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Jacks River Trail

Epworth, GA

Jacks River Trail is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Epworth, GA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

on John Muir Trail
4 days ago

12 Completed6 Reviews

on Benton Falls Trail
5 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Took the church youth group on this trail from our campground at Chilhowee. Everyone in our group really enjoyed the walk and the falls.

on John Muir Trail
6 days ago

backpacking
1 Completed1 Reviews

The Wife, a few friends, and I took this trail this week. I agree with this site’s rating of hard. There are a couple things to know that I wish I had known going in. We walked the trail from East to West going left to Right across the Nat Geo map we bought 2 weeks ago from REI. **Note** The NAT Geo maps are out of date. Read below for the updates we found.

From the parking lot on the western end, the lot had great access to water and plenty of space for tents after our day long drive and white water rafting before arriving. There are a few trees suitable for hanging hammocks from, but we ended up using our tent because we really only saw space for 2 hammocks and there were 4 of us. The trail head was well marked with a fair sized sign and the morning fog from the river made for some pretty hiking. There were a few great views of the river in the first couple miles of the trail. The trail does meet up with power house road at Big Bend and from there we never did find the trail on the left despite sweeping a few times looking for it. We gave up hoping to pick the trail back up at Towee Creek boat ramp, but here was the first time we noticed the Nat Geo map is wrong. The maps on the park sign board show the trail following the river to the TVA employee only area where the trail continues down a half staircase, and the trail at Towee Creek is completely unpassable supporting this updated path. All in all our first day was about 8 miles and 6 of them were on pavement sharing the lane with cars as there is no space for us to walk off the road. About a half mile down the trail from the TVA area, where the trail follows Wildcat Creek for a few hundred yards, there is a decent camp site with fire pit by a rock face. About 100 feet further down the trail there is an extension to the top of the rock face on the left that has 2 more camp sites. They are dry, but only about 100 or 200 yards from water (where you turned left) so not too bad. The trails up to this point have been poorly blazed and there was a fair bit of guessing and hoping we were on the right trail though they are well worn and easy to follow.

Day 2 revealed several switch backs not marked on the map and several steep climbs and descents. There is a fair sized campsite when the trail crosses Loss creek and 2 or 3 campsites where the trail follows Coker creek. From the camp site we stayed at by the rock face to the where John Muir and Benton MacKaye split the trail was traveled well enough that over grown was not a serious concern, we did find a few trees across the path but the majority had been cleared. The path from the fork to our campsite about mile further down was well blazed and we are glad about that as it is significantly less worn and overgrowth became a hassle. There are 2 streams or creeks not on the Nat Geo map, they run down the 2 ravines shown on the map about a mile from the fork, in between them is a great flat campsite with plenty of trees for hammocks. Down side here is there is a huge tick population and not even tick spray kept us bite free inside our tents. Also Chiggers and Biting flies are rampant here.

Day 3 revealed an infrequently used trail with lots of over growth with dozens of felled trees between us and TN 68. We found an additional camp where the 2 creeks merge under the John Muir sign on the Nat Geo map, google maps tells me on of the creeks is called Land Branch. After wrestling with felled trees and following blazes more than established trail we choose to abandon it at the road crossing with TN 68. The trail entrance from 68 continuing West was hard to find, and basically went straight up the cliff side. I cannot comment on the condition of the rest of the trail, but I suspect it was equally used rarely and thus suffered from lots of over growth. If someone wanted to run a DR field and brush mower over this half of the trail it would definitely be better for that.

Final notes: The trail is probably best during the fall or spring, mid-summer was oppressively hot. Frequent dips into the river and creeks were necessary to prevent overheating. There were occasional breezes but the dense forest shut most of them down. Also the trail is covered in poison oak and poison ivy, much of the over growth is of these plants so long pants are a must.

on Lowry Falls Trail
16 days ago

hiking
9 Completed8 Reviews

Water is low but still beautiful. Trail is steep and narrow. Hiking stick was helpful but not necessary. Great morning hike!

on Benton Falls Trail
18 days ago

hiking
9 Completed8 Reviews

Nice afternoon hike. Falls are lovely.
Can get busy.

on Benton Falls Trail
18 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Don't let GPS take you down the dirt road unless you're driving an off road vehicle! It was terrifying with steep drops and an up hill ride with sharp curves and the road is rough rock. Other than that, it was beautiful! We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

on Benton Falls Trail
20 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Followed advice and went early. Based on previous comments, expected to see an Indian on the side of the trail crying...but saw no trash. Because of lack of rain in the area, falls not at full force, but beautiful and worth the walk.

on Benton Falls
26 days ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

Pretty level sandy trail that leads to some lovely stone steps down to the base of this beautiful waterfall that is totally approachable. Plenty of large rocks to perch or rest on, and in my daughter's case play on.

on Benton Falls Trail
1 month ago

hiking
5 Completed5 Reviews

Easy trail, but go early in the morning before everyone goes! Because it is so easy it appears that too many disrespectful people go there. There is a lot more trash along this trail!

on Coker Creek Falls Trail
1 month ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

The water fall is beautiful, but getting to to the trail is a little confusing. We did not end up going to the end of the trail. The trail has a lot of ups and downs and pretty rocky. I suggest going on it when temperatures aren't in the 90s.

on Clemmer Trail
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was an easy trail and a lot of fun. However finding the waterfall was not as easy as the trail because the signs were unclear about having to cross the river (which you have to cross twice to continue on the trail, once at the bottom and again in the middle).Overall it's a great hike.

on Clear Creek Trail
1 month ago

mountain biking
18 Completed3 Reviews

This overlooked gives you a challenging backcountry ride. It is difficult, going up or down but worth the challenge. Easy way is down and ride Clemmer back to the top. Very well marked with a lot more trails to explore on top.

on Oswald Dome Trail
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Oswald Dome Trail
1 month ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful and Intense hike in 100 degree weather!


1 month ago

on Rainbow Falls
1 month ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

on Rainbow Falls
1 month ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

A nice couple-hour (or less) hike. Elevation and slope are not bad, and the water crossings were easy for my wife and me. And we are both occasional hikers in our 50s. The falls are pretty, this is definitely worth doing, unless you are looking for a real physical challenge. parking is limited at the trailhead.

on Benton Falls Trail
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

on Benton Falls Trail
1 month ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Easy hike, falls are beautiful

on Clemmer Trail
1 month ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome!