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