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Pinhoti Trail Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cheaha State Park, Talladega National Forest, Alabama
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 14 2020  10:30 am >> Sun, Jun 14 2020 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Jun 5 2020 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jun 14 2020 7:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:7.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


We will walk 2.8 miles south on Cave Creek Trail, take a short connecting trail to the Pinhoti trail, and return to the parking lot. About 2.5 miles from the parking lot we will do a short detour to a scenic spot where we will stop to rest and have a snack. We will also see the remains of a plane that crashed in the area many years ago. 
Optional: After the hike we will drive to the summit of Mount Cheaha, which at 2407 ft. is the highest point in Alabama.

NOTES: We will meet at the trailhead at 10:30 am Eastern Time (Alabama is on Central Time).

This section of the Pinhoti is very rugged, with many rocks and boulders along the way and several steep ascents and descents, but is very scenic. It is really worth the effort, but you should not attempt it unless you are in good physical condition and have prior D4 hiking experience.

Here is some information about our hike:

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Good walking shoes, plenty of water, and trail snacks. A walking stick could be useful.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Cheaha trail head, Cheaha State Park. Drive east on I 20 to Alabama exit 191. Turn left (south) on US 431 for about 3.7 miles. Take a right onto County Road 131 towards AL 281, where it dead ends after about ½ mile. Turn left on AL 281 and continue 11.9 miles. You will see the parking straight ahead, at a point where the highway does a sharp turn to the right, 1/3 mile from the Cheaha resort and park offices.


If anybody wants to follow me to the trailhead we can meet at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center at 8:30 am.  We will meet on the aisle that is furthest away from the hotel.


  • I-85 South to Exit 91 (Clairmont Road).
  • Turn right onto Clairmont Road.
  • At second light, turn right onto Century Boulevard.
  • Take Century Blvd to stop sign, turn right into Marriott Hotel.
  • Parking lot on immediate left.

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Cost Includes:

To drive to the summit of Mt. Cheaha you will have to pay a small fee.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.