Skyway Loop Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
17.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3149 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

hiking
12 days ago

Counter clockwise is a good way to go. That puts the big climb up the mountain first. Lots of nice views up there. The trouble with the rest of the trail is the creek crossings and the lack of signage. Yup, it's a wilderness. But it seems like every time you reach a creek the trail dissolves on both sides of the water. Almost none of the creek crossings are obvious or directly where the trail meets the water and then picking up the trail on the other side becomes a chore.

backpacking
2 months ago

We did this loop counter clockwise on Thanksgiving weekend and it was definitely a challenge. There is a lot of ups and downs and a ton of rocks from mile 2 all the way through mile 5. It was a great view at the top of the first mountain, but it just about killed me to get there. We had 5 guys that were probably overpacked for a 3 day hike. The reviews we read about this loop never stated anything about how bad the rocks were. As stated below, the blazes could be better. All in all it was a great trip, just wish I was better prepared and in better shape!

hiking
2 months ago

Not a mountain biking trail. Great hike... be prepared full loop is quite the hike!

3 months ago

Second time we tried to reach the so called Skyway loop trail and directions don´t end up taking you there, on top of it it is not a Mountain bike trail as claimed on the app,

3 months ago

Hiked 12.5 mile of trail (out/back) - very nice and adequately blazed - ran into no others - easy creek crossing - great Hike. Look forward to doing the full loop in near future!

hiking
5 months ago

my favorite, i go to skyway at least three times per year. walked out on an overnight almost two years ago with wife and apparently on day 2 of a controlled burn. knew immediately i should have checked site the day before. great trail. we go in the middle of the week and in four years ive seen less than ten people during hikes. i like the location

backpacking
7 months ago

Myself and 3 friends completed this trail counter clockwise over a 7 day period, July 1st-7th. This was my first time backpacking in Alabama and it was a great experience. The trail was marked well, and maintained with the exception of a few spots on the Pinhoti trail. I imagine it's better in spring and fall when trials see more activity. Surprisingly the weather was nice for it being early July. We didn't see many folks outside of July 4th.

As mentioned several times over, the Pinhoti trail has incredible views. Go check them out!

backpacking
7 months ago

Did a 3 day trip with 5 guys the weekend before July 4th. We intended to complete the full 17.7 mile Skyway Loop. We started at Turnipseed and worked clockwise through Pinhoti, Adams Gap, Skyway Trail, back to Chinabee Silent Trail - overall great trip. We did about 8/9 miles on day one to get a jump start on the weekend, then about 4 miles on each of our last days to make it an easy going way out.

Great scenery and some really nice views once we hit Pinhoti. Devils Den was really nice - moderately filled with people coming in and out just to jump in the water. A few had ice chests, but overall not many backpackers. We setup our hammocks alongside the creek about 1/4 mile shy of Devils Den which made for a peaceful evening. On the final day out we did lose the Trail about a mile or so before we got back to the truck... some kind of way we hit the shelter twice toward the end? That aside, the trail, for the most part, was marked well throughout, with the exception to the Chinabee Silent Trail where we started (Rock Garden Area) near Turnipseed. But, certainly nothing overbearing.

Overall great trip!

backpacking
8 months ago

Started out from Adams Gap headed counter-clockwise on Saturday around noon. We hiked around 8 miles on Saturday and Sunday and finished the hike early Monday.

There are several pools around Cheha Falls for swimming. Devil's Den was pretty crowded and there was a good amount of trash (mainly beer cans...). The Skyway trail could be marked better. The connection to the trail was tough to find and we completely lost the trail around the Hubbard Creek crossing. Nice hike though, moderately difficult in certain areas.

backpacking
9 months ago

Hiked the Pin-Chin-Sky loop with a friend, started out on the Pinhoti from the Adams Gap TH - too late on a rainy Friday afternoon - and just made it to the base of the Stairway in the dark, in the rain. Glad we had fresh legs the next morning (first trip of the season) for the Stairway! Beautiful trails, especially the last portion of Chinnabee that parallels the creek. Overnighted near Devil's Den and finished with Skyway on the next day. Overall a very good hike, some scrambling, and yes we missed the sign for the Chin-Sky connection and turned around at Lake Chinnabee, LOL! I get it with "no blazes in the wilderness", but there were places on the Pinhoti that really should be marked better, i.e, especially in the rock gardens.

backpacking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We did the Loop starting at Adams Gap to Chinabee Silent camping at the Creek below the shelter for the night. Hiked from the creek on Silent Chinabee to Pinhoti, back to Adams Gap. Steep hike up the mountain. Great scenery.

backpacking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, January 01, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, July 20, 2015

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.

hiking
Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

(COPY& PASTE LINK below into the URL web address line of your browser)

https://www.facebook.com/NALOutdoorsRecreation/photos/a.228444860571531.54372.166636590085692/836244816458196/?type=1

off road driving
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 19, 2012

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.

hiking
15 days ago

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