Guidebook

Hike the Turkey Track: The Pinhoti Trail

The Pinhoti Trail is one of the Southeast's best-kept hiking secrets.

Description

The word “pinhoti” "derives from the Creek Indian word meaning ‘turkey home,'” according to HikeAlabama.org. The word has been adopted as the name for a long distance hiking trail through Georgia and Alabama, and the turkey’s footprint serves as the trail’s blaze.

The Pinhoti trail measures 335 miles long and runs from Flagg Mountain in Alabama on its southern end to a junction with the Benton MacKaye trail in North Georgia. While eventually the plan is to provide a continuous singletrack trail, there is still some road walking required to connect the entire Pinhoti. In this guidebook, we display all the singletrack portions of the trail. How you navigate between them is entirely up to you, although there are generally agreed upon road walking segments.

The singletrack portions of the trail run through some of the wildest country in Alabama and Georgia. The terrain is hilly and steep, the woods deep and lush. The section of the trail in the Talladega National Forest is especially wild, running through dark forests in a designated Wilderness area. This section has also been designated as a national scenic trail.

Pinhoti: Trammel Trailhead to Porter's Gap
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Pinhoti: Trammel Trailhead to Porter's Gap

1 day +
44.4 km
1,317 m
1,310 m
Two long ridgetop traverses on one of the southernmost segments of the Pinhoti.
Moderate
Private
Pinhoti Trail: Porter's Gap to Cheaha State Park
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Pinhoti Trail: Porter's Gap to Cheaha State Park

1 day +
39.3 km
1,598 m
1,281 m
A deceptively-challenging segment of the Pinhoti ending at Alabama's high point.
Difficult
Private
Pinhoti Trail: Cheaha State Park to FS-500
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Pinhoti Trail: Cheaha State Park to FS-500

1 day +
40.4 km
1,245 m
1,573 m
A beautiful segment of the Pinhoti showcasing Alabama's diverse terrain.
Difficult
Private
Pinhoti Trail: FS-500 to Burns Trailhead
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Pinhoti Trail: FS-500 to Burns Trailhead

1 day +
46.5 km
1,095 m
1,102 m
A relentless segment of the Pinhoti perfect for an overnight trip.
Difficult
Private
Pinhoti Trail: Burns Trailhead to High Point Trailhead, AL
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Pinhoti Trail: Burns Trailhead to High Point Trailhead, AL

1 day +
38.7 km
1,467 m
1,502 m
The Pinhoti as it traverses the Dugger Mountain Wilderness.
Difficult
Private
Pinhoti Trail: High Point Trailhead, GA to East Armuchee Road
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Pinhoti Trail: High Point Trailhead, GA to East Armuchee Road

1 day +
43.1 km
1,279 m
1,249 m
A easier, yet remote, segment of the Pinhoti, with plenty of access points.
Moderate
Private
Pinhoti Trail: East Armuchee Road to Snake Creek Gap
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Pinhoti Trail: East Armuchee Road to Snake Creek Gap

5 - 6 hrs
24.9 km
866 m
778 m
A segment of the Pinhoti known for the overlook atop Johns Mountain and the visit to Keown Falls.
Difficult
Private
Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap to Dug Gap
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Pinhoti Trail: Snake Creek Gap to Dug Gap

5 - 6 hrs
25.2 km
792 m
687 m
A series of rocky ridge traverses with excellent views—perfect for day hiking.
Difficult
Private
Pinhoti Trail: Dennis Mill Road to Mulberry Gap
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Pinhoti Trail: Dennis Mill Road to Mulberry Gap

Ellijay
6 - 7 hrs
29.3 km
1,186 m
940 m
The Pinhoti Trail as it enters the Cohutta Mountains.
Difficult
Private
Pinhoti Trail: Mulberry Gap to Benton MacKaye Trail
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Pinhoti Trail: Mulberry Gap to Benton MacKaye Trail

Ellijay
6 - 7 hrs
29.3 km
1,230 m
965 m
The northernmost segment of the Pinhoti, terminating at the Benton MacKaye Trail.
Difficult
Private