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.
Overall, a decent hike. Occasional challenging parts of the trail but the majority of the trail is fairly easy. Went in January, so I didn't see a whole lot of people on the trail which was nice. There wasn't as much trash as I have heard which was also nice. The falls aren't the greatest but they are pretty cool and in a really nice spot to take a break and relax before either continuing on or heading back to the trailhead. Definitely a must-do if you live in the area!
Always great to be on the AT. After parking 1/2 mile north of Mountain Crossing we headed up Bryon Reese Trail to join the AT to Blood Mountain. Temperature was about 40 degrees with overcast skies. Wind was howling at 15-20 mph. After all the rain lately, water sources were everywhere. Even the summit had water if your willing to scoop water out of rock pockets/holes.
After lunch on top of Blood Mountain we headed over to Slaughter Mountain via the AT and Duncan Ridge Trail. We found a faint trail off Duncan to take us to the summit.
Great hike with great friends.
I love the fall, but they did lie. This is not an moderate, but a hard one. to get to the fall you have to rock climb down to it. this is very hard with a backpack. There was many of campsite along the way and you follow the river to the water fall. It really is a great trip.