Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Chattahoochee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Super beautiful view. The hike is a bit tough at times with a big pack. Day hike highly recommend.
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hiking
5 days ago

This is a great hike. To the falls and back is about 7 miles it’s very scenic along the way with some technical spots. Bring a hammock and and enjoy the waterfall it’s a great place to take a dip and cool off before heading back. Lots of great camping sites along this trail too. The last section to get down to the falls is a little steep and the hand railings with cables came out of the ground so be careful especially if hiking with a dog or small child.

trail running
10 days ago

beautiful to difficult in places to really run or jog but a great hike water proof boots would be good especially if it's been raining

backpacking
11 days ago

Backpacked this trail early May 2018. Parked at the end of the trail.

Day one hiked from mile 11 to mile 7.
Day two day packed from mile 7 to 3 and back to 7.
Day three hiked back to car.

Loved not having to carry much water around with me. Just filtered a liter or two at a time as we hiked along the river.
Made the mistake of wearing open toed Tevas. While it was nice being able to get them wet, they were slippery on the rocks and actually broke halfway through the trip

My biggest regret on this trip was not bringing hiking poles. Would have made the crossings way easier.

Would advise lining your pack with a trash bag for when you inevitably take a dip in the river.

River Crossings:
Depending on if it rained recently, you might not be able to safely cross. It hadn’t rained in the week before going, and it was still pretty hard to cross in some areas. This made for a great challenge! Sometimes hard to find the right place to cross. Sometimes the trail crossing spot is too dangerous, and you have to walk down or upstream to find a good crossing point. The rocks in the water were pretty slippery.

We were never worried about getting swept down the river, more just falling in and getting the packs drenched. I fell in a few times :)

Camping:
There were a few camp spots between 11 and 9, but very few between 9 and 6. South of 6 there were a ton! The campsites were somewhat dirty and could use a visit by rangers.

Trail:
The elevation change in the trail was easy. The trail was very poorly marked between miles 11 and 6. While you can’t get lost (you just follow the river), you’re kind of bushwhacking it in this section. Lots of poison ivy around but we never got it - probably because we were constantly getting washed off in the river. Bring cream just in case.

Miles 3-6 were much better traveled and the trails were clear.

Overall really liked this hike and would visit it again.

This trail is a must if you enjoy hiking. The sounds of rushing water as you’re hiking is so peaceful. Some parts of this trail are steep as you approach the waterfall. I recommend hiking boots and not sneakers! This is my favorite trail so far... it’s beautiful.

awesome place to hike. Beautiful scenery and the sounds of the water follow you through the hike.

Hike from hog mountain to cow rock mountain. Cool hike as the fog was sticking to the trees.

Went north from 180 spur to the Brasstown Bald parking lot. Counted 47 s witchbacks, give or take, along the 2.3 mile course. Went in late March, no flowers yet, but I can imagine it being spectacular when the rhododendrons and mountain laurels are in bloom. definitely easier on the way down

I hiked this trail on April 1st with two 11 year olds and one 8 year old. One of the 11 year olds (shorter) and the 8 year old (very short for age) had a little bit difficult of a time getting up to the top but once we got there they were so glad we went! Beautiful view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice and diferente scene true the trail love it

Another great section of the AT!

This trail is no longer closed. It was an excellent hike, with waterfalls, creeks, elevation, and views.

7 days of hard hiking, but totally Awesome. We backpacked to Albert Mountain

Started at Tesnatee Gap and hiked up to Cowrock Mountain for sunrise this week. Trail was nice and not too difficult in my opinion. Trail was easy to follow even in the dark. The view was beautiful. Easy for dogs.

2/27/18: It was not as impressive as Big Cedar Mountain but still fun.

Pretty dope trail. Super easy. Amazing view!

This morning we parked at Hogpen Gap and started out for the day with cloudy skies and awesome temps. The hike up Wildcat Mt is uphill out of the gate but not a bad climb. The views from the top were not there because of clouds and fog. Steep decline into Tesnatee. Cowrock wasn’t too bad a climb, moderate. The views came and went on the summit depending on how the wind blew the fog. I did manage to get a few good pics. We met some thru-hikers coming back down into Tesnatee Gap. The hike back across Wildcat was pretty tough going up but caught some good views at the top. By the time we were back to Hogpen Gap the skies were clearing so hikers up top during the afternoon probably had better views. Great hike though. 3 hours total and that was not pushing it. Highly recommend this one. Head on down into Helen GA if you’ve never been!!

