Hike to the Flagg Mountain Tower and Cabins

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Distance

4 miles

Elevation Gain

400 ft

Route Type

Point-to-Point

Added by Colben Freeman

Its a little known place less than an hour and a half from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Auburn. Its also one of the southern most Appalachian Mountain over 1000 feet.

Flagg Mountain lookout tower and the cabins are inside the Weogufka State Forest. The state forest also has around 4 miles of hiking trails plus the entire Coosa WMA trails. The cabins and tower were built by the CCC to be part of a state park that was never finished, but the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) took over the tower and used it as a fire tower for the next 50 years.

The Alabama Hiking Trail Society (AHTS) and AFC have recently began the renovation process of the cabins. They have also placed a full time caretaker on the mountain. The Pinhoti trail starts just south of the mountain and will eventually be rerouted over the mountain.

The AHTS built a 4 mile yellow blazed trail that climbs up the side of the mountain. If you would rather take a shorter trip up to the cabins and tower, you can drive up to the cabins. If the caretaker is there the gate should be open. Camping is allowed in the state forest.

Currently the tower is closed for safety reasons and is in need of some repair before it is safe for the public. The plan does involve reopening the tower to the public. Remember entering the buildings is off limits for the moment, but if you talk with the caretaker he seems more than willing to show you around and give you a little history class.

Directions: Look for the sign in the pictures after turning on to CC Camp road. If you want to drive to the top follow the signs to the cabin or tower.

From Birmingham: Take I 65 south to exit 212 in Clanton. Take a left onto AL 145. After about 2 miles take another right onto county road 55. Follow county road 55 for 19 miles and take a right onto the dirt CC Camp Road. After a little over a mile you will see a trail sign on your left.

From Montgomery: Take 231 North 11 miles past Wetumpka then turn left onto Buyck Road. After about 7.5 miles turn right onto county road 29. Next take a right on county road 16 after 13 miles. The CC Camp road will be on your right in half a mile

From Auburn: Take US 280 for 48 miles and turn left onto Coosa County Road 49. After 5 miles turn right on US 231. Go 3.5 miles and turn left onto county road 56. Go 9 more miles and turn left onto Lay Dam road. The CC Camp road will be a mile ahead on your left.

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