Pinhoti Connector Trail Closed Road

Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia 30705

Distance1.7mi
Elevation Gain1,732ft
Trailhead Elevation1,690ft
Top2,652ft
Elevation Min/Max1690/2652ft
Elevation Start/End1690/1690ft

Pinhoti Connector Trail Closed Road

Pinhoti Connector Trail (Closed Road) is a hiking and biking trail in Murray County, Georgia. It is within Fort Mountain State Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 1,690 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,732 feet.

Pinhoti Connector Trail (Closed Road) Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Pinhoti Trail is a 335-mile pathway that runs from Flagg Mountain near Weogufka, Alabama, to a junction with the Benton MacKaye Trail in northwest Georgia near the town of Blue Ridge.

The trail enters Georgia in the Ridge and Valley geophysical region of the state, just west of Cedartown. As it progresses to the northeast, it enters the Blue Ridge Mountain region to end in the Cohutta Mountains."

"The Pinhoti Trail is a 335-mile pathway that runs from Flagg Mountain near Weogufka, Alabama, to a junction with the Benton MacKaye Trail in northwest Georgia near the town of Blue Ridge. The trail enters Georgia in the Ridge and Valley geophysical region"

Pinhoti Connector Trail (Closed Road) Reviews

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4/21/2008
We started at the brasstown bald parking lot. To say the very least i was out of shape when i attempted this trail. To make matters worse about 2.5 miles in (about 3/4 mile past where it crosses the highway..i got bad stomach sick...yeah it wasn't pretty...i started running a fever and had to hike back...This trail was hell on the way back up...sick! I haven't done very many trails so i'm not a good judge on what is moderate and what is strenuous..but the length that i made it was strenuous most of the way. steep switch backs and with a 40lb pack sick and out of shape...i was hell on foot. I will hike this trail again, and by the way $3 to park at brasstown bald; bring cash, closest atm = 20 miles away in blairsville...yeah i drove it..
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1/7/2007
This was our second attempt at this trail. The first time was in summer, and we lost so much time just trying to locate the trail that when thunderstorms threatened we turned back. This trail begins up on top of brasstown bald at the end of the parking lot. However, we elected to omit that part of the trail since we were mainly interested in seeing Chattahooche gap and the headwaters of the Chattahooche. We parked at the entrance of the road that leads to Brasstown Bald. Crossed over 180, to the left a bit and found the trail. The trail was in the summer was very grassy and snakey, another reason to turn back! I was definitely worried about stepping on a snake or worse getting bit by a copperhead. I didn't see it, but after I passed one log my grandson said "Hey, look at that huge snake, it just crossed right behind you..." We tackled the trail again in January and made it all the way this time. Pretty strenuous. From the parking lot at the foot of Brasstown Bald to Chattahooche gap was two hours. It took us around 1.5 hours to come back. This includes rests and view stops. I would defintely say it's better to take this trail during the winter.
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9/10/2005
There is only one campsite off of this trail. None north of GA 180 Spur as far as I am aware. The section of the trail that connects to the Appalachian trail is not vevry well maintained, I had to wade shoulder deep through brush. Did see a bear cub, but not much else of interest on the trail. I took the trail north from the Apalachian Trail. From there to Brasstown Bald is very strenuous, though take that with a grain of salt as this was my first hike.
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2/16/2002
I would recommend starting this trail from the parking area on 180 and not the parking lot at Brasstown Bald. That way you get the biggest climb in first. The climb to Brasstown Bald is steep, but worth the trip and going the other direction towards the AT is not as steep, but a great hike none the less.
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Trail Information

Fort Mountain State Park
Nearby City
Fort Mountain State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
The Pinhoti Trail Alliance, pinhoti trailalliance.org
Local Contacts
USGS Talking Rock, Crandell, Dyer Gap, Hemp Top
Local Maps

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