Council votes in support of trail spur

Adam Dasinger speaks about the proposed Heflin spur of Pinhoti trail.

Bill Wilson

The Heflin City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting completion of the proposed Heflin spur of the Pinhoti Trail.

Local trail proponents Adam Dasinger and Mark Truett gave an audiovisual presentation of the trail that featured sights from the 2.1-mile spur. Dasinger was hoping for the resolution to help persuade the U.S. Forest Service to approve the spur, which already exists in rough form but needs signage and cleaning up to be most useful. It would link Cahulga Park in Heflin to the Pinhoti Trail at the Shoal Creek Ranger Station to the west.

Dasinger said the Pinhoti Trail is the longest footpath in Alabama, totalling 335 miles across Alabama and Georgia to connect to the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia. Dasinger said his presentation to the Forest Service will be on April 2.

After the meeting Dasinger said felt good that the city sees the importance of ecotourism that the trail spur might provide if the Forest Service approves making it an official link to the trail.

“We’re definitely heading in the right direction,” Dasinger said.

Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks was also pleased with the unanimous vote.

“I think it will be a great exposure for the city. I’m not going to say it will put Heflin on the map — Heflin’s already on the map — I think it will give us more exposure in a different area that we’ve yet to tap. The resources we have here is our trails and our parks and us being close proximity to the Pinhoti,” Rooks said.

The presentation illustrated the trail and included sights such as a waterfall, a creek, scenic views and a section called “bridge between the hollows” which is an elevated part of the trail with views on each side.

The council Tuesday night also approved a retail beer (off-premises) and retail table wine (off-premises) permit for the Stateline Fuel Center-BP Food Mart at Interstate 20 Exit 205 in Heflin. The business previously had the permit but because the business changed ownership new permits had to be approved.

The council also approved off-premises beer and wine sales and liquor sales for Ron’s Quick Stop also located in Heflin.

Heflin Parks and Recreation Department director Tammy Perry said the St. Paddy’s on Main event on March 17 has been moved to a different location this year. The event’s Strides of March 5K will start in front of Heflin City Hall and the rest of the festivities will be located behind City Hall. The annual St. Pawtrick’s Day Pet Parade will end at City Hall on Ross Street where ribbons and prizes will be awarded. Last year the festivities were located at and near the Cleburne County Courthouse.

The Heflin City Council will have a work session on March 6 at 5:30 p.m and have regular meetings on March 13 and 27 at 5:30.

Rooks reminded all in attendance that the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Gulliver’s Travels in Space” will be Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Heflin Armory on Evans Street.