Johns Mountain / Pinhoti

Walker County, Georgia

Elevation Gain501ft
Trailhead Elevation1,880ft
Elevation Min/Max1430/1880ft
Elevation Start/End1880/1880ft

Johns Mountain / Pinhoti

Johns Mountain / Pinhoti is a hiking trail in Walker County, Georgia. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 1,880 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 501 feet. The Johns Mountain Lookout Tower (elevation 1,824 feet) tower is near the trailhead. There is also parking. This trail connects with the following: Pinhoti.

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Five-Star Trails: Chattanooga (Menasha Ridge Press)
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"Visit a waterfall and enjoy multiple views on this double loop. First, hike to Keown Falls (pronounced cow-an), a low-flow but high-drama cascade that tumbles over an undercut cliff line. From there, climb to an observation deck opening to the ridge-and-valley country of northwest Georgia. Next, cruise the crest of Johns Mountain on a level track. Return to the Keown Falls valley, making a second loop. Walk under Keown Falls to a second fall. A steady descent takes you back to the lowlands and the end of your double loop."
"The Johns Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 24,589-acre tract of land within the Chattahoochee National Forest. The WMA is located in the unique Ridge and Valley physiographic province, which terminates just to the west in Alabama. This trail has much to offer, including opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography, songbirds and waterfowl, nesting Canada geese, an active beaver dam, and wildflowers spring through fall. Eighteen marked points on the trail are interpreted in a brochure available in the District Office. The wide, easy-to-follow path begins at the corner of the parking area. You can look down on one of the old fish hatchery ponds as you begin walking through an open area to the first interpretive sign, with information about waterfowl and wading birds (the Canada geese nest in April).The next stop is at a platform overlooking a small pond."

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I put on my running shoes and took my first tour of Arrowhead Trail on August 6, 2006. I was impressed with the uniqueness of such a serene and picturesque setting. Hummingbirds, white herons, and turtles caught my eye as I made my way around the running trails. My only recommendation would be to clean and/or upgrade the interpretive signage. With a little bit more trail maintenance and minimal landscaping it would create a very inviting envoronment which sends a strong message that the grounds, its inhabitants, and the visitors are valued.

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Walker County
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Johns Mountain Wildlife Management Area
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USGS Sugar Valley, Calhoun
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