Flagg Mtn. a well-kept secret

Published 10:18 pm Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The weatherman tells me this weekend will be perfect for spending some time outdoors, and I have just the destination for you.

Flagg Mountain, in Coosa County’s Weogufka State Forest, might be the best kept secret in the state because, apparently, not even the people in Weogufka know where it is (at least that was my experience at a nearby gas station).

If I hadn’t got lost, though, I wouldn’t have needed directions.

Flagg Mountain is actually an easy trip from Clanton. Head north on Lay Dam Road, and take a right onto County Road 55 between Hickory Chip and Lessie’s Restaurant.

After a few miles, you’ll have to turn right to stay on 55, and then go 14 miles before turning right onto CC Camp Road, a dirt road.

The road was difficult to navigate on my trip because of all the recent rain and snow. If you don’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, I recommend saving this outing for a dry period.

A couple of miles up the mountain, you’ll see on the left a marker for the Alabama Hiking Trail Society, which indicates the trailhead.

The trail will split just into the woods. It doesn’t matter which direction you choose, though, because the trail is a 4- or 5-mile loop.

The trail is more secluded than you’ll find at, say, Oak Mountain State Park, but is rather uneventful. The way up is fairly steep, and the markers can be difficult to see—at least the white markers are hard to find when you’re hiking with snow on the ground.

There are a couple of dilapidated cabins just off the trail that are worth exploring, and there are newer cabins further up.

The main attraction, though, is the old fire tower on top of the mountain.

Flagg Mountain has an elevation of 1,152 feet and is one of the southernmost mountains above 1,100 feet along the eastern seaboard.

The Hiking Trail Society hopes to connect Flagg Mountain to the Appalachian Trail via the Pinhoti Trail. If that happens, Flagg Mountain would be the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and would probably garner more attention than it does now.