SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The upcoming hiking season will be celebrated Sept. 23-25 when travelers from all over will set up camp at Sylacauga’s Noble Park, not too far away from the Southern terminus of the Pinhoti Trail.
The first-ever Pinhoti Fest will begin Friday, Sept. 23, and will feature live music, guest speakers, and plenty of vendors as well as food trucks.
“We’re so excited to invite people to Sylacauga to kick-off this year’s hiking season,” said Nathan Wright of the Pinhoti Outdoor Center. “If you love to hike, are planning a hike on the Pinhoti, or are even curious about the hiking world, come on out.”
The entire weekend event is free of charge, and there’s no need to make a reservation. All that is needed to stay overnight at Pinhoti Fest is a tent to sleep in.
Well-known names within the hiking community will appear at the event — and some will even speak — including Jessica “Dixie” Mills of Homemade Wanderlust. Four different world record holders will also be in attendance.
The Pinhoti Trail is around 350 miles long and stretches through Alabama and Georgia. Flagg Mountain in Weogufka, with a peak over 1,000 feet above sea level, is the location of the Southern terminus for the trail.
“Alabama is such a biodiverse and beautiful state with a lot of untapped outdoor recreation opportunities,” expressed Kimm Wright, event director with the Pinhoti Outdoor Center. “By celebrating the kick-off of the Pinhoti hiking season, we hope to show how important the outdoors is to our economy, and to do it in a fun way that builds community.”
For more information on Pinhoti Fest and the outdoor center, you can click here.