
92.4 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
93.9 ~ SMALL CASCADE ~ SW
94.0 ~ LITTLE HILLABEE FALLS ~ RW

96.7 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD

section 8.
96.7 ~ US 431 TRAILHEAD
96.9 ~ SPRING / BOG CROSSING ~ SW
99.0 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
100.5 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
100.9 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
102.0 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
102.3 ~ RIO GRANDE CROSSING ~ RW
103.7 ~ INDIAN CAVE ~ SW
105.0 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
105.1 ~ SHOAL CREEK RANGER STATION (100 yards off trail) ~ RW

There are 2 spigots outside the office and Ranger Lesley said we were welcome to use them!
106.2 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ 935’ ~ SW
section 9.
106.2 ~ SOUTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ SW
107.6 ~ 108.0 ~ 3 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
108.4 ~ 108.9 ~ 2 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
110.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
112.4 ~ HOLLY SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
113.9 ~ LOWER SHOAL CANYON  ~ RW
115.6 ~ SHOAL FLATS ~ RW
115.8 ~ CAMPSITE ~ RW
116.0 ~ 116.3 ~ 2 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
116.7 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
116.9 ~ EAGLE BRIDGE ~ SW
117.2 ~ FS 531 CROSSING ~ RW
117.3 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
117.5 ~ HIGHROCK LAKE ~ RW
117.6 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
117.7 ~ CAMPSITE ~ RW
119.2 ~ 119.3 ~ 2 SPRING CROSSINGS ~ SW
119.8 ~ PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND ~ RW
section 10.
119.8 ~ PINE GLEN CAMPGROUND ~ RW
119.9 ~ DOUBLE BRIDGES ~ SW
122.1 ~ BRIDGE ~ SW
122.4 ~ SWEETWATER LAKE ~ RW
124.4 ~ LAUREL SHELTER ~ RW
124.9 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
127.4 ~ ALUMINUM BRIDGE ~ RW
127.7 ~ COLEMAN LAKE TRAILHEAD ~ RW
130.3 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
130.4 ~ 131.9 ~ CHIPMUNK CANYON ~ RW
130.6 ~ CHIP'S CAMPSITE ~ RW
130.7 ~ DALE'S CAMPSITE / CASCADE ~ RW
130.8 ~ SON OF BILLY GOAT CAMPSITE ~  RW
131.6 ~ CREEK CROSSING ~ RW
131.9 ~ ROCK ISLAND CROSSING ~ RW
134.6 ~ CHOCCOLOCCO CREEK WATERSHED ~ RW
134.7 ~ CHOCCOLOCCO CREEK SHELTER ~ RW
136.1 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD ~ RW
section 11.
136.1 ~ BURNS TRAILHEAD ~ RW
138.8 ~ JONES BRANCH ROAD ~ SW
141.5 ~ ROCKY TOP 7
144.3 ~ NORTH DUGGER FLATS ~ RW
144.8 ~ NORTH DUGGER WILDERNESS BOUNDARY ~ RW
144.9 ~ NORTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ RW
section 12.
144.9 ~ NORTH FS 500 TRAILHEAD ~ RW
147.3 ~ TERRAPIN CREEK WATERSHED ~ RW
148.0 ~ DOUBLE SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
148.2 ~ NORTH SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
150.0 ~ NORTH OAKEY CAMPSITE ~ SW
151.7 ~ SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
152.8 ~ CHIEF LADIGA RAIL TRAIL ~ RW
153.7 ~ 94 SPRING CROSSING ~ SW
158.5 ~ LANIE HOLLOW ~ SW
160.3 ~ LANIE CREEK CROSSING ~ LC, RW
161.1 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD
section 13.
161.1 ~ HIGH POINT TRAILHEAD
162.7 ~ DAVIS MOUNTAIN SWITCHBACKS ~ RW
166.0 ~ HURRICANE CREEK BRIDGE ~ LC, RW
166.5 ~ HAWKINS HOLLOW ~ RW
166.6 ~ HAWKINS HOLLOW SHELTER ~ RW
166.7 ~ HAWKINS HOLLOW TENT PLATFORM ~ RW
166.8 ~ INDIAN MOUNTAIN SWITCHBACKS ~ RW
172.0 ~ SPRING CREEK SHELTER ~ SW
173.9 ~ JACKSON CHAPEL TRAILHEAD ~ RW


Pinhoti Northern Terminus



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