AT2AL logos (20)_edited.png

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!

AT2AL logos (21)_edited.jpg

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.

AT2AL logos (22)_edited.jpg