​​​​​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


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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
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-- 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.

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

trail flowers - spring
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-- orange.
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-- red.
-- white.
-- yellow.
-- critters.
-- misc.

trail flowers - fall
-- blue.
-- orange.
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-- 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

the real appalachian trail.

The Pinhoti Trail, Alabama’s “Miniature Appalachian Trail,” gives hikers exactly what they want. From challenging switch backs that rival anything on the Appalachian Trail (AT) and scenic views atop Mt. Cheaha, to the tucked-away campsites and shelters on lakes and in the hollows, the Pinhoti Trail is truly a backpacker’s paradise.

The Pinhoti Trail was originally built in the 1970s by volunteers and conservation corps members with funds from the U.S. Forest Service and covered about 60 miles from Coleman Lake to Adam’s Gap. The Forest Service has since funded the construction of many trail shelters, which offer backpackers a home-away-from-home feeling in the woods, but it has been mostly volunteers who have bought, built, and busted their buns to maintain Pinhoti and keep the trail true to what AT pioneer Benton McKaye envisioned.

On nearly any weekend of the year, at least parts of the Pinhoti Trail offer the special experience of solitude in the wilderness that McKaye wanted. Streams and scenic vistas blanket the trail’s corridor, as do wildlife, wildflowers, and many waterfalls. Campsites are available on a variety of terrains. The rocky outcrop of Hernandez Point is one of the best mountain views in the state at 2,344 feet in elevation. Shoal Creek is a tranquil and shady shelter located on a bend in a wide creek that lulls campers to sleep in the evening.

The foot path itself covers about 150 miles in Alabama, running roughly from Horn Mountain near Sylacauga northeast to Flag Pole Mountain on the Georgia state line. Because the trail also takes hikers right by some popular weekend outdoor getaways like Coleman Lake, Mt. Cheaha, the Chief Ladiga Trail, Terrapin Creek, and Sweetwater Lake, it also allows outdoor lovers with only a few hours to spare a chance to experience something special in the state.

As I mentioned above, some truly gifted and generous volunteers have already done all of the hard work to prepare the trail for you. Detailed maps are available, a free trail guide is a spot-on description of elevation and water sources, wonderful three-sided shelters are conveniently located throughout the trail, and the path is mostly in superb condition. All volunteers ask is that hikers stay on the trail, pack out all that they pack in, use only the fire rings that are already built, and remain mindful to leave this state treasure as they found it.

Volunteer Pinhoti Trail worker John Calhoun knows what makes a truly great hiking trail. He is in a select group of backpackers known as Triple-Crowners who have through-hiked the AT, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. He calls the Pinhoti “a miniature AT,” and says that the steep and rocky section of the Pinhoti known as “The Stairway to Heaven” is just as difficult as anything on the AT and the views from the Pinhoti Trail are equally as scenic.

Once the Pinhoti hits the Georgia line, the trail doesn’t just peter out. It continues as the Georgia Pinhoti Trail with slightly different regulations (some sections allow for bicyclists) and maintenance regularity. The trail eventually connects with the Appalachian Trail on the famed Springer Mountain. A through-hike from Alabama to Maine is a reality and an increasingly popular choice for hikers who want to do “the real Appalachian Trail.”

For a detailed trail guide and driving directions visit http://www.pinhotitrailalliance.org/.

~ Justin Brimer

^ climb up.