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The Chattahoochee National Forest covers 749,689 acres in north Georgia, managed by six ranger districts. Over 40 percent of the land in Fannin County is national forest land (106,000 acres). 40,006 acres are located in the Cohutta Ranger District and 66,097 in the Blue Ridge Ranger District. The forest receives more than 10 million visitors each year.
We loved it! It gets narrow and steep in areas but it is not that bad! We brought our dog and she loved it! We got there early and it was not crowded yet. It did start to get crowded when we left around 1:40. I recommend getting there early to beat the crowd. We also went on a Monday morning and I am sure that made it less crowded too.
Our family is hiking in sections. We have made it GA to NC border in 3 years. It is a great cheap family vacation with lots of bonding time.
I love this trail, I mean, I really love this trail! I've been hiking it for over 40 years. It is a moderate to strenuous hike that features steep inclines and nice smooth, flat areas. Lots of camping sites next to the steam it follows all the way to the falls and beyond. It's beautiful year round.
In the past few years I have watched it become abused by inconsiderate hikers and party minded locals using the trail as their outdoor living room. It's frustrating seeing the amount of trash they can leave, especially during the warmer months.
The trail is showing it's overuse, but still a magical hike and good way to shakedown equipment if planning on doing longer treks on trails like the AT. I often hike this trail in inclement to weather to test out new equipment and myself. This trail can become quite challenging in wet rainy or snowy conditions. Slow and steady and you will pretty much have the place to yourself.
I would ask if you do decide to hike this trail to please take a trash bag and pick up trash to hike out. Not only will it help keep this trail beautiful, it will make you feel like a champ for taking the time to care.
This is a great hike. The area is beautiful and there are lots of places to wander off the trail and explore. I agree with the moderate rating, mainly because the trail is narrow at times with lots of exposed roots. I did this with my kids who are 9 and 4. They loved it. I would have given it 5 stars but it was really crowded.