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Ran this for the first time yesterday, headed clockwise. The trails themselves weren't too strenuous, but are quite technical with various rocks and roots along a majority of this section. I wore minimalist shoes and made it through, but thicker soles are almost obligatory.

I downloaded the map after reading some reviews, but it wasn't really necessary. Cave creek was very easy to follow. The trail does disappear for a bit in a gnarly boulder garden where it meets up with Pinhoti, but there are blue blazes to find if you keep your head on a swivel.

Overall, very nice, technical trail with some decent climbs.

Challenging, but fun.

Only did the first half, but it sucked.
At first it showed promise but after a while the trail became less managed and the markers weren't very clear.
To be fair I haven't done the second half, so it may still be worth it.
But do not recommend

It has some very beautiful overlooks.
The only complaint is the trail needs to be a little more well managed

The trail has several overlooks that make this hike worth the effort. We went to McDill overlook and saw the plane wreckage along the way. We did have a couple of places along the trail that was not marked that well. When the trail went from being easily identified to crossing rocks it was rather difficult to follow. If it was marked closer at a couple of places I would have given it 5 but it is a great hike.

Great day hike for any age that can do 7 miles. great views, good camping options.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice views
Great paths
Marked well
Would do it again

hiking
1 month ago

Tackled this one with Venture Crew 749 because it was adjacent to our campsite. The views at the top are well worth the climb. We particularly liked the overlook near the top where we could look down at the lake far below.

backpacking
1 month ago

My 15 year old son and I completed this loop counter clockwise starting at Adams Gap this past weekend. The first mile or two is a very pleasant up/down hike. Miles 3-4 included a very steep climb and fairly comfortable ridge line hiking until we reached the silent trail. Steep descent for a mile with a gradual decent for second mile into camping area where we overnighted about 1/8 mile from improved campground at Turnipseed. 2nd day we hiked the remainder of silent trail to skyway trailhead. Skyway trail is a moderate to hard trail with steep ascents and descents all along the six mile trail. Awesome campsites from 1-1.3 miles from Adams gap parking area; we stayed at the first site we came to which was large enough for 4-6 tents. Our third day was an honest climb from the bottom of a valley to the top of the Adams gap parking area. 1.3 miles took us almost 90 minutes, gradual climb the entire way!!! All in all, an awesome loop that can easily be completed in 48 hours!

This trail is awesome you can go even further if you would like. We'll do this trail again and spend a night or two hiking it.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoy this trail. I have been on it a few times from childhood, first time on my own and just getting back into hiking after several years off - there are some tough spots, but most of that (if not all) is on the Pinhoti portion of the trail (which is also where the majority of the overlooks are), the Cave Creek portion is much less strenuous in my opinion.

For those who can’t find the crash site or McDill overlook, it is south of the southern curve of the Pinhoti where the Chinnabee and Cave Creek sign of “3” miles is. From there, about 1/4 mile or so. There are a couple of great overlooks.

I’ve read several comments of the trail not being well marked and people getting lost, and in some respects I have to agree. There are several spots where the tree paintings have faded completely or there are none for several hundred feet (that I saw). That said, the trail itself is well travelled this time of year so as long as you follow the well padded paths, you should probably be ok, but as mentioned by others, be sure to have a means to find your location (backup map and compass should always be with you). Also, though I mean no offense to anyone, you are trekking into the wilderness by yourself and you should be well aware of the risks doing so. Being underprepared is something that happens but can be avoided or at least minimized with prior research; being unprepared altogether is quite dangerous. Just because hundreds/thousands of others do it doesn’t make it “easy” or “safe.” Use common sense and be prepared as best you can.

Bring water, and more than you need. There is only one water source I saw, which is on the Cave Creek trail about a mile before/after the Pinhoti connection (depending on which way you are coming from).

