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    Pinhoti Trail Alabama Tour - Alabama-Georgia Hiking Adventure
    - 335-Mile Hiking Trail
    - Southern Appalachian Trail
    - Alabama Tall Peaks Trek
    - Cheaha State Park
    - Talladega National Forest
    - Dugger Mountain Wilderness
    - Chief Ladiga Trail
    - 100 Mile Trail Run (Early Nov)


    The Pinhoti Trail is a long-distance trail, 335 miles long, located in the United States within the states Alabama and Georgia. The trail's southern terminus is on Flagg Mountain (the southern most Appalachian peak that rises over 1,000 feet) which is located near Weogufka, Alabama. The trail's northern terminus is where it joins the Benton MacKaye Trail / Appalachian Trail.

    The Pinhoti Trail is a part of the Eastern Continental Trail and the Great Eastern Trail, both very long-distance US hiking trails connecting multiple states. Most of the Georgia Pinhoti Trail is in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

    Actual development of the Alabama Pinhoti Trail got started in 1970 and seven years later, a key portion through the Talladega Forest was designated a National Recreation Trail. Since then more segments have been added courtesy of the Alabama Wilderness Coalition, US Forest Service and Alabama's Forever Wildland Trust.

    Even though the full trail was ceremoniously completed in 2008, there is still much needed to improve the trail.

    Pinhoti is a premier southern Appalachian long distance hiking trail. The total distance of the trail is 334.9 miles. There are 171.2 miles in Alabama and 163.7 miles in Georgia, which makes the Pinhoti the longest hiking trail in either state.

    Noteworthy Trail Segments:

    • Johns Mountain Trail -
    • Keown Falls Loop Trail -
    • Simms Mountain Rail Trail -
    • Chief Ladiga Trail - The Pinhoti joins the Chief Ladiga Trail, a 33 mile long rail trail, for a short portion.

    Chief Ladiga Trail:

    The 33-mile trail stretches from the Alabama-Georgia state line to Weaver. The Chief Ladiga is on the same rail corridor as the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia as far as Piedmont, Alabama. From there it parallels an abandoned Southern Railway line for a few miles west of town until it leaves the old Seaboard rail line, heading south on the Southern Railway route until the trail ends just north of Anniston.

    As of August, 2007, pavement is continuous between the Ladiga and Comet trails. A new gateway marks the connecting point at the state line. Now that the Chief Ladiga and the Silver Comet trails are connected, there is a 90-mile (145 km) paved corridor for non-motorized travel from just west of Atlanta, Georgia to Anniston, making it the 2nd longest paved trail in the U.S. Chief Ladiga was a Muscogee chief who relinquished his tribe's lands when he signed the Treaty of Cusseta in 1832.

    Dugger Mountain Wilderness:

    Dugger Mountain, the second highest peak in Alabama with an elevation of 2,140 feet, is located between Anniston and Piedmont.

    The wilderness encompasses some of the most rugged and mountainous terrain in Alabama, as well as numerous endangered and threatened plant communities. It is one of the last intact roadless areas in Alabama's National Forests. Most of the mountain's 16,000 acres is too steep to profitably cut for timber harvest.

    Talladega National Forest
    Wilderness Camping & Trails

    Covering much of the southern edge of the Appalachian Mountain, this forest has one of the most beautiful woodland areas in Alabama with many scenic vistas and trails. It is most noteworthy for is Fall Color Change in mid-Oct to mid-Nov and Spring Flower Bloom in March & April and many wild game species.

    The Pinhoti Trail - travels the length of Talladega National Forest and Cheaha State Park.

    Cheaha State Park
    Highest Point in Alabama

    Alabama's oldest state park and highest point in the state. Outdoor recreation includes hiking, mountain biking, a lake for swimming and fishing, and an observation tower at the highest point. Premium opportunity for a true Alabama High Adventure Trek.

    The park is also completely surrounded by the Talladega National Forest which offers additional recreational resources, like easily accessible trails to waterfalls and more.

    The Pinhoti Trail - travels the length of Talladega National Forest and Cheaha State Park.

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    Blog Alabama - 2011 Trail Extension.
    TrailExpress - Chief Ladiga Trail
    Pinhoti Trail Alliance - Map of Key Trailheads & Trail Clubs.
    Sprint Ultra Club - Pinhoti 100 Mile Trail Run (1st Weekend Nov)
    Nina's 2000 Pinhoti Trail Journal -

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