There are a number of trails in the Coopers Gap/Chestnut Springs area that are appropriate for hiking as well as biking. Whaaa?! I wished I had made it a two day’er instead of a one day’er. Just go ahead and plan at least 2 hard hours for the next1.9 miles, kick back and relax. We left a car there and drive another to the trailhead north, just past the park. No camp side fire, no sing alongs, no dinner over a hot fire. From Adams Gap, the 6-mile Skyway Trail completes the loop. They shared two bottles of water ( we were out). )PARK FINISH HIKE VEHICLE FIRST.NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE15.5 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEADExit I-20 at US 431, east of Oxford, AL.Go south 3.4 miles to the second right turn past the overheadbridge at the top of the ridge. We chatted for a few minutes and we thanked them so very much. There are 4 switchbacks upahead.9.1 ~ CLAIRMONT SWITCHBACKS ~ UPHILL ~ 1420'The first turn is on the right. Not many water sources. The roadway was appx 4 ft under water.It remains closed to overnight campers to this day.NEXT RW ~ 11.7 miles This is the last reliable water source untilyou reach Cheaha State Park at mile 79.3.HISTORY ~ Along the way down to the creek, you will pass astanding chimney on the right, which was once part of a CivilianConservation Corps built Park Cabin. 12.02 miles, not 10.4. Happy Trails y’all! We camped in an open area at the intersection with the Chinabee Silent Trail, with a couple of stone fire rings, plenty of downed firewood, and a small stream at the south edge of the campsite. Youmay have to follow the stream bed downhill a little to find a pool.6.8 ~ ROCK GARDEN ~ 1410'With the proper attitude adjustment, crossing these 14 rock fieldsis fun! At one timethese old crossings were an important link between the farms andtowns. Love this app. Great trail! Joins the 184.5 mile C&O Canal Towpath to connect Pittsburgh with Washington, D.C. At this point, the hiking degree of difficulty goes to a 10. inhoti national recreation trail / pinhoti millennium legacy trail, a 337.1 mile southern region appalachian trail connector, the real appalachian trail -- justin brymer. Shakedown hike begins. She remembers when she was a little girl(tomboy :) in the 60's, the tower was carried off by helicopter.There are 360" very limited winter views here because of, yep,trees. Downed trees made the path difficult to find and navigate in several areas. Beautiful views, but not a lot of water. Be sure to bring plenty of water with electrolytes and a trail snack. On July 17th, 1935, Camp F7 was established at Chandler Springs by Company, 3478, a "junior" company of African American men between the, The Talladega Daily Home reported on July 19th that the CCC, enrollees would be working on reforestation projects on the, Talladega Unit.WILDFLOWER ~ Common Evening Primrose ~ Yellow ~ AugustHISTORY ~ This bridge was built in 1948 to replace the old one.You can still see the old bridge supports downstream. Once we defeated that climb...not hike, had to beat the storm coming in and getting camp set up. HIGHLY recommend this trail, I can't wait to go back! The PCT continues on, dropping down and passing Sheep Lake, then crossing Highway 410 at Chinook Pass, 2.4 miles from Sourdough Gap. Definitely challenging! This suggests the possibility of arranging a car shuffle and doing an interesting through-hike, beginning at Chinook Pass and ending at the Crystal Lakes trailhead… This was my first multi-day trek for which I named the post “No Pain No Gain“, reflective of efforts and rewards of backpacking. Adams Farm Trailhead is a 1,311 ft popular green mixed trail located near Walpole Massachusetts. The map said rough and challenging, this trail (Adams gap to Cheaha with full pack) lived up to the review. Stairway to Heaven was fun. Over the first 5-miles there are some incredible vistas over the lower land to the west. DUUUCK! The trail is not obviousand neither are the blazes.UPDATE 2004 ~ There are more silver metal diamonds in theswitchbacks now and it is much better.UPDATE 2006 ~ The metal diamonds have been replaced withblue blazes.13.8 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC, SW ~ 1380'Hmmm... you’ll need some really tough tent stakes!! There is a 50 mile loop that encircles the 3 Sister Peaks, however, I selected an approximate 35 mile route that starts from the Lava Lake Trailhead and cuts through between the Middle and South Sister peaks. Dogs are also able to use this trail. After 30 minutes, he musters up his last ounce of energy, gets his pack on, and we begin our descent. Trail Adams Area has 841 members. Boy, they were moving! At 2 miles into our hike we were back at the intersection with the Frog Hollow Trail. The trailgoes back in the woods on the left. Backaround the middle of the last century, FS 600, both north andsouth of AL 77, was a popular travel destination for the locals.The Bunker