Skyway Loop Trail is a 17.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lineville, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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If you are like me and only hike once or twice a year, this is a hard loop. I really enjoyed my hike and there were some really nice swimming holes if you a there in the summer. Also take water the drought has dried up everything between adams gap and turnipseed.
The water was not flowing due to lack of rain. We do plan to go back to see the falls. Skyway is overgrown in several areas.
Hiked the loop beginning at Adams Gap. A few portions of the Pinhoti and Skyway are overgrown and it felt like moving through a jungle, but overall these trails are well maintained.
If you're doing this loop counter clockwise, be advised the junction with the Skyway trail is easily missed. If you reach the Chinnabee Parking lot, you've gone too far. Back track and you'll see a sign for the Skyway trail that will lead you to where you cross the water. Additionally, the Skyway trail is poorly marked and there are two creek crossings where the trail can be hard to distinguish.
While the Skyway does have some great campsites, the Pinhoti and Chinnabee sections of this trip are the most scenic. Views from Odums Gap are highlights.
A friend and I parked at Turnipseed campground and hiked the Pinhoti trail then turned on to the Skyway trail and then finished up with the Chinnabee Silent trail to make for a big loop. This trail was the least strenuous of the three. It didnt have mountain views like the Pinhoti section or large waterfalls like the Chinnabee Silent section, but it did has beautiful, thick hardwood forests and very pretty streams with countless little waterfalls. There are a few streams crossings, two of which are somewhat large, but they are not too much to handle and got no deeper than our thighs. Overall the trail is not too difficult, although there are a few strenuous climbs. There are quite a few nice, developed campsites as well.
I backpacked this along with the Chinnabee and a section of the Pinhotti to make for a 17 mile loop. Although there weren't too many mountain views, the wealth of wildlife and creeks made up for it. This is a moderate 6.5 miler from Adam's Gap parking lot to the falls (about 1/2 mile from Lake Chinnabee. There are a lot of switch-backs and up and downers.
Pinhoti, Chinabee, & Skyway S Cheaha Wilderness Loop Trek Plan, 17-19 miles.
U can do it as 2 day hikes by leaving all camping gear in vehicle(s) half-way around at Turnipseed, which makes it tons easier sans backpacks.
A 19-mile LOOP HIKE in the southern Cheaha Wilderness area, combining the SKYWAY Tr with the CHINABEE Tr & a piece of the PINHOTI from Adam's Gap to Odum Point.
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Great trail, we uses it to break in the new Jeep because there is a road you can drive on but there is also a trail that is very nice but be careful on this trail.
DO NOT FOLLOW THESE DRIVING DIRECTIONS!!!! This is not directions to Adams Gap. But once you do find Adams Gap this this trail is great.