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Trail is well maintained, and the hike is fairly easy. There are a few river crossings. I wore my waterproof boots and was fine. From Beech Bottom Trailhead to Jack's River Falls takes 1.5 to 2 hours, about the same on the way back. As others have mentioned, the roads in the Cohutta wilderness can be pretty treacherous. I'd recommend a 4x4 vehicle. I went after it had rained so there were some muddy inclines that I needed to use four wheel drive on.

Be sure to look into the lakes open dates! December through April the only open the gates for the first and the last Saturday’s of month. And

We didn’t get to do all of this trail, but we had a LOT of fun with what we could do. We lost the trail pretty fast, but you can basically follow the creek and go whichever way makes sense. So we ended up a little all over the place. It’s much more climbing over rocks than I anticipated, so we got to the point we couldn’t go any further. It was my four year old and I, and I felt like we got to a point we couldn’t continue safely without the help of a third person.

We were able to see the larger falls, but they were pretty far away. Nevertheless, it was super fun.

I would not say this is younger kid friendly, but older kids would probably have a good time.

Went here and I was blown away by the power that the falls have on you when you see them in person. The stairs are a challenge but they are worth it!

Hiked on New Year's Day. A little muddy but overall in good condition. Falls were flowing beautifully. A great short hike.

Walked down the trail then up the steps, both had amazing views!

14 days ago

Easy to access trail ending with a beautiful waterfall with lots of areas to hammock and enjoy the upper and lower falls. Usually fairly crowded given the easy access but lots of lesser traveled spur trails to access from all sides of the trail. Sandy pines to rhododendron - beautiful!

15 days ago

This is magnificent hike. It’s great for almost anyone. From Ochs Gateway to Point Park and back is just under 9 miles round trip. You could hike it in 3 hours or you could spend all day enjoying all the amazing rock formations, waterfalls and views. The trail is on the west side of the mountain so in the winter it’s chillier in the morning when the sun is not hitting you. Enjoy!

Very pleasant.

Beautiful. I personally think it’s tougher getting from mushroom rock down to the river than coming back up. It’s physically tough coming back up, but you need to watch your feet going down. Well worth it if your looking at this hike.

Beautiful, easy walk that leads to good sized waterfalls. Our parents, who are older and not in great physical shape, really enjoyed the trail too.

Fun hike and easy.

Amazing hike with gorgeous waterfalls!! There’s no markings but you can follow where others have walked/hiked. Lots of rock hopping so be careful.

23 days ago

We loved this trail the views are amazing!!

30 days ago

One of my favorite places to go hiking, there’s so many places to stop for views and photos on the way to the trails. The trails are fun to hike and not too difficult, there are many different trails so there are plenty of reasons to revisit, not to mention the waterfall on the Benton Falls trail. There is also a swimming area with a beach, a picnic area, camping, etc.

1 month ago

My friend and I had a great time hiking to the falls. the trail was easy to follow with green/pink markings at every river crossings. There were about 7 crossings each 2-3 feet deep. Expect to get a little wet. Best to just plunge right in because there are not many safe, dry places to cross. The falls were tall and beautiful, and there is a nice flat campground at the top if you want to spend the night.

1 month ago

My boyfriend found this trail for us to explore this weekend - told me to prepare for water crossings (my feet hate cold water). We took our 2 year old AmStaff out and managed around 8 fordings to get to the falls! Absolutely beautiful trail with rhododendron and pines and creekside the whole time. The creeks were wide but not too difficult - most around knee deep for me (5'3") The falls were rushing and a great place to rest for the hike back. A few short sections of elevation gain but not bad. We stayed relatively dry until the very last fording back - laughed our way to the car :) Did right at 6 miles to the falls and back. Trail easy to follow as long as you look for the orange and pink tape and neon green blazes. Some nice looking stealth sites along the way - can't wait to go back and finish the trail up the mountain and do some camping.

Loved it amazing. I went November with beautiful coloring of leaves and walked the trail then down the steps .

nice little trail with a pleasant reward at the falls

1 month ago

Just count on getting your shoes wet. Have a spare pair in your car (size 9-1/2) or carry them in your daypack if you want dry shoes. Otherwise, this is an excellent workout and coordination trail! enjoy. (study map before embarking, as most of the "fords" are diagonal.

Easy trail to the bluff with an amazing view!!!

be prepared to go up alot of steps. beautiful falls . crazy busy

My wife and I along with 6 friends took this hike today. We had a great time, good trail and beautiful falls!

We went the wrong way up by mistake but it was a good choice. Trail is not easy but was fun. The view from the top is a great panoramic one. The view of the falls from the bottom of the steps was the best. Great day.

Took the AT approach trail to walk the steps up. The steps are not for the faint of heart. The views of the falls on the way up are great. And at the top is awesome. Took the East trail on the way back down. Very rocky at the top. Watch your footing so as to not roll an ankle. The trail itself is nice, wooded.

This very easy trail was a pleasure, just a stroll really. There is a beautiful drive to get to the trail head. The facilities include a rest room and picnic area. The out and back walk is a little uneven with roots and rocks, so be a little extra careful in the fall when the path is covered with leaves. The last section down to the falls is a tad tricky but so worth it.

This trail it's self is nothing to talk about, but the falls are decent.

This is a great little hike, although you could make it longer and keep going down other connecting trails. Parking is very easy at the Craven House, I think the previous review didn’t realize this. The view from the top is fantastic, a must do if you’re in Chatanooga.

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