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    Places to hang in Alabama

    I'm looking for some good places to do a 1 night trip in alabama. We've been to the Sipsey tons of times and are just wanting to try some different areas. Something maybe within 2-3 hours of birmingham.

    Any of you Alabama hangers got any suggestions?
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    There's about 180 miles worth of the Pinhoti Trail hiking in AL. Almost all is very camp friendly. Plenty of opportunity to make 'loops' in the Cheaha area, without doing an out and back or multiple cars.

    Or if you have canoes or kayaks there's like 631 miles of the Alabama Scenic River Trail. And that doesn't include the Tallapoosa, which is campable along its entire length.

    What about Little River Canyon, or Walls of Jericho, etc? Even the Cohuttas in GA are within your stated driving range.
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    Like Sparrow said, the Cohuttas are near. They are the closets "real" mountains to you, and about as wild as it can get in the east. The river trails (Jacks & Conasauga) are pleasant even in the heat.

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    AS has done a great job of listing some of the most beautiful areas to hike and camp in Alabama.

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    highly recommend the Cheaha area for overnighters........Look up the Turnipseed Hunters Camp. This is a good place to park the car and you can hike out to the Pinhoti, or over to lake Chinnabee from there. Both are great hikes and can be done as an in and out overnight.
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    Conecuh National Forest in Andalusia. A little farther than you might like but a great two day hike. It's my local spot and I like it. Summer hiking and camping could be rough however. Definitely bring the bugnet. Beautiful pine stands and very dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylo166 View Post
    Conecuh National Forest in Andalusia. A little farther than you might like but a great two day hike. It's my local spot and I like it. Summer hiking and camping could be rough however. Definitely bring the bugnet. Beautiful pine stands and very dark.
    +1 on it being rough in the summer. The mosquitoes at Blue Pond nearly carried me away last year. However, it is the best spot in the state for stargazing. The terrain is flat and super easy, albeit a little dull at times. You can hike the trail and camp in the rec area and have some nice facilities if you so desire.

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    As pointed out lots of areas with in 3 hrs of B'ham. I'm just getting back into hiking/camping, but my brother and I did lots of it years ago.... Recently did a loop in the cheaha wilderness area, and as said there are lots of loop possibilities there...

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    you've got to try the Pinhoti----its definitly hammock country! One of my favorites is to park at the Cheah trail head at Cheah state park, and hike to mcdill point, either on the Pinhoti or the cave creek trail. Its a really beautiful area, and there is lots to do and see! However, this is not the best time to go on the Pinhoti---I'd wait until fall when it cools off a bit! (but for winter, fall and spring, you can't beat it!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    you've got to try the Pinhoti----its definitly hammock country! One of my favorites is to park at the Cheah trail head at Cheah state park, and hike to mcdill point, either on the Pinhoti or the cave creek trail. Its a really beautiful area, and there is lots to do and see! However, this is not the best time to go on the Pinhoti---I'd wait until fall when it cools off a bit! (but for winter, fall and spring, you can't beat it!)
    Heading there Monday morning with a hiking buddy and hiking that exact route. Whoo, it's gonna be hot. But I'd rather be sweltering in the wilderness than comfortable behind a desk. Which is where I am the rest of the time.

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