SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – BACKPACKER.com Online Exclusive

Alabama's Talladega National Forest

A high point offering a year-round getaway for lovers of southern wildlife, lush forests, and redeye bass.

by: Scott Reaver

PAGE 1 2

Little Known Fact: The Creek and Cherokee tribes fought a war over the area that is now Talladega National Forest.

After spending the day exploring a section of Alabama's 102-mile Pinhoti National Recreation Trail, I understood why two Native American tribes shed blood over this beautiful land. Creek and Cherokee tribes supposedly fought a war over these mountains ~ the southernmost thrust of the Appalachian chain ~ to establish a territorial border between their two nations.

Located in the 217,000-acre Talladega National Forest between the southern metropolises of Birmingham and Atlanta, the Pinhoti (meaning "turkey home" in the Creek language) Trail stretches from Dugger Mountain on the north to the hospitable community of Friendship on the south. In between lies some of the most beautiful, least-trodden backpacking country in the Southeast.

White turkey tracks painted on trailside trees guide hikers through the entire Pinhoti system. Overall, the hills of the Talladega are more gently rolling than those of the rugged Blue Ridge chain to the north. The hiking is a little easier, but still challenging. The highest point on the trail is Cheaha Mountain, a mere 2,407 feet, located in Cheaha State Park. The mountain is also the geographic center of the Talladega Forest and the highest point in Alabama. But the lack of altitude doesn't mean this place is short on beauty.

The mountains are graced with several small creeks that twist and tumble through the valleys. Stream crossings are particularly common on the section of the Pinhoti north of Cheaha State Park.

The 8 to 10 miles of trail through the state park south into the Cheaha Wilderness Area offers a bird's-eye view of the mountains and is one the most popular sections of the Pinhoti. Off the Pinhoti, the Odum Scout Trail leads to beautiful, ever-flowing High Falls.


PAGE 1 2


Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):

Reader Rating: -

READERS COMMENTS

Star Star Star Star Star
www.nfljerseysalecheap.com
May 18, 2013

Cheap nfl jerseys wholesale, new nfl jersey sale, nfl jersey 2013,
<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/Nike-NFL-Jerseys-c124.html">cheap nfl jerseys sale</a>,<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/NFL-Jerseys-c68.html">nfl Jerseys wholesale</a>,
<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/Women-Nike-NFL-Jerseys-s652.html"> new nfl jersey cheap</a>,
<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/Kids-Nike-NFL-Jerseys-s653.html">nfl jersey 2013 sale</a>,
<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/NCAA-Jerseys-c114.html">cheap china jersey sale</a>,
<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/MLB-Jerseys-c94.html">mlb jersey sale</a>,
<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/NBA-Jerseys-c77.html">nba jersey cheap</a>,
<a href="http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com/NHL-Jerseys-c96.html">discount nhl jersey</a>,
http://www.nfljerseysalecheap.com we would offer you the best jerseys and best service with wholesale price. hope to do business with you.

AL Backpacker
Mar 13, 2009

To learn more about the Pinhoti Trail, visit: http://purebound.com/trails/pinhoti/

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
Group Size
Posted On: Apr 24, 2014
Submitted By: RebeccaD
The Political Arena
Am I missing something here?
Posted On: Apr 24, 2014
Submitted By: mtnsteve
Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions