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Pinhoti Trail: Heflin Spur is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Heflin, Alabama that features a lake 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.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 961 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

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Jeff Nalley
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Hiking

I started at the trail head inside the park and hiked towards Heflin and back. The trail was blazed wide enough to support ATVs. You’ll hike through a few rolling hills until you come upon a Disc-Golf course on a lake (the approach to Heflin). Other than the short walk to the waterfall, the trail is probably used for short work outs as there isn’t much to see through the Heavily wooded area. Good work out. Enjoyed the hike.

Elizabeth Perkins
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Hiking

We had such a difficult time finding the waterfall! Once you reach the creek on the trail, start to look for red blazes off the main trial (which has white blazes). The hike from Calhuga Creek Park/Lake Point disc golf course was pretty difficult in my opinion because of the long, steep inclines. If you’re wanting an easier hike, start at the FS 500 parking area located near the Forest Service Shoal Creek District office at 45 AL-281, Heflin, AL 36264. The waterfall is pretty much equidistant to both locations, but it’s far easier to start from the FS 500 parking area and skip the trail beyond the waterfall. I hope this review is helpful to someone!

Lawrence Coon
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Hiking

Loved the poles and wide trail

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Airen Del Castillo
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Hiking

Beautiful small waterfall with a great hiking trail ;) Do not miss it in AL

Nova Biggs
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HikingRockyScramble

Great views. Lots of inclines/declines. A good workout.

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Carl Malcom
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Jeff Filice
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Hiking

Great hike! Wide trail. The waterfall was cool. We continued after the waterfall up the hill... Awesome hill! Got to the fork at the top and sat down on the ground and had a picnic right in the intersection.

Brigett B
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Hiking

Great trail! We went to the falls (white trail then yellow at the turn after you cross the creek). Not a bad hike for me and the kiddos. Even saw some wildlife-a turtle and snake.

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Jay Shaner
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Hiking

Great hike in and out. If your looking for a simpler hike, take a left after you cross the bridge. It will take you to the damn. If you take a right, be prepared for the uphill climb, once you get up top rest of the trail is not so bad. Again the uphill portion is pretty intense. Once you get to the lake, the pavilions offer a great spot to relax, before heading back.

Leslie Marshall
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Hiking

Nice trail. I only went to the waterfall and back (2.5mi round trip.) Follow the Spur marked by the white blazes until the trail forks. Waterfall trail now marked by YELLOW (vice red) blazes.

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Shane Smith
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Hiking

Great and fun hike. It’s a bit tough with the hills but a good challenge! The hike to the waterfall is a fun easy hike to do with kids, just be aware of the massive hill on the spur past the waterfall trail. It is quite steep! Cahulga Creek Park is a beautiful spot to picnic and relax. There are charging stations at both pavilions.

Meghan O'Dea
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HikingBlowdown

It's a nice hike for the most part. There were a couple of down trees at the time I went. Ended up following the wrong trail for a portion of the hike (my fault I wasn't paying attention to the blazes) but it luckily met back up with the right trail. I went on a weekday and literally never saw a single other person on trail, so if you're looking for solitude it may be a good hike. There is one absolute abomination of a hill going towards the lake. Thought that thing would never end dude.

Robert K.
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Hiking

Alright trail when we went. Did run across someone who said they were working on rerouting part of it or something, so some of this might not be relevant in the future. Was a bit steep in a few areas. Also had a could downed trees on the trail, likely from the recent storm. For the most part, the trail was fairly wide, though there were a couple areas that were a bit narrow and overgrown. The park that it ends at has bathrooms and pavilions with picnic tables, so it was a fairly nice place to stop and eat before turning around.

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Julie Hulsey
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Hiking

Definitely recommend the spur! Be sure to take the red blazed trail a very short ways to see the waterfall!

Alex Gracin
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Hiking

This trail is well worth the trip!! It has a beautiful waterfall if you follow the red blazes it isn’t far out of the way at all. The trail was very clean and well kept. It is very wide and looks as if it would be very kid friendly. Couple steep hills to climb but nothing major. The trail was very well marked with white blazes. I started on the Caluga Creek Park side and the only negative was there wasn’t a sign in the park to point you in the right direction. So if you go all the way across the dam from the parking lot then turn left you will see the blazes. This would make a perfect short day hike. OVERALL GREAT HIKE CANT WAIT TO BRING THE WHOLE FAM!!!

Trish Defrieze
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Hiking

Nice trail, definitely take the red trail to the waterfall . The hill after the first mile or so is a good work out and calf burner, but levels out as you go on to the watershed area. Trail was in good condition, with a few branches down. Never did see Bigfoot though.

Lura Blumenfeld
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Hiking

The hike starts pretty flat along the train tracks and we were wondering how it was rated "moderate". But then you cross the creek and come to a split in the trail, red or white blazes. We continued to follow the white blazes, that takes you up a +/-20% grade hill. At the end of the trail, you reach the lake and a disc golf course. There are picnic tables and a trashcan there which made for a great lunch spot. On our way back out, sad that we hadn't found a waterfall, we decided to check out the red blaze trail. That takes you maybe another 1/4 mile maximum to the water fall. Since none of this information was in any of the reviews as of our hike, I wanted to make sure others know what to expect... Its a well (atv) traveled trail so you shouldn't get lost. It has long stretches of steep hills but is relatively flat the rest of the time. Definitely take the red blaze trail to the waterfall. That was what pushed it to 4 stars for me.

Michael Burgoyne
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First to Review

Really nice hike, quiet and wide trail. Although it has been raining, Trail was still quite firm.

Lawrence Coon
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Debbie Cruzan
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Melissa Hill
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Melissa Hill
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Oney Shanley
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Jedd McConnell
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Jubal Tucker
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Jeremiah McLeroy
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Tim Morris
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Lynore Risher
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