Johnson Ferry Trail (North) is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marietta, GA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a walking trail along the Chattahoochee River. Please note that there are two different trails with different parking areas and starting points. Johnson Ferry South and North. This is the North loop. An easy walking trail that follows the Chattahoochee River. A return loop can be made by following a parallel trail along the buried oil pipeline. There is also an extension trail that leads up a creek to the north with some interesting small cliffs and rocky stream.
The trail was easy to follow. Flat level for the most of it, with side trails to keep you by the river. Looks like park service is trying to "restore" this area back to its natural state. A lot of poison ivy growing through the trails by the river. We hiked to the "peak" and continued on to find where two creeks merged. However, this started into private property. Dogs allowed and access to the Chattahoochee to dip your toes. Overall good short day hike.
So nice to be able to be this much in the woods this close to home.
I've been here a few times now. The first few times were in March. It looks like the center and very flat portion was clear cut, which I enjoyed. You can get some closer views of the river if you take the east paths that come in and out. Although the center path was very flat, you do occasionally have to cross a few brooks, some of them have large pipes. The official maps show the path ending at the 4rd brook, but you can continue much further on to a nice view of the Morgan Falls Dam.
I came back do do an evening run in September and it was a little overgrown.
If there were foot bridges instead of pipes this would be a great walk for someone who couldn't do hilly or rough terrain. It is probably too boring for most people who hang out here.
Flat. Boring. Zero scenic value. Only got a few glimpses of the river through thick trees. The whole unit of the hooch appear disheveled and abandoned. Sort of felt like this was a waste of my time. Worst CRNRA unit I have ever visited.