|Cheaha Wilderness, Pinhoti Trail, looking north to Cheaha Mountain|
The section of trail from the Florida Panhandle across SW Georgia to the Alabama border is included here. It is a road walk through Bainbridge and then paralleling the Apalachicola River passing through Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge, built in 1891 at a cost of $490.41 and still in use today. Continuing north the trail makes use of some of the ten trail miles through Georgia’s little Grand Canyon in Providence Canyon State Recreation Area. A few miles further north and west the trail crosses the Apalachicola River into Alabama at the village of Omaha.
A road walk across east central Alabama toward the town of Tuskegee leads to a short hike on the Bartram National Recreation Trail in Tuskegee National Forest. Continuing past huge Lake Martin, the trail reaches the southern end of the 11 mile Coosa Trail at Mitchell Lake. The Coosa Trail could be considered an extension of Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail, with just a few miles on country roads separating the north end of the Coosa Trail from the southern Terminus of the Pinhoti Trail on Flagg Mountain.
The Pinhoti Trail runs northeastward across Alabama for 170.7 miles through Talladega National Forest, the Cheaha Wilderness, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, and Cheaha State Park. Most of the trail follows ridges of the Appalachian Mountains and crosses into Georgia where it continues for another 160 miles.
MAPS and TRAIL GUIDES:
Georgia’s Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area: http://gastateparks.org/ProvidenceCanyon
Coosa Trail: http://hikealabama.org/joomla/index.php/trails-and-maps/coosa-wildlife-management-area
Alabama Road Walk: http://hikealabama.org/joomla/index.php/trails-and-maps/alabama-roadwalk
Pinhoti Trail: http://hikealabama.org/joomla/index.php/trails-and-maps/pinhoti-trail
Alabama and Georgia Pinhoti Trail Alliance: http://www.pinhotitrailalliance.org/
HEART OF THE TRAIL:
Pinhoti Trail from Adams Gap near Talladega to US 278 near Piedmont.