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1st half moderate and 2nd challenging at times. It’s worth the effort for the peace and nice breeze

Hiked from Brasstown Bald to Trackrock Gap! Being a senior citizen (70) & “flatlander” (Louisiana), I thought I’d try the predominantly downhill trail first! Look forward to going back later in the fall for more great views! Other reviewers mentioned the tough “uphill” from Trackrock at the beginning, but it wasn’t a picnic for these tired old knees going downhill either! Very little water so better pack yours in! Definitely take hiking sticks! Lifesavers! 3 1/2 hours! Not bad for an old guy! Hike on!

hiking
5 days ago

Great views

Great views from the top! Kicks your butt a little. Totally worth it!

hiking
6 days ago

Lovely views. I could see all the way to Atlanta from the top. The trail is difficult for beginners and moderate for the average hiker. It is just almost non-stop inclines all the way up. The trail is marked, but be sure to keep an eye out for markers on the way up and down as there are several side trails, and it's not always well marked.

You can make this a long or a short hike. Either way you do it you won't be disappointed.

Not too difficult with great views

Great views at the top.

Just a heads up: the trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the parking lot. Don't make the mistake I made, and take the game trail in front of the parking lot.

hiking
13 days ago

first time on this trail, and we loved it. the views at the top are well worth the hike.

backpacking
13 days ago

BALLBUSTER!
As mentioned previous, $5 parking fee but after 10pm they lock the place down so I felt pretty safe about leaving my vehicle parked there.
Went in to get my BC permit. $18! With my Sr. discount, and tax of course, $15.41. For one night.
Reckon that money goes towards clearing the umpteen thousand blowdowns. Not!
Regardless, if someone is looking for a ballbusting, shakedown trail, this is it.
No matter which way you go, it's about 2 miles up and out. With a stout climb in the middle to the top campsites. We stayed at Lookoff CS #2. I think.
I've been section hiking the AT and this trail was comparable to any of that.
I carried about 30lbs to try out a new pack so I made this harder on myself too.
And I'm 65, albeit healthy, years old.
Plenty of water except on top. Numerous stream crossings but with bridges. One stream followed the trail for a bit. Nothing harmful to any but the most tragically hip sneakers. Which I definitely do not recommend anyway.
As stated, lots of trees down on the trail. Hey, it's the backcountry.
I give this trail 5 stars out of respect. There aren't any really serious views and you mostly hike under canopy.
But, when finished, I was beat! And today, front of my thighs and my calves are telling me I had a workout.
Do this.

Not sure where the poster was at who said Jack's River trail was closed but my wife and I just went up Labor Day weekend. No signs at Dally Gap saying it was closed we hiked in 19 river crossing before setting up camp. yes the storms have drastically altered the trail. Between river crossings 2 and 3 is the most difficult. But after that it got a little easier. I always bring my machete since trails like this change all the time. the next day we made our usual light pack to go the rest way to the falls. unfortunately the trial was too obliterated and I just didnt feel like hacking through it. hopefully they get the crew out soon to do some clean up. even with out the falls it's always great camping trip.

good view

17 days ago

relentlessly uphill. beautiful views from top overlooking valleys below

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail even with all the leaves on the trees. That said, I plan to re-hike this great trail this winter. Started the hike from the Trailhead at Trackrock Gap. About the first 1.5 miles, I didn't find it brutal at all. It was a steady climb with a number of switch backs and never really leveled off until the ridgeline was gained. I'm not a particularly fast hiker and average just a little over 2mph including photo stops and short bushwhacks (like Locust Log Ridge and Chimneytop). As I write this, I am a couple weeks short of 64. Don't let some of the negative comments about the first 1.5 miles of the trail scare you away. It is a fantastic trail. Once I hit the Brasstown Bald parking lot (huge) I headed to the end and took Wolfpen Ridge Trail to the peak of Wolfpen Ridge (South) and a little beyond then I turned around and went back to the Brasstown Bald parking (the other end) and took the paved trail to the top. At the Visitor's Center (top of the mountain) I asked an attendant where the official top of the mountain was. She took me out to the breezeway between the Visitor Center and the Theater where she unlocked a door that had a stairway leading down (basement?) on the very top step she pointed to a USGS Benchmark. I took a picture of the BM and put my foot on it. Returning to the parking lot I used a two car shuttle to return to my parked car at Trackrock Gap. Great hike.

