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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.

A very enjoyable trail overall. Not much to see once you are at the top but the climb more than makes up for it. Do not be put off because it says that it's strenuous. It is manageable for people of average fit and not as strenuous as described. Great short trail if you have only a little time!

Beautiful hike upstream the whole way. Get there early to avoid crowds and it's a really nice hike!

A moderate hike. I wasn't as impressed by the falls at the end as others. A little difficult in some sections with little kids when you had to scramble over the rocks. I doubt I would do this hike again. I am more into hikes with a gorgeous view at the end.

Great place for a quick overnight hiking camping trip. I loved the crash camping style of many of the hiking locations. It really feels like you're in the middle of nowhere.

Only downside was the trash around the falls. It's a heavily trafficked spot during the day (not too many camp out) so some garbage accumulates.

Definitely enter from the western trailhead. The eastern trail has many downed trees from a storm and getting through requires crossing a quick moving stream a few times.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Solid moderate out and back hike. The first mile is busy with campers but the last mile is much quieter. Lots of others on the trail later in the morning but worth the hike to see the awesome falls. Lots of small falls the whole way then a super unique fall at the end. Plenty of places to take a dip alone the way if the season is right also.

Great trail with a little of everything!

backpacking
9 days ago

We did an out and back backpacking trip here in October, during the week. Heavily trafficked even on the weekdays. We came out on a Saturday, in the rain, and passed no less than 30 people on the trail heading west-to-east. West-to-east to the falls is an easy hike and we saw a family of 4 kids, none older than 7 years old, at the waterfall. We did not continue to the other end but rather set up camp back around mile 2.5. Best tent campsite we saw was around mile 3 heading west-to-east. It sits next to a cascading waterfall, but even that campsite lacked privacy. Campsites are plentiful, but all of them we saw lack privacy and some of them will have people walking right through your camp. It seems you can camp right at the falls if you don't mind your campsite being shared by many during the day. Water for filtering is plentiful. Hammock sites at the falls are limited. The trail has been recently maintained and the logfall across the trail removed. Two stars only because we like solitude. If you like your hikes to be more of a social experience, you might give it 5 stars.

what a workout.. loved every moment

Hiked from the western trailhead to the eastern and back on 10/5. The easterly trip was tough due to many downed trees on the eastern half of the trail after the falls. This made things nearly impassable in places however after forcing my way I met 3 guys with chainsaws doing trail maintenance and the westerly trip back was significantly easier as they had cut a path through the worst of it (major props guys TY). As others have mentioned the eastern section is substantially more difficult, and many of the safety wires/railings are either completely torn down or unstable so do not grab the wires expecting them to support you without testing them first - some of the falls could be serious. All in all a great hike!