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Flagg Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This is a wonderful little hike to the top of Flagg Mountain, the last mountain in the Appalachian Range over 1,000 feet. As you near the top, the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are spectacular. The highlight of the trip is Flagg Mountain Tower, with views of several counties and, on a clear day, Cheaha Mountain on the horizon. Trail surface: Hard-packed clay, gravel, and rock Forest Service road."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Alabama (Falcon Guides).
This is a pretty quick hike up to the top of Flagg Mountain. The views are ok, though I wish I would have called ahead to go up the lookout tower. The cabins are kind of creepy, but cool. Note the fire break leading from the tower to the cabins is STEEP and rocky so be careful. There isn't much of a parking area at the trailhead (just the side of the road). Overall a nice, fairly easy, hike.
Had a MUCH different experience than Jeff did. Trailhead is well-marked (after I found it). Directions to the trail are POOR. Thought it was near the road to the summit ... there was a "No Trespassing" sign and the gate was closed. An older man in a pickup came up, and was nasty - threatened me with calling the sheriff if I didn't "get out!" I eventually found the trailhead, but the map posted there showed the trail didn't go anywhere near the summit. ??????
Beware. This is a part of Alabama which gives the state its (unfortunate) reputation.
trail road is not marked, but easy enough to find. the whole path up is a dirt road (we met one group that cheated and drove up), but it's nice and wide. overall a nice hike with the uphills spaced enough for you to catch your breath. views from the top are great, even on a hazy cloudy day. there were hunters around, but they seemed unalarmed by our presence. great day hike. if you need water or any other random supply, better to stop at the gas station right off the highway, there's nothing after that.
It was a pleasant walk up hill, nice view and interesting piece of history. The directions were incorrect about the CCC sign at the beginning of the walk. There was no sign. The top of the hill with the old CCC built tower has an unfriendly no trespassing sign but there was no barrier to continuing up and nobody there to object to our visit.
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