Planning to go back.

hiking
2 months ago

I have to agree with the other reviews. It is a very steep trail but it is worth the effort when you get to the river it offers spectacular views. I loved this trail and would recommend it.

Great short hike. Trail was very well marked. Sweetwater Lake is a very beautiful, peaceful lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail last year. It's short but spectacular and the peacefulness down on the river is soothing.
The climb back up is a tough one. Take your time.
I spoke with a local and they told me that they used to have concerts down in the gorge. There is old concrete picnic tables, a foundation of an old concession stand and blocks. They said there was a cable lift that lowered the bands and equipment into the gorge. And the Band Alabama is from there, Randy owns a large spread on the mountain, they used to play there back in the day.

Great trail to ride bikes on. A lot of small rocks on climbs though. Next time I go I’m checking the weather, me and my friend got stuck on the mountain in a thunder and lightning storm with 10 miles to get back to the car. But away from personal error it’s a great trail

I hiked the Pinhoti from Cheaha Park to Chinnabee Silent Trail—about 7-8 miles. It’s a beautiful trail with great views, but some sections are under-maintained, making it very easy to lose the trail.

Before backpacking I camped (really just slept in my vehicle) in the primitive camping area at nearby Cheaha State Park. The park is atop Mt. Cheaha, offering camping, hiking, hotel rooms, cabins, chalets, and a restaurant, where I had a decent hot buffet breakfast.

I met friends at the Turnipseed Campground, just 10 minutes South on Hwy 128. That also looks like a great place to camp, and offers honor system payment and convenient location to the trail. We left a car there and drive another to the trailhead north, just past the park.

The highlight of this section of the Pinhoti is McDill Point, a picturesque stone outcropping offering stunning views of the forrested valley.

South of McDill Point the trail gets very faint in spots, sometimes disappearing in high grass, other times obscured by rock fields. Several times we had to search for the blue blazes it even backtrack a bit because of confusing paths leading in several directions. Be sure to keep your eyes open for the blue blazes marking the trail.

We camped in an open area at the intersection with the Chinabee Silent Trail, with a couple of stone fire rings, plenty of downed firewood, and a small stream at the south edge of the campsite.

Overall I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a challenging hike with spectacular views. It can be combined with the Chinnabee Silent Trail for a 2- or 3-day backpacking trip that is very scenic.

We had GPS to lead us to the address here for the trailhead. We found neither trailhead nor trail. Most disappointing.

loose rock on the way down, beautiful at the river even though itvwas low, hike back up is steel and hard

Lots of blow downs and thick vegetation. Besides that, its a pretty good trail. I went about 4 miles in then turned around.

The trail itself is a bit more strenuous than expected. The trail offers several overlooks that do offer some pretty amazing views however We never found this airplane wreck or waterfall some mentioned .while in summer when we went it was very hard to tell where the trail was in many stretches
The trail is marked(where it is marked at all) mostly by painted blue spots on trees that are very easy to miss resulting in getting lost.

The elevation loss/gain is very sporadic.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is quite wide and is basically a gravel road. Erosion has cut some pretty severe ditches into the trail and along some of the sides. It can be slippery in some places due to loose rocks and sand. The trail is steep. Very steep. But it is also quite short so it is easily achievable. I went with my wife, and 8 and 10 year old kids. They were more than capable of climbing it and they enjoyed the river at the bottom. The water is amazingly clear and lots of fish to see from the shore. We climbed on a lot or rocks and walked up stream for a bit. Great views of the canyon walls.

hiking
3 months ago

Very fun trail even at only 1.4 miles. The steep climb to the top will let you know what kind of shape you're in and the views are nice, I enjoy it every time I hike it.

