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November 21, 2014

New Pinhoti Trail maps available

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:29 pm

New maps of the Pinhoti Trail are available from the U.S. Forest Service. The Pinhoti Trail is a popular attraction of the Talladega National Forest in eastern Alabama.

The new Pinhoti Trail map is for sale for $10 at any national forest office in Alabama or at the district office, 2946 Chestnut Street in Montgomery. The map is also available for purchase online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/alabama/maps-pubs. Purchase of forest service maps created for mobile devices may be made from Avenza at http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps.

The new double-sided map measuring approximately four square feet replaces five separate maps detailing specific portions of the 140-mile trail, according to a press release.

“The newly designed map provides improved service to visitors by giving them everything they need to explore the Pinhoti Trail,” said Tim Mersmann, acting forest supervisor of national forests in Alabama.

“In addition to being one map instead of five, it is now in plastic, making it more durable and serviceable while hiking.”

All information from previous maps is included in the single new map. An additional feature provides directions for cutting the large map into convenient sections that are less bulky to carry on long hikes.

The Pinhoti National Recreational Trail, starting in Piedmont and extending approximately 140 miles through pine and hardwood forests, has been one of the most popular hiking trails in Alabama.

Considered moderate to difficult, the trail offers hikers scenic streams, mountains and valleys. Popular activities along the trail include backpacking, bird watching and wildlife observation, with frequent sighting of quail, wild turkeys and deer. There are also hunting camps, including one for physically disabled campers. A side trial stretches to the Cheaha Wilderness Area and Alabama’s highest mountain in Cheaha State Park. For more information about forest service maps contact 334-832-4470.

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