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While we have a lot of work ahead of us to build a new segment of the Appalachian Trail in Alabama, we are well-equipped with a robust, multi-faceted strategy. We see this as an entirely collaborative effort, so we invite additional ideas for fulfilling our mission.


This plan only works with your support and input!

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With the Trails:

  • Promote Cheaha State Park as the unofficial Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Over the last decade a growing number of hikers are starting their respective journeys in Alabama because they recognize it for what it is: the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Mountains.


  • Preserve the Alabama Pinhoti, the Georgia Pinhoti, and the Benton MacKaye Trails as distinct, unique, and treasured in their own right: we do not propose that they become part of the Appalachian Trail.


  • Solicit a potential route for the new Appalachian Trail segment that:


  • Runs closer than the Pinhoti to the Alabama cities of Anniston, Heflin, Jacksonville, Oxford, and Piedmont, to allow for trail spur access to these business centers.

  • ​​Forms loop trails with the Pinhoti for day hikers and overnight camping.


  • ​​Provides as many sections of trail that are ADA compliant and accessible to people with mobility or transportation limitations.


  • ​​Helps alleviate use pressure identified by the USFS at Springer Mountain in Georgia and in wilderness areas like Cheaha Wilderness and Dugger Mountain Wilderness.

With the People:

  • Utilize social media to raise awareness, educate the public, and inspire support.

  • Engage mayors to promote our strategy to their constituents and stakeholders, and to advocate for this mission to their elected state representatives.

  • Lobby City Councils, County Commissions, and state and federal representatives for the extension of the AT to Alabama.

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