Not sure how everyone classified this as a very good hike as there are no marked trails

I loved this trail. I downloaded an All Trails map since so many reviewers said they lost their way and had no issue. This trail has a lot of variety and is perfect part shade and part sun. Lots of boulders, pretty moss, lizards, butterflies and great views. There are a TON of places to camp, especially since you are on the Pinhoti for a lot of it. I did pull a tick off of me and my boyfriend while we were on it and also saw lots of Poison Oak so watch for that. McDill Point was worth it, recorded it with All Trails and clocked it at 7.6 miles. Was super quiet and hardly saw anyone, definitely recommend.

This was a great trail for young kids. Trail was well-marked and not a lot of up and down. It’s about a mile until you get to water, FYI for dogs, and the shelter is right when you get to creek. The shelter is adequate with a great fire pit & beautiful creek wrapping it. Nice place to hike to camp or hike to & hang out for the day. I’m not sure of park requirements for camping.

Relatively easy hike in general but was rough this summer. There’s some large trees down in the first mile of Nubbins that makes it nearly impassable in some sections but clears up if you keep on. I saw a lot of muscadine grapes near the trailhead and there were tons of small daisies in bloom. If you’re doing this in summer, wear long pants because there’s A LOT of ticks (my dog who is on medication carried home 56 in his fur 濫). Also be aware there’s some active predators in this area- many piles of scat full of fur and even found a partial boar skull.

Aside from that it’s pretty steady but not steep elevation gain. Pretty water falls and reliable streams. Some folks have mentioned to me the trail is hard to find nearer to its end but imo it’s pretty easy to stay on as there is good signage. Like somebody else mentioned I typically do Nubbins to Odum Scout to the Pinhoti as an in and out- I think it’s like 7 miles total? There’s a huge campsite at the Pinhoti Scout intersection that’s great for large groups.

on Cutchenmine Trail

mountain biking
4 months ago

This trail is not maintained at all.. There were 3 large trees that were across the trail before we even got to the second wooden bridge. This would be a great trail if there weren't so many trees blocking the trail. Also not much parking at all. There's only room for 3 or 4 vehicles at the trail head. We parked about an 1/8 mile down the road and rode to trail head.

Nice trail with several overlooks, plane wreckage, and rock formations. After reading some of the posts regarding lack of trail markings, I was fearful of being lost (we are new to hiking). So I bought a paper map, compass, and read many reviews and watched Youtube videos of the trail. In the end, all I needed was the AllTrails Pro app. The Pro app enables you to download maps so that you can view them offline. So, when you lose cell service, GPS allows you to see your location on the map as a blue dot in relation to the red trail outline.

We entered at the Cheaha trail head (a short way down the road from the general store at the top of the mountain). We decided to do the counter-clockwise route since I read that the Pinhoti portion of the loop is more strenuous. Not long into the hike we took a wrong turn (while still on the blue-blazed Pinhoti) and it ended at the road that leads down to the trail head (I looked on a map afterwards and it turns out that this is where the Pinhoti crosses the road and continues on north-east toward Georgia). So I consulted the AllTrails app and found our location (the blue dot that gives your current location) and just followed the trail back to the proper place and continued on. We got confused a couple of other times, but each time we consulted the app and got back on course. The Pinhoti side of the loop was especially narrow in some places with high grass crowding us on the trail, but the blue blazes kept us on track.

Because running the app (like running any other app) will cause the battery to drain as you hike, take a battery pack that will charge your phone when it gets low. Also, because there are so many rocks and roots on the trail, I recommend hiking shoes/boots. Our feet were sore afterwards even though we both wore Merrell Moab 2 shoes, which have soles made for this type of terrain. I guess if you are not doing the entire loop in one day, this may not be a problem.

Be sure to record your hike in the app so that at the end, after you stop recording, the app will provide distance traveled, calories burned (if you set your height and weight in your profile), elevation gain, and a red-line exact map of your route (including your detours). We walked exactly 9 miles (we walked out to the McDill overlook and to several others). I would do this hike again; I think a fall or winter hike would provide a cool, different perspective.

Very pretty hike with great views along the way! Drove all the way from Florida and back in the same day for this trail and it was worth it!

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