Tower at Cheaha and the Fire Towers on HornMountain and Burgess Point were always packed with picnickersafter church on Sundays according to my Aunt Patty. No description for Adams Farm Trailhead trail has been added yet! Sourdough Gap is a small saddle in a rocky-edged ridge. Right when we were getting our last couple of stakes in it started raining and didn’t stop until 4am. and has been closed. In that spirit, here are some suggestions for less-travelled but favorite trails from DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. I did take notice that from the top of the mountain I could see for miles and I could see three towns in the distance all lit up. These trails made up the circuit hike that I embarked on in mid-August. Ironically, I lost 10 lbs on both endeavors. There is no water sources on this part of the trail. The signed Pinhoti Trail starts heading uphill about 20 feet from the road intersection. The middle section of this trail needs maintenance- clearly most people do the southern portion to the Chinnabee trail and the northern portion to the cave creek connector trail but not so much in between. Not good! During winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas along trails and reveals stone walls, foundations, and other reminders of past residents. All ofthe trails at Lake Chinnabee remain open to the public.FACEBOOK POST BY BRIAN ANDREWS ~ Clay CountyRescue Squad ~ I'm pretty sure it was 18 May 2013. South of McDill Point the trail gets very faint in spots, sometimes disappearing in high grass, other times obscured by rock fields. I met friends at the Turnipseed Campground, just 10 minutes South on Hwy 128. Tired, barely moving, we hear voices behind us. Length 10.4 miElevation gain 1952 ftRoute type Point to point So, we pitched a tent on the flattest area we could find which was full of roughage, rocks, and trees (sorry, no pics of camp) on about a 30 degree incline. With so many trails, there is plenty of room to spread out. Also, the Pinhoti includes several mountain ascents where the trail rises abruptly, rather than following a gentle grade on switchbacks. Yes, there is a fire ring here and a few flat spots,but you better have some really tough tent stakes with you!11.3 ~ BURGESS POINT VIEW ~ 1600'Here is a good winter view of the south side of the point.11.4 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ 1580'The trail goes left 10 yards on the road and then back in thewoods on the right.12.1 ~ BURGESS POINT ~ FIRE TOWER (missing) ~ LC ~ 1870'This is the highest peak in Section 5. Pinhoti Trail: Adam's Gap to Cheaha State Park is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lineville, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers. I also mowed the 0.3 mile of trail north of the TH. The first half is very rugged andyou really need to have your lightning reflexes dialed in. Plenty of water along the trail and the rock gardens along the trail are a real treat for any hiker. Haha. My favorite trail, the Susquehanna River (a water trail! As soon as you cross over,there is an old road bed on the right that goes downhill 100 yardsto some thick pine straw covered flat spots. Lots of great camping sites with fire rings. It can be combined with the Chinnabee Silent Trail for a 2- or 3-day backpacking trip that is very scenic. 10 am start at Adam's Gap, 3.45 pm finish at Cheaha Trailhead. mowed and/or loppered 11 road crossings, US77, Skyline Drive, Clairmont Gap, Burgess Point South and North(FS600-2), Adams Gap, I20 south, AL 281(2 crossings south of US78), FS500/RR TH, and 1st FS500 crossing n. of the TH. This is from Adam's Gap trailhead to Cheaha SP trailhead. Amazing trail! great trail lots of rocks around mile 4. great first one or two night trail. When you leave Adams Gap and travel north toward Cheaha, the going gets tough as you make a steep ascent up boulders on the Stairway to Heaven. You will need to have two cars (one at either end of the hike) or make arrangements to have someone give you a ride back to your starting point. We were still in the boulders about 50 very long feet from the top. Spectacular 150-mile rail-trail, bike tour. Several good camping spots. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the blue blazes marking the trail. One of my friends said the last climb broke her heart. It is a pretty tough 0.4 mile trek up to theold fire tower site.LC ~ At the tower site, there is a fire ring inside the 4 concretecorner blocks where the tower was and some level grassy tentspots nearby.HISTORY ~ Connie Roberson, who is a state employee(now retired) at Cheaha State Park and old friend, grew up in thecommunity of Erin (ear-in), which is at the eastern base ofBurgess Point. turkey track-- 2005.-- 2006.-- 2007.-- 2008.-- 2009.-- 2010.-- 2011.-- 2012.-- 2013.-- 2014.-- 2015.