2024 Redistricting

Anniston Outdoor Association- Hiking & Biking Outing on the Cheif Ladiga Trail with Southeastern Outings

The bike ride will be 11-miles beginning in Piedmont with the pace being leisurely with a few stops to enjoy the
scenery. SEC recommends that those participating should have bicycled a few times at least 30 days prior to this
outing and they should be able to maintain an average speed of 8 to 12 mph while riding on level terrain. Road,
mountain, hybrid, and urban bikes are allowed on the trail but motorized vehicles are prohibited. Participants
must wear bicycle helmets and should bring a lunch or snack with something to drink. Those having bike racks
that can hold more than one bicycle should bring them to help facilitate the required shuttle.
The hike will be an easy 3.8 miles on the trail beginning at the Pinhoti Trailhead on Cleburne County Road 94 and
ending at Seaboard Avenue. This newly paved section goes through mostly wooded terrain and offers views of
Dugger Mountain. Participants should bring a picnic lunch or snack with something to drink.
No dogs, vaping, or smoking are allowed on SEC outings and children who are 8 years of age and older are
welcome as long as they can participate in the outing without complaining.
Participants should meet at the Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont by 10:30 am. The estimated finish time
for both outings is 2:00 to 3:00 pm and there will be an optional dinner at a restaurant in Piedmont afterwards.
To register for either outing, please RSVP Sean Boogaard by phone at (256) 365-6321, or by email at
geometmap@hotmail.com.

Anniston Outdoor Association- Partnership Hike with Wild Alabama on the Odum Scout Trail

This will be a 4-mile in-and-out hike on the Odum Scout Trail which is the oldest trail in the Cheaha Wilderness.
This hike will feature the 3-tiered High Falls with the 3rd tier displaying a beautiful pool of water at its base. Other
features include several overlooks offering panoramic views and spectacular scenery. Other than the rocky
climbs at the falls (one with stairs), this hike will be mostly easy. Please register for this hike at the following link: March 23 AOA & Wild Alabama Odum Scout Hike – Wild Alabama (flipcause.com)

 For more details, please contact Jonathan Kelly by email at jonathan@wildal.org

Anniston Outdoor Association- Waterfall Tour in the Talladega National Forest

This will be a tour of 5 waterfalls located in the Talladega National Forest. These will include Hidden Falls near
Camp Mac, Devil’s Den Falls near Lake Chinnabee, Cheaha Falls on the Chinnabee Silent Trail near the Cheaha
Falls Trail Shelter, High Falls at the end of the Odum Scout Trail, and Shinbone Falls located on Clay County 49
near the Shinbone community. Round-trip hiking distances to the various falls will range from a maximum of 2.4
miles to a minimum of 1/2 miles. Participants should pack a lunch and something to drink. The meeting time and
location for this trip will be 9:00 am at the Quintard Mall Parking Lot located on AL Hwy 21 in Oxford. Cars
should be parked next to the mall sign. For more information, and to register your participation, please contact
Keith Hudson by Thursday, March 7. Keith may be reached by phone or text at 256-453-9527, or by email at
anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com

Anniston Outdoor Association Pinhoti Trail Partnership Hike with Wild Alabama

This will be a 6-mile hike to Scott / Jogloma Lake and back on the Pinhoti Trail between Porter’s Gap
and Horn Mountain. Participants should meet by 9:00 am at the Porter’s Gap Trailhead located on
AL Hwy 77 east of Talladega. Please register for this hike on Wild Alabama’s website once it has been
published at the following link Events – Wild Alabama

For additional details, please contact Jonathan Kelly by email at jonathan@wildal.org.

Anniston Outdoor Association Pinhoti Trail Day Hike

This will be a 6.4-mile hike between the Pinhoti Trail crossing at Cleburne County Road 61 and the
Pine Glenn Campground located on USFS 500. This is an “easy to moderate” portion of the trail in
Section 10 which passes by the Laurel Trail Shelter, Sweetwater Lake, and along Shoal Creek.
Participants should pack a lunch with something to drink and should dress appropriately for the
forecasted weather conditions. The departure time and location for this hike will be 8:00 am from
the Publix parking lot located at the Oxford Exchange adjacent to Exit 188 on I-20 and US Hwy 78.
The street address is 115 Commons Way, Oxford, AL. Participants are also welcome to meet directly
at the trail crossing by 8:45 am.

For more information and to register for this hike, please call/text
Keith Hudson by phone at 256-453-9527, or email him at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com.

The registration deadline for this hike is Thursday, February 8.

