This hike was difficult, both to find and hike. I basically drove around Flagg Mountain looking for the trail head. I found it after several miles down the worst dirt roads I’ve seen for some time. I’m not sure which bridge I trusted more, the “new” bridge in front of me or the “old” bridge to the left. The old bridge was basically an old WWII temporary bridge.
The trail itself was roughly 5 miles and 118 flights. Every time I start feeling that my conditioning has improved, a hike like this comes along. The 118 flight were very difficult in the Alabama heat.
This trail is the Southernmost point of the Pinhoti Trail. The Pinhoti continues to the Appalachian Trail. There has been some effort made to extend the AT to this point. The trail itself was narrow but well blazed. I followed the blue blazes of the Pinhoti until I reached the white blazes that head to some old cabins and the fire tower itself. There were a few trees across the trail but also a great deal of evidence that the trail is being kept up.
I feel like this area is a missed opportunity. This land is protected as a wildlife habitat but would make a nice state park with a little effort. A few rustic cabins and some road work would reveal the full potential of this special place. The views were fantastic. I only wished I could have seen the view from the tower.