dogs on leash
The Cohutta Wildlife Management Area is a huge area of forest in north Georgia, of more than 95,000 acres. This site covers only a small area along good gravel roads in the southern part of the WMA, but the whole area is worth exploring for those with the time and curiosity. This WMA is encompassed within Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness area, which is the state's second largest wilderness area. The Cohutta Mountains are part of the oldest known mountains in the world. They run from Fannin County northeast to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where they are known as the Smoky Mountains, and once bordered a prehistoric ocean. It is from these mountains that the Cohutta WMA gets its name.
We start at E. Cowpen trailhead to Hickory Ridge - Jack's River Trail, crossed the river and passed Beech Bottom, passed Jack's Falls, crossed river and back up Rice Camp. Good hike the challenge was E. Cowpen to Hickory Ridge. Water is sparse until Jack's River, a small stream is just prior to the first crossing of Jack's River.
My all time favorite. Did this one last October just before the wild fires were out of hand. Hiked early morning in the dark for the sunrise, daylight beat me before I could get to the top. Lots of campers from the intersection of the Byron Reese Trail and the AT up to the summit.