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

a 337.1 mile southern region appalachian trail connector

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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

trail geology.

the appalachians! huh??

​AUGUST 10, 2006

I submitted a question to Pete Conroy at the Environmental Policy and Information Center at Jacksonville State University about whether the Pinhoti is actually in the Appalachians. This page is a compilation of two email responses provided by Dr. Kelly Gregg, Geology Department at JSU:

It is perfectly accurate to say that the Pinhoti runs through the Appalachians. Admittedly, the Trail is contained in the "Piedmont Physiographic Region", but this is just a sub-region of the Appalachian Highlands.

If someone wanted to get real specific, I think it actually runs through the "Talladega Slate Belt" and the "Hillabee Greenstone Region" - two sub-sub-regions. If you wanted to avoid people fussing over minor aspects of terminology, you could avoid the phrase "Appalachian Mountains" and substitute "Appalachian Highlands" or just the "Appalachians".

However, the vast majority of people in the field would have no problem with the phrase "Appalachian Mountains" - they are certainly in the Appalachians and they are certainly mountains.

The whole matter of the Appalachians is certainly confusing. I think that the muddle is a result of very complicated geology plus the variety of ways that the term "Appalachians" has been used over the last few centuries.

Geologically speaking, the Appalachians are the mountains initiated by the Appalachian Orogeny (mountain-building) that finished up at the end of the Paleozoic. These Appalachians extended almost all the way down to Montgomery, Alabama. They consist of four major sub-regions: the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge, the Ridge and Valley, and the Appalachian Plateau. These four are found in roughly parallel bands running NE/SW.

The Pinhoti is found in the Piedmont sub-region, and (to a level of detail that I suspect no one really cares about) in the Hillabee Greenstone and Talladega Slate Belt sub-sub-regions. The Piedmont consists of a complex assortment of metamorphic and igneous rocks that have been strongly deformed.

Geology aside, I think in common usage of the term "Appalachians" is more restricted to the mountains running from North Georgia to way up north somewhere. Purely speculative, I suspect that part of the reason for this has to do with the Appalachian relief programs initiated by the Federal Government back in the '30s. For political reasons - nothing to do with geology or topography at all - they chopped off the Appalachians right on the Georgia/Alabama line. You can still find maps in textbooks showing this strange, straight-line boundary of the Appalachians.

Another reason probably has to do with the Appalachian Trail. Since the Trail starts in North Georgia, most people naturally assume that's where the mountains start too. I don't know why the Trail didn't originally begin in Alabama - probably a lack of local interest at the time.

Anyway, in terms of Geology, the Pinhoti definitely is found in the Appalachians.

^ climb up.