Jack Rabbit Mountain Recreation Area Trail is a moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hayesville, NC that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from May until September.
Jackrabbit Mountain Recreation Area is located in the Tusquitee Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest. The Recreation Area is on a wooded peninsula of scenic 6,950-acre Lake Chatuge, with a backdrop of high mountain peaks. Lake Chatuge is touted as the crown jewel of TVA system of lakes. Similar to a Swiss alpine lake setting, the lake is filled with a bounty of fish, from spotted, white and striped bass to catfish, crappie and sunfish. Some of the sites and infrastructure within the campground were updated in recent years. There are no water or electric hookup sites. There are hot showers and drinking water available in each camping loop. There is a 13-mile system of trails designed to accommodate mountain bikers ranging from the beginner to the expert rider while still providing for hiking use. This trail system has a trailhead with restroom, parking lot, drinking water, picnic tables and information board. Jackrabbit Mountain Hiking Trail loops around the peninsula for 2.4 miles, offering spectacular views of the lake for hikers. Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail.
We hike (walk) this trail frequently. It is not too strenuous for us seniors, but the climb up to the top of the mountain is good exercise. There are several nice peek-a-boo views of the lake, and a few side trails to waters edge. The view from the top is unremarkable - too heavily wooded with no real open vistas. The trail is generally in very good condition.
Toward the end of summer a portion of the trail near the start/end of the loop can be somewhat overgrown, making pants a better choice than shorts.
We hike this trail often. Good exercise, and some good vistas from lake level to the top of Jack Rabbit Mountain. Trail is not crowded, nor must one stay alert for bikers, like on the Jack Rabbit trail.
Nice trail. Hiked this trail before, but has been a while. lots of spider webs. Trail needs work, getting grown over in spots. Had no trouble following trail. Was short on time, so didn't hike out to the point. Recommended hike.