so I have to give my daughter a shout out she is only 5years old and she hiked from Daniel Boone boys scout camp to the summit of Cold Mountain and back in one day. We hiked it as a family I carried our 2year old in a pack on my back and the wife carried all our food and water. We started at 9:15am and made it back to the truck at 7:25pm. it was tough and we had to take plenty of breaks but I don't know how many other 5year olds can say they have done it. Next time I believe we will camp though.

hiking
18 days ago

It’s a workout but the views are worth it. In spring and summer there is a full canopy so you are in shade. Really no difficult scrambling.
The army rangers use the area sometimes so you may see helicopters along with the wildlife and beautiful vistas.

As of 9/2/18 the Jacks River Trail is CLOSED due to storm damage. It's an amazing trail and hopefully they will open again soon but as of now, hike at your own risk. There are a lot of rangers in the area. If you do brave it, there is some serious dead fall (full tree piles) on the river side trails you will have to forge around. It's closed for a reason, so be prepared. Beech Bottom to the falls is also closed but see my review there for more info.

hiking
21 days ago

This hike in my opinion has the best view in north Georgia. The hike itself is a little challenging but nothing crazy by any means. Go do it!

Good hike, the elevation is good and challenging. Views up top were nice.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike! Loved the workout of the incline & the views from the top. Pretty crowded on a Sunday mid day. Trail itself changes constantly, I feel it was more rocky than dirt. ❤️ it wasn’t as difficult as I imagined but I can see where some people would have difficulty.

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing views. Strenuous hike but the summit is breathtaking.

hiking
27 days ago

Brett below is right about the first 1.7 miles. It's a tough start! There are other uphill portions too, but none that difficult. Still, if you have enough water, it's doable. Some of the more level bits in the middle offer some through-the-trees views of other mountains, and other parts wind through classic Appalachian hollows. The "last" section (before you turn around) starts at the ranger station and has you walk up a steep paved path to the highest point in Georgia: Brasstown Bald. There should be some spectacular views if it isn't hazy. That portion is accessible by car, and so you'll be joined by some more casual hikers. There's also a visitor center up there.

Trail is dog friendly, although there is no water except the fountains and vending at the ranger station.

There are some well established camp sites right at the beginning of the trail, once I got past those it was complete solitude. Saw 3 people over 24 hours. Trail itself runs along the Chatooga and there are about 6 dispersed camping sites Allen g it’s banks. There aren’t any huge inclines/declines but plenty of fallen trees, washed out trails, etc to keep you on your toes. Would recommend it for those looking to get away from the crowded North Georgia areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty tough hike but so well worth it once you see some of the views.

Getting my butt up that mountain was definitely a great work out but it wasn’t as challenging as I thought it was going to be based off the reviews. Also... I was super nervous to bring my dogs after reading the reviews as well but my two 60+ lbs dogs made it up no problem!! They really enjoyed it!! Super fun hike.. well maintained trail... only downside is there was a scorpion in the bargirls bathroom

walking
1 month ago

Hike/walk. The incline is absolutely killer but it’s a great workout and the views are gorgeous, on the way up and very rewarding at the top. Recommended!!

Tough hike for me but well worth the views at the top. Will do this one again.

Trail is tough. Not super crowded. No views, but beautiful area. Summer growth is over taking trail in places.

Beautiful. Loved the views. Multiple snack encounters. Each with copperheads and very large rattle snack. Otherwise lovely!! Haha!

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