​​​​​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

trail seasons.

high traffic seasons.
You will find several high foot traffic sections on the Pinhoti, mainly during the spring and fall:


Cheaha Wilderness ~ Section 6
Cheaha State Park ~ Section 7
Pine Glen Campground ~ Section 10
Coleman Lake Campground ~ Section 10

hiking seasons.
winter: january / march.
Winter is a great time to be out. It is like flying over in a plane. You can get good views of the Appalachian's both in front and behind you and you can also watch our Sister Ridge (Alabama's Choccolocco Mountains) as she follows along from Mt. Cheaha up to Dugger Mountain. Night temps are mostly in the 30's and some 20's. Rain is possible anytime.

spring: april / may.
The Spring Flower Show starts around the end of March from one end of the trail to the other. Night's are mostly in the 40's and 50's. Be prepared for rain and the occasional tornado. Find a good flat "Weather Rock" to place outside of your shelter at night:
Dry Rock = No Rain, Wet Rock = Rain, Missing Rock = Tornado.

summer: june / september.
I guess the best time to be on the Pinhoti is NOT! (NOT!) summer. If you go out during the summer, the Chiggers and ticks will set upon you like the Plague!

fall: october / december.
The fall colors start on the smaller trees in late October and reach the larger trees in November. Most of the seldom hiked parts of the trail will be harder to follow because of the leaves on the ground, but not impossible. After a few good rains the trail bed will start to define itself again. Night temps are mostly in the 40's and 50's.

hunting seasons.
Let's start with a link to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, DCNR websites.

These are fairly technical websites that will (eventually :) answer any questions you may have about hunting dates and hunting areas, so please refer to the DCNR websites for specific hunting information. The DCNR creates all hunting rules and regulations and sets the dates for when hunting is permitted. Basically, there is a season for every animal, with few exceptions, and the dates are spread throughout the year.

The season hikers are most concerned with is deer season, which usually runs from the end of November to the end of January. The DCNR is also the issuing authority for a hunting license. This license allows hunting anywhere it is permitted, which is basically everywhere, with few exceptions.

So, the main purpose here is not to list when and where we can hike on the Pinhoti, or any other trail in the US, without rubbing shoulders with hunters because there is no such time and place, as you will (eventually :) glean from the DCNR website.

A large part of the hunting season is about interacting with other people in our woodland community. When we are out in the woods there are no hikers and there are no hunters, just people like us who truly love to be in the woods and are filled by the same awe and wonder of it all, for whatever reason.

If we raise a hand, smile and say hey, they will too. These are the same people you see in your neighborhood, at work and at the grocery store.

Also, hunters always wear something orange so people can see them through the trees and it would be nice if we returned the favor. Imagine being a hunter hearing something coming through the leaves from a long way off... they are in go mode...

^ climb up.