The Pinhoti Trail Guide 

Pinhoti is Creek Indian for "Turkey Home." So it is perhaps not surprising that visitors usually see wild turkey on the trail, I also usually see deer, and have seen snakes, turtles, squirrel, and armadillo. I have hiked all 111.4 miles of the trail, most of it at least twice and some of it as many as five times. Most of the trail, 103.8 miles (mileage from the forest service map), is in the Talladega National Forest. Nine more miles have been added to the North section, outside of the national forest by the Alabama Trail Association. They plan to complete another mile of trail to the Georgia boarder in the next year, and in the future to extend the trail to Cave Spring Georgia.  This is a very intimate trail, it goes through dells, alongside streams, and over rolling hills. Many sections of the trail go through long leaf pine groves, these pines give the hills and forests a soft, fluffy appearance and invite you to lay down on beds of soft pine needles. There are few majestic views along the trail but you often can see out over the mountains through windows in the trees and into the many valleys. For me the most appealing thing about the Pinhoti is the solitude.  Of the many days I've spent on the trail, less than half of them have I seen other hikers or backpackers, I've always camped alone.

As there are good maps available for the areas I'm going to cover, my plan is for this to be used as a supplement to the maps. This set of 5 modified 1:24000 topo maps with the trail and some side trails drawn in can be bought for $5.00 - $7.00 from Alabama Outdoors or High Country Outfitters in Birmingham. The forest service will also send you the whole set of maps for about $25, call 256 362-2909. I strongly suggest the use of these maps as this site is built around them. Also, while the trail is well built, in many places it is overgrown and I have completely lost the trail a few times. I'll try to point out these areas, but if you do lose the trail you'll be very glad for the map.

Thank you for visiting my site, I hope you enjoy the Pinhoti as much as I do. Please respect the trail, and the other visitors by following Leave No Trace Guidelines. If you should happen to see me on the trail stop to say "hi." I have put a lot of work into this site and I would greatly appreciate your signing my Guest book before leaving. 

What to look out for.

Preparing for the trek.

Trail Maintenance.

Maps and Navigation.

ATA Section.

Section 1.

Section 2.

Section 3.

Section 4.

Section 5.

Section 6.

Section 7.

Section 8.

  New! Dugger Mountain Wilderness.

Side Trails.

Click for Anniston, Alabama Forecast

Suggested Short Hikes.

Other Sites Related to the Pinhoti.

The Trail From Another Perspective.

Pinhoti Wildflowers.

 Pinhoti Thru-Hike Journal.

Updated: October, 2000

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