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Great place for a short backpacking trips. We were able to carry one liter of water each without running low due to the stream that the trail follows.

We camped at Sweetwater Lake which has no showers, toilets or other fancy things and we loved it! We parked our cars right by the lake and set our tents right by the lake. We hiked the trail there and back which was pretty tough just because of the overall distance but there are no challenging areas though. My dog loved it!

Great unique trail. Has rocks thru out and challenging in spots.

Nice hike. Challenging but very doable incline at start of hike. Decent views. Trail marked well but overgrown in spots. Hiked in 3 miles and turned around since it’s a point to point hike.

Beautiful views. However not buy one campsite on this trail until you get to Adams's gap. At about mile 6 there are tock fields you must go through and it seems they never stop. I would advise not to wear trail runners. Gaiters such as dirty girl is also advisable during to briars about ankle high in many parts. Good water sources up to the rock fields after that I saw no water. I carried my pack (22lbs) anticipating on making it a 2 day hike but due to lack of campsites I hiked all the way through.

Getting to this trail was like entering a scene from Deliverance. However tinge started the trail was very pretty as the start winds around a small stream. To me it was not worth hiking past where you stray away from the stream.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this, from Porter's Gap to Adam's Gap on 2/17/18. The first approximate 5 miles are excellent, mostly ascending gently along a ridgetop, often times with a great view, simultaneously leftwards and right. The trail footing is excellent for about 5 miles and is even runnable. The remainder of the hike is nice, but the footing isn't as fast. The climbing was easier than I anticipated, with only a few extreme, steep sections.

Lots of mosquitos but such awesome rock formations and views :)

Great Hike...I also hiked on and crossed Oakey Mtn. Solo 3/2. Both Dugger and Oakey are good tests. Not for everyone. I tent camped. However both Dugger and Oakey shelters are nice and located at a water source. Trail was in good shape. Easy to follow (even in the snow). There were blowdowns but not too many. It snowed hard during my hike so I would expect to see more trees down. This hike is a great example of hidden treasures to be found in the Great State of Alabama. I will definitely do this hike again. Fabulous views. I saw one person in 3 days who, by the way, was hiking all the way to Flagg Mtn.

Hard! Lots of blowdowns! Lots of solitude, seen no-one today.

Very easy with my 81 year old mother. Helping her stay active

Trail in horrible shape.. Trail hard to find in places.... But decent challenge

Well marked trails, beautiful scenery....next time I’ll give myself a few more hours to explore.

Hiked this trail in late summer so it was pretty grown up with a lot of large fire ants. The view was grown up for most of the hike but there was one beautiful over look! The map is off and takes you on an old logging road at one point. This is not a loop trail but an out and back. Overall the trail is lightly travelled and peaceful! It is challenging enough with plenty of flat stretches and nice breezes!

What a beautiful place and awesome mountain views!

hiking
7 months ago

Great walk with my 8 year old. Well maintained path and a pleasant walk.

Parked at Adam's Gap and hiked about 5.5 miles out on the Pinhoti. Trail was fine until we crossed Talladega Scenic Highway. From that crossing to the County Rd 600-2 crossing (south side of Burgess Point) the trail was so poorly marked and overgrown that we got lost 2-3 times. On the way back we skipped that section entirely and walked along the road instead. The only water sources were a couple tiny streams about 2 miles out from Adam's Gap.

hiking
8 months ago

I hiked the entire length of the Odum Scout trail on Thursday, September 21, 2017. As Chip J. said, it is in terrible condition. We began at High Falls and ended at Turnipseed, picking up Chinnabee Silent trail at the end of Odum Scout trail. Since I've been on this trail a dozen times or more, in passable conditions, I was able to make it through the six feet tall vegetation that has grown up and reclaimed portions of the trail on the ridge tops along Cedar Mountain and Caney Head. I then decided to adopt the trail to clear it until it's passable. I am a volunteer for Wild South and our first work on Odum Scout trail began today. We brushed about 3/4 mile beginning at the High Falls trailhead. We did not get to the heavily overgrown parts but we will on the next one for sure. I will be conducting a work day on Odum Scout trail on the last or second to last Saturday of every month until it is finished. If you are interested in joining us on a work day, looks us up at www.wildsouth.org My name is Kim Waites. Thanks!

Great trail for half day adventure .

8 months ago

As of today, 9/7/2017, from the Odum Scout intersection with Nubbin Creek Trail, the Odum Scout Trail is in terrible condition. I've hiked this Trail for about 40 years and today, it was in its worst condition- downed trees and overgrown. I aborted my plans to follow it all the way to High Falls. I had started my hike at Cheaha Trailhead.
About January 2016, the Odum Scout Trail was in much better condition as I followed it all the way to High Falls.
I don't abort often, but did so today. I may try again in January or February.
****edit note:
my next hike on Odum Scout Trail, 3/2018, was a much better experience...clear trail, from end to end!

Beautiful falls! Maintenance is needed on the stairs and several downed trees could be cut off the trail to make it better. The trail could be marked better as well. I however really enjoyed myself none the less. I'd definitely visit again.

Worst unmarked hike I have ever been on. The scenery was pathetic and because it was unmarked and over grown I see it as a very dangerous mess. I hated this trail.
There wasn't anything beautiful except the falls the very first 1/2 mile. I do not recommend.

This was the worst trail we have ever endured ever, ever, ever. OMG. Get a chain saw and clean this mess up. Even then there are no views. Nothing. The waterfalls the first .50 miles in was it. Do not go past them. Nothing but regret and sliced up legs. No less than 60 down trees etc. ugh!!!!!

camping
10 months ago

Awesome trail! Went about 2.5 miles down the right hand trail from the trail head before heading back and camping at the first sight by the trail sign and the huge rock face.

Great hike. Well marked, lost trail twice but easily regained. I recommend using the Forest Service map. Come prepared with hiking boots and two Nalgene bottles of water. There is a LOT of rock on this trail and you can easily turn an ankle or worse without ankle supporting boots. I did this in one day, but would do again in two. Many good campsites after Adam's Gap on the way to the state park. Stay on Pinhoti Trail until Hwy 281 as the trail head is further down from the park. You will have to hike left up 281 either way to reach the Cheaha State Park.

I grew up in Chandler Springs near this trail and have hiked it many times. It is not blazed as well as it should be, but the trail is easy to follow. The best time to hike it in my opinion is the fall when the leaves change. The views at the top of the gap are awesome and worth the tough climb.

backpacking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Awesome waterfalls as you start and nice camp spots with great views later along the trail.

Great hike. Lots to see along this trail. The church & cemetery were a fantastic surprise. Saw baby rabbit, many lizards, butterflies, one small snake, many birds. Ticks were really bad at Laurel Shelter. Don't get the lyme. Not all waterways were bridged but our feet managed to stay 90% dry. Use of prescribed fire for wildlife management in this area is frequent and makes for a diverse experience. This is a Wildlife Management Area so be aware of hunting seasons.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

I just happened to stumble across HighFalls while heading to Cheaha, and I am so glad I did. I enjoyed a bit of rock climbing before making my way to the falls, each climb took me to an even more beautiful view. I climbed across a fallen tree that stretched out in front of one of the falls and jumped right in. I didn't do the entire loop though. I just hiked to the highest falls and then turned around to come back the same way. This ended up being my favorite stop on my trip through Talladega National Forest. I would definitely wait on this one until after significant rain though. It's my understanding that the experience can differ significantly depending on the flow of the waterfalls.

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