​​​​​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


pta facebook.

mobile friendly.


pinhoti links.

pinhoti fkt.

al etrail guide.

al snail trail


section 1.

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

rainbow family.

United States Forest Shoal Creek Ranger District
Department of Agriculture Service
450 Hwy 46 Heflin, AL 36264 (205) 463-2272
Reply to: 2300 / 2600 / 7700 / 6700
Date: August 3, 1993

To: The Rainbow Family
Your cleanup and rehabilitation efforts following the 1993 National Rainbow Gathering on 
the Shoal Creek District has met or exceeded our expectations. We commend those 
Rainbow family members who have stayed these past weeks to work with us , in a spirit of 
cooperation, to return the site to as close a natural condition as before the gathering.

As you know, one of our greatest concerns during the gathering was to minimize potential 
impacts to threatened and endangered mussels in Shoal Creek. On July 16, the biologist 
from United States Fish and Wildlife Service surveyed the creek along the areas of 
greatest use. They found no degradation of stream habitat or harm to any individual 
mussels had occurred. Your assistance in stabilizing stream banks after the gathering as 
well as efforts by all Rainbow family members during the gathering to protect these rare 
mussels is appreciated.

We were also concerned about long term impacts to the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail, 
four miles of which was used heavily during the Gathering. We are pleased that adverse 
impacts are minimal. In the case of the "Cooperation Bridge" built by Rainbows during the 
Gathering, we have decided to move the two sections of bridge to new locations on the 
trail for continued use.

On our walk through inspections we saw no trash remaining. We acknowledge that your 
cleanup crews also removed some trash that had been on site prior to the Gathering.

All kitchens have been reclaimed, ovens dismantled and disintegrated, and compost and 
gray water pits filled in. Seed has been scattered and is already coming up in places.

We found no evidence of latrines, social trails, or campsites remaining.

There will be some rehabilitation of the wildlife openings used for bus village and main 
circle that we will have to do this fall. The drought conditions here now and the need to 
deep plow to mitigate compaction does not make the reclamation practical right now.

In addition, the district will incur some costs to re-grade the main roads into the area 
which have wash boarded badly as a result of the extensive traffic during the gathering.

All things considered, we are very pleased with the overall cleanup effort. I know that 
many hard hours in the Alabama heat went into reclaiming the gathering site. Our personal 
thanks to those individuals who made the reclamation effort and cleanup a success.

District Ranger

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