Explore the most popular birding 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
10 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.

hiking
13 days ago

This was a difficult hike but it's also short with some really good views on the top. I would have gave it 4 stars but the place is pretty trashed out. There was trash everywhere!

trail running
15 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
16 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.

trail is a short but steep scenic hike. I've done lots of hiking and this a challenging hike, but short. steep at sections with rocks and roots....plenty of opportunity to roll an ankle, etc.
But if you are in decent shape it shouldn't be a problem.
scenic vista from top.
I prefer more secluded trails, but easily acceptable and close to Chattanooga.

very clearly marked trail. easy in and moderate out. good camping spot. beautiful waterfall.

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.

This trail for the length is pretty difficult. For someone in their twenties and one in their forties, we both struggled; luckily there is plenty of rock to take a break. Loved the trail and views. Worth the work!

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

Trail chasming from improper use where others are “shortcutting” instead of using switchbacks. Overall a decent walk - some nice spots - great sunsets. Also makes nice moonlit hikes - easy to get to - but trail starts at state patrol barracks which is 2/10 mile away from church parking. National Historic and State Historic plagues detailing Flooded Gap, Defense of Dalton and Atlanta Campaign are found at state patrol barracks parking.

Love this area. Quiet and secluded camping and high shoals falls has always been a favorite of mine. Short fun hike down to the falls and worth the treck back!

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

I started at the top of the falls and made a 9 mile hike to Springer mountain parking lot, where I was picked up. I earned my Appalachian trail right of passage. seeing the first white blaze on Springer was almost a spiritual experience.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was just ok. It’s nowhere near as strenuous as other reviews make it out to be. If you’re somewhat fit you can easily make it to the top. It starts out flat but quickly changes to a very steep incline. We stopped a few times to catch our breath but it didn’t take more than 30 minutes to get to the top. There is some erosion towards the top and some fallen trees and branches that hang over the trail but I don’t think that was the proper trail. People have made new paths to avoid the switchbacks. Stick to the trail people. The view isn’t that spectacular at the top but the hike up is a good quick workout so I wasn’t mad. There is a service road if you keep walking past the little benches and podium. I’ve heard it leads somewhere close to Dalton State.

This trail was beautiful and the falls are wonderful! Fairly easy trail, but follow the turn backs to the falls because if you follow the trail straight thru, it'll dead end into private property.

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!

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

Fun trail. Steep and quick. Starts off easy, but when u hit the steps!!! Get ready. Nice view at the top. Once you get to the amphitheater it’s really it as far as view...trail continues a bit, but eventually turns into a vehicle access road, don’t know where that ends up, would be fun if ur a runner.

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.

Such a beautiful waterfall and lots of trails!

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.

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