Amazing!
Tough yes but, totally worth it for the views and the breathtaking scenery.

backpacking
3 months ago

Only saw 3 other backpackers. They were a few blow downs on the trail that we had to cut trails around. There’s a creek crossing about 7 miles in from the hwy 76 trailhead that was a little challenging to cross.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike had plenty of beautiful scenery. Just don't misstep while you are looking at it. Trail can be very technical in spots and should probably be rated as hard for that fact. Great day hike though.

Hiked this section of the AT at the beginning of last April. Due to my line of work, I am unable to take off an extended amount of time to allow me to thru-hike.. so I’m forced to section hike it. They claim that this is the toughest part of the Appalachian Trail. I’m not so sure about all of that, but it is rather tough in certain spots. A lot of elevation gain/loss in a short distance, but the rewards (views) are so worth it. 10/10.. after I have completed the whole trail, I’d love to do Georgia again. I like to day-hike portions of it. Preachers Rock and Blood Mountain to Neels Gap are awesome day hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Uhhh The Chattooga Trail is alot more than 20 miles. It goes all the way up to Ellicott Rock at the Ga and NC line.

hiking
3 months ago

I can’t imagine anyone saying anything negative about hiking at Panther Creek Falls other than the growing amount of trash I see there each time I hit the trail.
There is quite a bit a blowdown but the effort made to clean it up is obvious. The trail is fairly wide open and easy to navigate. I would recommend a good pair of boots and not sneakers that you use to run to the grocery store.

I started my hike at Hogpen Gap. Hogpen Gap to Cowrock Mtn.
Since I can’t/couldn’t find a check-in for that, I just used this one. Close enough.
Hiked up from Hogpen and down to Whitley Gap Shelter then back up to Wildcat Mtn down to Tesnatee Gap and then up to Cowrock Mtn.
6.2 miles total.
The trail to Whitley Shelter has a couple amazing views and campsites along the way. The hike down the Shelter is easy, the hike back out and up is not quite so easy. It’s a little bit of a climb.
Hiking up Wildcat from the Shelter Trail was pretty easy, not bad at all. The decent down Wildcat was a breeze to Tesnatee Gap. Climbing up Cowrock Mtn was a little challenging but not bad. It’s a long climb up. The views at the top are stunning! There are three (+) scenic camping spots up there. Two of which are off on a pig trail and need to be looked for to find. I’ll include these in my photos on here.
The descent down Cowrock back to Tesnatee was quick and easy. The climb up Wildcat from Tesnatee... is TOUGH!
Lots of beautiful views to be seen. Giant boulders and rocks along the trail. Snow still laying around. A few icy spots. Several muddy spots. To be expected of course.
Overall GREAT hike! Enjoyed the day SO much.

This is hands down the best hike in the state of Georgia for those who like a spectacular challenge with a big payoff. I love to backpack this one, especially in the warmer months so I can take a dip and cool off in the falls.

backpacking
4 months ago

did a 2 day stretch here in july. 35 miles. we only came across 1 water supply so make sure you pack plenty of water. also depending on where you start finding a camp site cam either be really easy or a nightmare. there are stretches where you just cannot find a flat or safe camp site, and other areas like the clover field we came across(we were shy by .25 mile from this site our first night and if we just spent 10 min more would have found it) that was a page out of the bible, glorious heaven. i would suggest a partner, the trail could be very lonely, very rarely traveled, and i brought a safety device for this reason. all in all i would do this trail again in a heartbeat

Solid short easy trail. It’s a decent ascent on the way up, but it’s short and the hike down is super easy. Once you get to the first view keep walking for a hundred yards or so and an even better view opens up on the left side

Fairly easy trail. Just uphill 90% of the way in. Coming out is a breeze. has a great view from summit. I went on a foggy day and the trail can seem spooky like a Stephen King novel. Paved parking at trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful trail. lots of scenery and terrain changes. followed the river except where fallen trees caused reroutes. however, about 4 miles in, the fallen trees become impassible so you can't get to yonah falls. clearly there is maintenance of the trail going on. otherwise, well marked. was quiet with only two other travelers in my early morning passing, but it was Christmas day.

great hike for experienced backpacker/hikers. steep ascend to Blue Mountain Shelter, very crowded after 5PM on Sat 11/18. if you're going to that shelter, get an early start in case you want to set camp away from the shelter. it was tough setting my hammock and tarp in the rain after sunset.

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