Day Hiking at Lake Yahou with Lunch to follow at the Cane Creek Grill

Beginning and ending at Lake Yahou, this will be about a 2.83 loop hike using the UXO trail (1- mile),
the Golden Buck Trail (.94 miles), and the Oscar Trail (.89 miles). There is an optional .79-mile path
around the lake for those desiring a shorter hike. Participants should pack snacks and water and
dress appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions. An optional stop at the nearby Cane Creek
Grill is planned for lunch. The Grill has a variety of great sandwiches and burgers. The meeting time
and location for this outing will be 9:00 am at Lake Yahou. Directions to the lake from Exit 188 on
I-20 are as follows: Go north on US 431 (also known as Golden Springs Road and Anniston’s Eastern
By-Pass) for about 4 miles, turn right on Iron Mountain Road, take an immediate left on Lake Yahou
Road, and follow the road to the lake. Click this link for Google Map directions: Lake Yahou Park Trail
Head. Please contact Keith Hudson by emailing him at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com, or by
calling or texting him at 256-453-9527, to register for this outing. The registration deadline for this
trip is Thursday, January 25.

Loop Hike in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness

This will be a loop hike beginning and ending at the Burn’s trailhead located on Cleburne County
Road 55 (also known as the Rabbittown Road). Google directions are: Burns Trailhead. From the
trailhead, the hike will proceed up the access trail to the Pinhoti and will travel about 3 miles on the
trail before intersecting with the Jones Branch Road. The hike will then follow the road for another 3
miles before returning to the trailhead. Jones Branch Road offers several tranquil views of Jones
Branch and the surrounding valley. Pending group interest, there may also be a short side hike to the
“Indian Cave” a large rock overhang that archeological evidence suggests was used by aboriginal
cultures for several years. Participants should pack a lunch with something to drink and dress
appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions for the day. The meeting time for this hike will
be 9:00 am at the Burns Trailhead. To register for this hike, please call or text Keith Hudson at
256-453-9527, or email him at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com. The registration deadline for this
trip is Thursday, January 11.

Anniston Outdoor Association Cheaha State Park Hike on the Pinhoti & Bald Rock Connector Trail

This will be a moderately rated, 4-mile hike in Cheaha State Park beginning at the State Park Tailhead and ending at the Bald Rock Lodge Parking Lot. From the state park trailhead, the hike will begin at the Pinhoti/Hwy 281 crossing and will pass by the headwaters of Hillabee Creek and the Blue Mountain Trail Shelter before reaching the Bald Rock connector trail. Once on the connector trail, there will be a steep ascent to Bald Rock and then a level walk to the lodge using the boardwalk or the adjoining woods trail. Participants should meet by 9:00 am at the State Park trailhead located on Hwy 281 (scenic parkway) just before the park entrance. An adequate number of cars will be placed at the lodge parking lot to shuttle participants back to the trailhead. Please contact Keith Hudson by Thursday, December 14th to register for this hike. Keith may be reached by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com, or by phone/text at 256-453-9527.

Anniston Outdoor Association Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party will be held at 6:30 pm at the Tucker Park Lodge. The lodge is located at 6514 Weaver Road in Anniston. The AOA will provide a ham and participants are asked to bring a side item. This party will include a meal, a short program to recognize our 2023 outing leaders, and a slide show highlighting pictures from our outings over the past year. It would be helpful to have some volunteers to assist with decorating the lodge beforehand and to help with the meal organization and preparation on the day of the party. If you plan to attend this party and/or would like to assist with it, please contact Keith Hudson by Monday, December 11th. Keith may be phone at 256-453-9527 or by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com.

Anniston Outdoor Association Loop Hike in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness with Wild Alabama

This will be a 7-mile loop hike in the Dugger Mountain Wilderness Area beginning and ending on FS 500. From the Pinhoti Trail crossing at FS 500, plans are to hike up the trail for about 2.5 miles before traveling a short distance cross country to the old fire tower site. From this point, plans include traveling 3.5 miles down the old fire tower road (FS 539) back to FS 500 and then an additional 1-mile walk back down the road to the trail crossing where our cars will be parked. FS 539 offers splendid views of the countryside surrounding Piedmont. There is an option to shorten this hike by 1-mile by placing cars at both FS 500 and FS 539 (Tower Road). Participants should bring a lunch with something to drink and dress appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions. The departure time and location for this outing is 8:00 am from the Johnson’s Giant Foods parking lot located at 815 Pelham Road South (AL Hwy 21) in Jacksonville. Please register for this hike through Wild Alabama’s website once the event is published. In the meantime, you may contact Jonathan Kelly at Jonathan@wildal.org for additional details concerning this hike