Conasauga River Trail

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Conasauga River Trail is a 23.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crandall, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

23.8 miles 5262 feet Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

This is a great trail and is in a pretty remote area for north Georgia. The river is beautiful, especially further north where it really widens out with some large boulders and rock outcroppings in and around the river. This trail would be a cakewalk difficulty-wise if it weren't for the river crossings, but those just add to the fun. The only difficult climbs are at the southern and northern trailheads where you ascend from the river valley up to the parking area. Be hesitant to attempt the northern portions of the trail after heavy rains. As the river widens, there can be a lot of water flowing after a day or two of big rain. Also, the trail blazes can be a little confusing around the river crossings. I don't think there is much risk of getting lost. You will just be delayed for a minute or two as you try to find where the trail picks up again on the other side.

hiking
3 months ago

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hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail with a couple a friends a while ago! One, if not the best, of the most beautiful trails in the Dawson Wildlife area. Keep in mind you will want waterproof hiking boots, as there about 32 river crossings along the trail, some of which you will probably want to remove your boots entirely when its too deep. Its pretty challenging, even for experianced hikers. Probably best to overnight this one. Id take the conasauga early in the morning and hike my way to Panther creek, where there a ton of nice camping spots. Then either hike the trail back or take the hickory creek trail to the service road. TONS OF ANIMALS. Its awesome honestly.

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fishing
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1 year ago

Clean, quiet, beautiful. River crossing difficulty is largely dependent on rain, just be aware of that aspect of the hike. The crossings can be much more difficult for some dogs, so a harness with a handhold may help.

1 year ago

Did a quick hike in to the conasauga to let the kids play. Solely went in to the first primitive campground and back out. Easily done in a day. Where convertible hiking pants as there is a bit of poison ivey along the trail in the summer.

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

The drive up the mountain to the trail is unbelievable!! It is the best view I've seen in Georgia (so far.)
The trail itself is beautiful! The features and obstacles are something to not just surpass, but truly appreciate! I've done the jacks river trail too, and I appreciate the way the trail follows the river closely. We went after there had been a fair amount of rain, and the water was moving really good in some areas. Trekking poles are a must, especially over the slippery rocks.
The camp sites are sparse, but they are all nice locations.
The trail is not marked very well at all, which I think makes it a little more fun, but since there are a few divergent trails, it's a good idea take your time and river crossings. We had a map that was horrible.
Overall a great time. Expect to get wet, and be ready to climb around 2k ft to get out.

hiking
3 years ago

This is a great trail and is in a pretty remote area for north Georgia. The river is beautiful, especially further north where it really widens out with some large boulders and rock outcroppings in and around the river. This trail would be a cakewalk difficulty-wise if it weren't for the river crossings, but I personally think that those just add to the fun. The only difficult climbs are at the southern and northern trailheads where you ascend from the river valley up to the parking area.

There are only a handful of things I would say to look out for on this trail. I would be hesitant to attempt the northern portions of the trail after heavy rains. As the river widens, there can be a lot of water flowing after a day or two of big rain. Also, the trail blazes can be a little confusing around the river crossings. I don't think there is much risk of getting lost. You will just be delayed for a minute or two as you try to find where the trail picks up again on the other side.

hiking
4 years ago

Actually my profile picture is from this trip

hiking
4 years ago

I went on this trail with a group and loved it. The river crossings are fun. I personally didn't use hiking poles and I don't think they are necessarily needed... I hike with reebok zigs... (trail running/crossfit shoes).

camping
4 years ago

I took my first backpacking trip here and had a great time! Sleeping next to the water is wonderful!