Explore the most popular camping 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.

hiking
8 days 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. :)

16 days ago

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

hiking
20 days 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!

It was a short hike from the parking area to the suspension bridge. Once there it was very scenic with lots of open forest with a fire ring or two. It was easy access to the Taccoa River where dogs can get a drink and swim. After crossing the bridge we the hiked up to the mountain top. There are no views up there but it was a nice work out with beautiful summer foliage.

backpacking
22 days 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
25 days 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.

It’s a trail by a river and miles of it, it’s alright.

hiking
1 month ago

One of personal favorite waterfalls in Georgia. I am totally in love with this beauty. A fabulous hike to the fall a great workout of about 7.5 mile. I have visited here quite a few times and ready to be there anytime again.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a wonderful hike today with my wife. The falls are so worth the trip. But as others have said boots not shoes. I'm also looking to go back and enjoy some camping along the trail.

Great little hike. Most of it is easy but about 1/4 mile is uphill. Nice camping spots along the trail!

Beautiful. Loved the views. Multiple snack encounters. Each with copperheads and very large rattle snack. Otherwise lovely!! Haha!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike to the waterfall and back out the same way, which is 7 miles and is what most people do, as the part past the waterfall to the other trail head is very steep and difficult. The 7 mile hike that we did to the waterfall and back is along the creek and very fun, with ups and downs and boulders and such to climb around. You can swim at the pool in front of the waterfall, and many people set up hammocks or tents and hang around for the day. Lovely.

Be cautious after rain, muddy steps on steep inclines make this trail dangerous

Some of these reviews were making me nervous to do it, but it ended up being not too bad. To experience the falls from the lower level was amazing and definitely worth scooting on our butts with a 70 lb pit bull. We couldn’t find the part with ropes. Always use caution though, it’s that slick dirt, thank goodness for all the roots and trees. Pictures on my instagram! @mcken__z

on Panther Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate is a good description for this hike. The beginning has some hilly areas with the middle a mostly flat jaunt through the woods. As you near the waterfall, the trail becomes more difficult but it’s worth it!! I love trails that follow the streams so that you can hear the rushing water for the majority of the hike. Beautiful waterfall!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Get there early to avoid the people, gets busy fast. Wonderful waterfalls and an awesome workout. My pup loved it. Some spots were tricky but then again my dog is blind. Totally would do this trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

Warning to folks hiking from the east trailhead near Yonah Damn: four large downed trees across the already treacherous part above the creek about .6-.7 miles in. Not passable for most dogs and a workout for humans. Must have been a tornado or microburst because it seemed to be the only part effected.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great hike! You definitely need to be in shape because, on the way back it’s rough!!! The waterfall is beautiful

trail running
2 months ago

Lots of roots grown just right for stubbing toes. Some easy rock faces to cross, and some helpful wire guides to keep from falling. The Falls are worth seeing, but the litter is not. I came out on a Tuesday morning in late July and came across a dozen people.

backpacking
2 months ago

great hike for a quick backpacking trip!

Beautiful there and back trip, with a water fall at the end to make it all worth it.

Great trail! good sight seeing can be slippery not a lot of bugs problems. Fun for camping! The waterfall is worth the hike great view of scenery !

nature trips
2 months ago

slightly challenging but fun! it was muddy and humid when we went but nothing unbearable. Wearing dri fit clothing helped with that. There were about 5 campsites along the trail before the warerfall that I think would be great to stay at.

I did lower half of the trail it was challenging but fun. I got lost few times and water was little higher then I expected.

backpacking
2 months ago

First things - we started from the end (Hwy 28) and hiked south, and we did not hike the entire trail. We only hiked to Earl's Ford (it was my daughters first backpacking trip and we wanted to keep it light.

I guess I was just hoping for more highlights. We though a lunch at Earls Ford would be nice - play in the water and then work our way back... Earls Ford is beautiful and would be a perfect picnic spot, except for the car campers and ORV folks. Lots of trash and trucks.

The trail isn't used much by hikers - we saw 1 hiker over the past 2 days. The campsites are large, but nothing too exceptional, and they seem to be spaced out ever 3 miles or so. There were a few sections with lots of horse traffic (although marked as hikers only), and the spiders are plentiful.

We'll try the south end of the trail in a few weeks.

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