Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Alabama with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

An uphill trek begins from the North Trailhead. Once on the ridge, you'll be treated with gorgeous scenic views. Don't miss King's Chair, Eagle's Nest and other views from the ridge. Will definitely be back.

Plenty of water along the trail and the rock gardens along the trail are a real treat for any hiker. One of the best section hikes in the state.

Hiked this yesterday, but only to get to Cheaha Falls which is about 1.5 Miles from Turnip Seed Parking Area.Parking at Turnip seed cross the highway and follow the Silent Trail until it leads to the falls. Great swimming hole for the summer. Pretty area. It was late in the day and we were unsure how far the rest of the trails went or where they led to. I highly recommend picking up a nap from the store at the opening of Cheaha Map.

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.

Hiked this yesterday from the turnipseed trailhead. Great hike. Way more beautiful than I expected.

Only issue was that it was unclear which way the trail went once you got to cheaha falls. There are multiple paths in that area. Chinabee silent trail goes straight across the top of the falls to the other side.

6 days ago

Nice trail, mostly on the ridgetop...not nearly as much climbing as the elevation profile appears. The relatively small scale on that profile is very deceptive. One hiker, Michael W., in our group, recorded it as about 17 miles, not 18 miles as the sign at Bull Gap Trailhead states.

Rec center opens on april 1st so parking is alittle trouble, all I did was park on the trail on the right just before the you get to the lake. Lot of ponds. trails are marked by white markers. I suggest plenty of water and the alltrails.com app really helps too cuz you think your done at one point and theres plenty to go. have to go over hwy 2 separate times. didn't see anyone else on the trail. had my dogs and didn't even need to lease them lol but the park does ask that you keep them on a least due to wildlife and snakes.

Hiked an out and back from Blue Lake Landing on 3/10/18 for 31 miles total. The trail is still muddy in places from recent rains/flooding. Several stream crossings but only one had to be forded. The others had logs across or could be jumped. Blazes on the gravel road north of the Nelson Ditch shelters have been removed. The new trail follows the river north to Gravel Landing; however, the trail is extremely primitive at this point. Though yellow blazes mark the trail, there has been little clearing of the trail in parts that don’t utilize forest roads.

One of the best trails in South Alabama. Yes it is sort of remote to get to, that is its appeal. Well marked, there are several nice new shelters that would make it a nice overnight trip

Really enjoyed the trail, definitely get a map at a near gas station since the place is easy to get lost in, a compass would also be useful.

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.

Did this section from North to South (actually started at FS500 Trailhead and worked my way through Duggar Wilderness to Burns Trailhead and then continued on). The Choccolocco shelter is in the SE corner of the man made lake, which for some reason is not shown on the map. I stayed there for the night and then continued on the next morning.

While lacking in dramatic cliff overlooks this section of trail is actually quite pretty. The Pinhoti trail along this section offers a broad range of forrest and vegetation as well as a prolonged parallel to a beautiful stream.

There is little cell service at the Coleman Trailhead so probably best to prearrange point to point pickup.

For more details, including a mile to mile reference guide, then please did see: http://www.pinhotitrailalliance.org

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.

Great trail. Falls were a great site to see and hear. My fiancé and I hiked it with our dog. The Cheaha 50k happened to be racing through. It was fun cheering on the runners. Only mistake was that we wanted to start at Chinnabee Lake. It’s closed until March 1. Fun one though.

26 days ago

Backpacked in/out from 281 last weekend with my husband, 11-year-old daughter, and our dog. Great family hike -- not too rigorous with interesting geology, plant life, and water falls! The first section of the trail from 281 to Cheaha Falls is a bit busy with lots of folks just hiking in to the view the main falls, but traffic diminishes considerably after you cross the creek. We ended up with a sweet little camp spot down in the valley off the left-hand side of the trail in the area known as Devil's Den.

28 days 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.

Awesome trail blazed by the Alabama Hiking Trail Society. I went a week after a big rain and the river was still high and there were a few flooded areas. Prepare to get your shoes wet and muddy as you hike through a few swampy muddy areas and a couple springs with no bridges. Look out for snakes on this trail as well.

1 month ago

Did this trail today. It did my disappoint!

Started at north end and walked the entire length. The first few miles are within earshot of a major road and there is more of this intermittently throughout the trail. The diamond white blazes are not particularly frequent along the trail. It's enough to remind you now and then that you're still on the trail. This isn't a problem for most of the way as the trail is well trod and not difficult to find, except for a swampy portion a few miles from the south end where some trees are down, there is a lot of water, and it looks like some work is being done on the trail or surroundings. Another issue is a higher than average amount of trash at the northern trailhead and a few other spots along the trail. Otherwise most of the trail seems pleasant enough, albeit not terribly exciting. Overall not a bad trail, though could be better with maintenance, and even if in perfect shape it's the sort of trail to check out if you're spending time in the area anyway, not the kind of trail to go out of your way to hike.

I almost died

very easy coming from rt281 to the falls only 1 mile in and out

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

3 months ago

Nice trail with plenty of water and shade. Some spots not marked very well, a bit tough to follow at points.

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.

I give this trail 5 stars for fantastic views. Several good camping spots. Not many water sources.

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

I love the blue trail! I prefer to start off in the PVF parking lot — you still get elevation gains if you hike the entire trail but the ascents are more gradual than if you start from the north trailhead. My favorite loop is blue trail to yellow trail to green trail. I start and end at the south trailhead/Peavine Falls parking lot. Lots of beautiful vistas, around 2000 ft elevation gains, and it’s a 14.4 mile hike if you include a stop at Kong’s Chair. If you enjoy long hikes and have about 6 hours to spare, I highly recommend it!

The first 2 miles is following an old logging or forestry road to the canyon. Fairly uninspiring except for the old cemetery along the way. it is well kept with many hand carved stones from the 1800's. Once into the canyon, there is a creek crossing to intersect with 209. if the water is very low, one may be able to step stones across, otherwise, wading will be required here. Very scenic once in the canyon.

Be sure to note that the little leg back to 201 where 209 intersects with 206 is an unmarked creek crossing. there is currently (11/09/17) a smallish log spanning the creek. thin and very wobbly. Be very careful crossing!

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

Have done this trail many times with my family. Very pretty.

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