~~~~~~~~~hiking. Turn right.Go 1.2 miles to the Trailhead parking area, on right.trail town.TALLADEGA18.0 ~ PORTERS GAP TRAILHEADCS ~ Go west on AL 77 for 4.6 miles to a small store.CS ~ Go east 0.5 and 2.3 miles to stores.TT ~ Go west on AL 77 for 8.9 miles. Turn left. On the north side there is a 150' L shaped piled rockwall that was possibly another deck or a trail or road border. It’s a beautiful trail with great views, but some sections are under-maintained, making it very easy to lose the trail. I found it! 19 campers were floodedout, rescued, and taken to Cheaha State Park restaurant to warm,wait, and make calls. He eats a little, while I breakdown everything, throw my 30lb pack on and see if I can find the trail. Oh, and we did make it to the top of the mountain Yay! The park is atop Mt. And part of the hike does contain the 'stairway to heaven'. In the end, it is was extremely difficult but rewarding at the same time with spectacular views and scenery. Cheaha, whichat the time was the main south entrance road to the state park.3.6 ~ FS 600 TURNOFF ~ 870'This is where the trail goes back in the woods on the left, 0.2 milesafter the bridge. Wow! Really bad place for acampfire.WILDFLOWER ~ Aster ~ Purple ~ October5.1 ~ SWITCHBACKS ~ DOWNHILL ~ 1200'5.2 ~ CAMPSITE / SPRING CROSSING ~ SC, SWPROPOSED AHTS SHELTER6.1 ~ ROCKY TOP 2 ~ 1450'There is a rocky overlook on the right with a good view of thevalley.HISTORY ~ The trains still run through this section, which isbetween Talladega and Lineville. In many places like here and the covered bridge crossingat Waldo, just a few miles downstream, there were largecampgrounds for people walking with mules or in wagons whocould not make the trip to the markets in Talladega in one day.This was a 3-day, 36-mile round trip from Ashland. The total hike came in at just a tad under 3 miles. The road is narrow, rutted, and crowded in the last few miles before the trailhead, but passable by a crossover-SUV-type vehicle traveling carefully. The CCC had aworkers-camp near here and did a lot of rock work within a, 10-mile radius of Cheaha State Park from 1933 until the park, opened in 1939.15.5 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEAD ~ AL 281 ~ 1457'The trail comes out at the trailhead parking area on AL 281.NORTHERN TERMINUS / FINISH HIKE. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. Since this was just a shakedown hike I only did a small part and stayed just one night. Trig and Alice were very hikerfriendly!Alice Springs Campground600 Skyline DriveChandler Springs, AL256-362-2592, The creation of the Civillian Conservation Corps was critical. WQED filmed I hate young people! Not the best pick for a beginner! It was a challenging hike for me being newer to backpacking, but was well worth the effort. The little white housebeside the pond was the Station Master's home. The summit is up on your left.12.2 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ 1750'The trail goes right 10 yards on the road and then back in thewoods on the left.WILDFLOWER ~ Huckleberry ~ White / April ~ Fruit / May13.4 ~ PATTERSON SWITCHBACKS ~ DOWNHILL ~ 1550'There are several good winter views of Cheaha Mountain to thenorth, 13.6 trail miles away. The trail scrambles to the right and reaches Adams Falls- a 30 ft plunge in a deep pool. SOUTHERN TERMINUS / START HIKEPARK START HIKE VEHICLE0.0 ~ PORTER’S GAP TRAILHEADFrom the Adams Gap Trailhead parking area, go across AL 281 tothe small downhill paved road.Go 1.5 miles to the first paved road on the right, Blue Ridge Road.Turn right.Go 1.2 miles to the stop sign at CR 12. Trails would support non-mechanized uses. 3 weeks to the AT!! I give this trail 5 stars for fantastic views. Overgrown but great long day. Hiker services are all inthe town area.trail guide.SOUTHERN TERMINUS ~ START HIKECONTINUE SOUTH TALLADEGA HIGHLANDSBEGIN TALLADEGA MOUNTAIN0.0 ~ PORTERS GAP TRAILHEAD ~ AL 77 ~ 977' ~ CS, TTThe Pinhoti begins at the back of the parking area, to the right.Look for the blue blaze painted on a tree.NEXT RW ~ 3.4 miles.WILDFLOWER ~ Blazing Star ~ Purple ~ OctoberWILDFLOWER ~ Candy Root ~ Yellow ~ MayHISTORY 2008 ~ A new trailhead parking area was completedat Porter's Gap by the USFS and the Alabama Department ofTransportation. Ok, y’all do that. Call the Cosstguard! Pretty wildflowers right now (and lots of bees). Adams Gap Trailhead is a trailhead in Talladega National Forest, Piedmont, Appalachian Mountains, AL. Tested myself physically and mentally., it was a great workout. ~Copyright @ Pinhoti Trail Alliance. It was definitely tough and rough going. Before backpacking I camped (really just slept in my vehicle) in the primitive camping area at nearby Cheaha State Park. The old Steam Locomotives would stop here to fill up withwater from the pond beside the tracks. Lol! On average it takes 1 minutes to complete this trail. The owners provided campsites and firewood for $5per night at the old CCC Campground and Day or overnightparking for a $2 donation. To reach the trailhead from the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, drive 13 miles south along Newfound Gap Road to the Newfound Gap parking area. We waived them on. Overall I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a challenging hike with spectacular views. I scrambled to the top of the cliffs with a great view and walked along the rim of the chasm- far below was another 30 ft falls, then a 10 ft falls and a 30 foot chute. