Hike the Pin-Chin-Sky Loop Trail



17.7 miles

Elevation Gain

3149 ft

Route Type


Added by Josh Banks

Hike this loop trail to get a sampler of Talladega National Forest and the Cheaha Wilderness. It features scenic overlooks, several waterfalls, old-growth forests, gurgling creeks, and large chunks of pale Sylacauga marble.

This 17.7 mile loop trail is actually the combination of three separate trails, the Chinabee Silent Trail, the Skyway Loop Trail, and a piece of the Pinhoti Trail. There are several places on the trail that are near vertical and are demanding, especially on the Pinhoti. Primitive campsites are located throughout, usually in great locations. Parking is available in the Turnipseed Parking area, near the Chinabee Silent Trailhead, or on the Adam's Gap Trailhead. 

While hiking clockwise, the trail gains significant elevation quickly after the fist few miles. Stop and take in the view at the overlooks here - they're the best on the loop. The Skyway Loop trail connects the Pinhoti and the Chinabee. It loosely follows a creek and zigzags through valleys. There aren't many significant overlooks or waterfalls on this trail, but the forest here is magnificent - especially the stretching birch trees that tend to stay close to the water. The Chinabee Silent Trail has most of the waterfalls on the trail, including Devil's Den and Cheaha Falls. This trail crosses many streams, so be prepared to get your feet wet if the water is high. 

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Swimming Hole



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Good Scout Trip

Recently did with this 4 15 year old boys and another adult. Great loop. As stated in the review, the hike Chinabee trail up to the Pinhoti section and the subsequent descent down Pinhoti is quite technical. Also, no water source on this 7 mile section too. Lots of fun. A little overgrown in the Skyline section. Only encountered one other group the other loop. Good for those who like that. Campsites were about 1-2 miles apart, and easily accommodated our group of 6. Looking forward to going back.

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