The Pinhoti Trail is a wonderful trail that meanders through Alabama and Georgia. The total length of this trail is 339 miles, and 172 of those miles are located in Alabama. The Pinhoti starts at Flagg Mountian, cuts through the Talladega National Forest, and ends in Northeast Georgia at the Benton MacKaye Trail. The Benton MacKaye Trail connects into the Appalachian Trail. This network of trails provides a trail corridor from Alabama to Maine. Cheaha has the distinct honor of housing a portion of the Pinhoti Trail. Whether you are looking for an extended backpacking trip, or a day hike, come out to the Pinhoti and explore the great outdoors!
Within the park, you can access the Pinhoti at the Cheaha Trail Head, which is just off of Hwy 281. There is also a connector trail for the Pinhoti at the Bald Rock Trail Head. The Bald Rock Trailhead is located just off the Bunker Loop within the park. For those planning a backpacking trip on the Pinhoti, there is a backpacking shelter (Blue Mountain Shelter) that is located just outside of the park boundary. Cheaha has several amenities that are beneficial for both hikers and backpackers including: lodging, showers, a restaurant, and a camp store. Pinhoti maps are sold in the CSP Country Store and in the Talladega National Forest Offices. We look forward to seeing you out on the trail! Click here for a map of the Cheaha Wilderness Trails.