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains begins from the Newfound Gap parking area. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. You would also see an old whistle stopcommunity called Weathers (Station), 1/2 mile to the west onCR 12. Hiking in the mountains sounds wonderful and romantic doesn’t it? There are several fire rings and water source at that site. We were so tired we could barely change out of our clothes and into our base layers. Day Two: Call 911! the views were amazing. It’s 5 hikers who were about a half mile ahead of us they day before and were no headed back too. They were young and they soon left us behind because they had 24 miles to cover that day. Winding through stands of hardwood, the trail passes near the remains of a small community abandoned in the early 1930s when rural life succumbed to the Depression. That also looks like a great place to camp, and offers honor system payment and convenient location to the trail. Up to the Bluff was very steep and difficult, and trail makings were hard to find near the top. One of the best section hikes in the state. Dogs are also able to use this trail. hike info.TRAILHEADSS ~ 0.0 ~ PORTER’S GAP TRAILHEADN ~ 15.5 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEADGUTHOOKS ~ 58.1 ~ PORTER’S GAP TRAILHEADN ~ 73.8 ~ ADAMS GAP TRAILHEADELEVATION ~ L 843’ ~ H 1870’WOODS TRAIL ~ 0.0 ~ 15.5ROAD WALK ~ 0.0LANDMARK ~ BURGESS TOWERLOCAL TOWN ~ TALLADEGA / ASHLANDhike services.CS ~ CONVEINENCE STORE ~ 0.0TT ~ TRAIL TOWN ~ 0.0PO ~ POST OFFICE ~ 0.0SC ~ SMALL CAMP ~ 4.1, 5,2, 13.8LC ~ LARGE CAMP ~ 3.4, 4.9, 9.7, 12.1, 13.9, 15.3TS ~ TRAIL SHELTER ~ PROPOSED 5.2, 13.9SW ~ SEASONAL WATER ~ 5.2, 6.6, 13.8, 13.9, 14.3, 14.4, 15.3RW ~ RELIABLE WATER ~ 3.4, 15.3driving directions.USE ODOMETER OR TRIP METER (NO REALLY! Side note: I read Terri Graham's review, she was right on, believe it. He hasn’t eaten and can’t take his insulin. trail flowers - fall-- blue.-- orange.-- pink.-- purple.-- red.-- white.-- yellow.-- critters.-- misc. The Great American Rail Trail route uses the existing GAPtrail. All that's left are a few crumbling chimneys-the flat spots nearby are great for tent-pitching. Keep a close eye on the blazes forthe third turn, which is on the right. I was expecting more trouble seeing which way to go. 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.buffalo.building section 4.bull - bulls gap.cave spring, ga.cellphone service.dehydration.dr, tom mcgehee.edward abbey.forever wild.future section 14.hancock trg.hiking the pinhoti.horn mountain tower. The new parking area was built because there-routing of AL 77 took the highway through the old parkingarea.1.3 ~ CHANDLER GAP ~ 1100’You will cross the old Gap Road here (it just looks like a gulleynow). Groceries, clean motel,laundry, food, laundry. It was a wonderful 40 degrees out and quit gusty. Porter’s Gap Trailhead to Adam’s Gap Trailhead | Trail length: 15.5 miles | Latitude: 33.33343 | Longitude: -86.02571 | Nearest Cities: Talladega Go 17.9 miles to the end of the pavement. From trailhead parking lot, cross the street and look for the dirt trail to the left of Adams Gap Road. Go south on US 231 for 6.0 miles to the Trailhead at the From Porters gap the trail heads north along the ridge … Remember, don’t let nothing but fear stop you. There is a good sign post here.3.7 ~ SWITCHBACKS ~ UPHILL ~ 910'4.1 ~ CAMPSITE ~ SC ~ 1130'There is a good level spot on the right with no fire ring.4.9 ~ FS 600 CROSSING ~ LC ~ 1410'The trail goes straight across the road. No where was level. If you were tocontinue west on the tracks 2 or 3 miles you would come to whereyou were 90 minutes ago ~ the 3.4 ~Talladega Creek BridgeCrossing. We crossed the wooden bridge and followed the Musser Gap Trail back to the trailhead. I mean constant rocks, which reduces you trail speed to around 1 mile per hour. The six streams we crossed the day before had doubled from all the rain the night before. On the south side of the peak there is a 50' piled (asopposed to stacked) rock wall that may have been an observationdeck and also some flat concrete "things" (cistern, spring house,out house?). The trail from Adams Gap Trail-head to the base of stairway to Heaven, was of course, no problem. Pinhoti Trail: Porters Gap to Adams Gap is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Talladega, Alabama that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. Switchbacks ~ uphill ~ 1420'The first turn is on the blazes forthe turn! 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