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.

backpacking
4 days ago

We just hiked this on 10/10/18 . I can tell you that the trails are not clearly marked. the trail head does t even tell you your at conasauga river trail. it's just a big sign with a blurry map and you walk dow a road a little with a little wooden sign that just says trail. almost missed it. once you get to the river it is beautiful down there. but it's very hard to tell which way to go. we went left oops. haha wrong way came back after a pretty good distant walk. went right this time. found the trail most of the way think we crossed the river 5 times. before we couldn't see a trail anymore so we gave up found a camping spot and camped for the night. that was the night of hurricane Michael. well we woke up and the rover did rise quite a bit and was flowing fast so we decided to pack up and head back. Just wish the trails where clearly marked in some way. even with just marking tape . other then that we will be back to do it again!!!

easy and great short hike!

This was a GREAT hike with GREAT views. Would definitely do it again. Only downside is you can’t access the top of the lookout tower. Highly recommend!!

Awesome hike! Started at the chestnut lead trailhead and hiked down to the river trail. The river crossings are a lot of fun but make sure you have sturdy shoes and two hiking poles. There are multiple crossings! And as a FYI the hike back up the chestnut lead trail is a killer - basically straight uphill for two miles. But overall an amazing hike!

hiking
13 days ago

Attempted this hike a couple of weeks ago, but there was a wasp's nest on the trail and we got stung! Will be returning to try again soon, with longer socks and quicker speed. Everything was fine until then. Trail was quiet and pleasant on a Thursday evening.

Trail is tough, but short. I've hiked this trail many times over the last 10 years - it used to be pristine and beautiful, however I hiked it again more recently after a few years of not doing so and it's terrible. The trail is heavily eroded and there is evidence of disrespectful humans everywhere to include garbage and graffiti. It's sad that this once incredible trail is so overused and abused. I'm not sure why people can't pack out their garbage (it's only just over a mile!) and resist the urge to deface every tree limb and rock face. The views are spectacular - you can see across state lines on a clear day, but I mourn for its former beauty. Seeing this trail in its current state is deeply saddening.

Great for a moderate hike and a pretty waterfall at the end. Camped there a few times and will continue to go back!

hiking
22 days ago

Great little hike. Didn’t take but 1.5 hours to get to the falls. Pack a swimsuit as it a beautiful place to swim if the weather is right. Great because it follows the trail. Trail can get slippery when wet. Saw two snakes so best to be on the lookout.

hiking
22 days ago

This was a Super Hike! We only hiked to the Panther Creek Falls, which was plenty!
7 miles round trip and we had no desire to go beyond the falls. It was a warm day and there were plenty of people and dogs! We had lunch and waded into the water. Delightful! The hike was pretty energetic with so many uphills, and downhills with tree roots for steps and boulders to slide down or climb up. We will definitely hike this trail again in October or November. There are many visitors to these falls and it was pretty busy on the Sunday we were there. Next time we’ll go during the week.

beautiful camp, check before you go. some of the trails are closed due to storm damage

hiking
23 days ago

Very nice hike when combined with Preachers rock.

Summit, 8am 9.23.18. Overall vegetation is still thick, mud and dry conditions on the trail from the AT > Cowrock > Wildcat > Shelter. Warm, 75-80. Blue skies and sunshine.

This a really good trail, just like everything else that I have done on the AT. Be aware of the road going to Three Forks, it gets pretty rough at times. We did this on 9-22-2018. The road was recently scraped, so you should be able to get there in just about any vehicle. I also think it's unfair to give this trail a low rating because of the road conditions.

perfect trail

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was nice being right next to the creek the whole way, was soothing hearing the mini rapids. The falls was like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, well in a sense. :)

Great hike that was really fun. Excellent view at the tower!!

Tough trail if you are not in shape. Plus side is it is short.But Straight up. Views are worth it though.

1 month ago

Love hiking on this trail. Rarely run into another person.

hiking
1 month ago

Further than you think.....Writing a review to hopefully help out others trying to get this state high point via hiking (as opposed to driving to the parking lot and taking the paved path). I parked at Jacks Gap (180 spur). I was pressed for time and thought I would have no problem since the reported distance to Brasstown Bald was about 2.3 miles....well, this is only to the parking lot. You still have to cross the lot and head up the 0.6 mile path to the tower...this added mileage makes a difference and I did get caught in the dark on my way back down. Thankfully I was prepared (as even for an estimated 4.6 mile hike I still had plenty of water and my headlamp...can never be over-prepared). Wish I would have had more time at this state high point as it was a neat observation tower and the views were very pretty. My AllTrails app tracked me at 6.2 miles and 2231 elevation gain....so plan on closer to 6 miles RT if you take 180 spur Jacks Gap to the top of the observation tower. Agree with other reviews....lots of switchbacks and pretty steep trail without much undulating. Hope that helps some people!!

hiking
1 month ago

awesome hike! lots of spots to camp. some difficulties but just take it slow and practice safety you will be fine. most of the trail is an easy walk. enjoy!

backpacking
1 month ago

My second time here. Definitely worth the drive from Orlando.
What I like about this trail is that you are hiking along the water.

You definitely need to be in shape for this one! We kept going after the first waterfall which led to another waterfall. I thought it was a moderate hike but it was too much for my husband. I had 2 liters of water and he had 3, and we both ran out about a mile from the trailhead, making the last bit very difficult. I would recommend this trail in the cooler months; July was too hot and there were a lot of wasps

hiking
1 month ago

I will say I liked this trail, but there are some things that people should be aware of. 1. Wear hiking boots/shoes. There are lots of roots and wet spots, you'll want a little grip. 2. carry 2 bottles of water per person. If you do this during the summer you'll definitely want it, if not a 3rd. 3. I took my mom. She's not a hiker and It was a trail I had never been on before. This trail was very difficult for her. She didn't get all the way to the end as she was worn out. 4. The last part of the trail is harder and more steep, just be prepared for it. It also has downed grab fences because of trees in that area. It's a very pretty waterfall and a good workout. I will be going back and enjoying nature there again. Happy trails all.

Live very close to Panther Creek. I have done the trail at all times of the year. It is always beautiful.

I'm sure it would have been a beautiful trail if I could have gotten there. Road to trailhead was impassable with a normal 2 wheel drive vehicle. Just be aware! Will try again another time!

My nephew and I had a awesome time hiking down and staying there for two nights The folks that work there are so friendly and helpful. The food was awesome you felt like you were getting home cooking. They even had their own special desserts.. very clean nothing like taking a hot shower after hiking all day parade we saw flowers and plants that I have never seen before one was a beautiful red lily. From what I was told.

This was a great hike, lightly traveled. paths were pretty well marked and the camp out alcoves gave us a great spot to sting up out hammock and take a lunch break. while we did not stay at the inn, we did go by it and it looked very nice. we took a break in the front verandah and refused in the shade with a power bar. according to my gps watch we did the trail in 6 hours with a couple breaks and from door of our car back to the door of our car it was 10.71 miles. we parked in the lot at the top of the falls by the snack stand. oh yes, there was a snack stand and restrooms which was nice! ... I'm writing this review late. we hiked on Saturday 8/11/18.

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