Explore the most popular river 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.

Love this hike, I’ve done it 3 times now!

Super beautiful view. The hike is a bit tough at times with a big pack. Day hike highly recommend.
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hiking
11 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
16 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
17 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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Often referred to as The Hanging Bridge Trail? We elected to drive to the trail head to the bridge. Several hikers were on the FS road and we heard that it was an easier walk then the trail it’s self. The trail from the parking to the bridge was short and well worn. Parking at the trailhead as well as back on the main road was very crowded. The reward at the end, the Swinging Bridge was beautiful and worth the effort. Due to it being spring break it was crowded and a little trashy.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice and diferente scene true the trail love it

2 months ago

Markings for the trail aren’t all that great, but as it follows a river, not too hard to find your way. Generally a nice, quiet trail. Not too busy or difficult, with some pretty nice views of the river.

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

Such a beautiful waterfall and lots of trails!

The trail hasn't been taken care of from what I could see. Used the recorded trail map given and it was difficult to follow due to no cell service (you have to buy pro to use offline). Got lost a few times due to the lack of upkeep (fallen trees) on the trail and there were multiple pathways from the main trail. There is also a Ranger area that was restricted near the trail. Also, if you're okay with your shoes getting wet or taking off your shoes, you cross the river on this hike. Didn't get to complete the entire trail due to the sun setting and it raining on us halfway. Aside from that, it was beautiful and would definitely go back to clear up the trail and try again.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail itself is very nice, good grounds for exploring and getting a little solitude! I knock it two whole stars due to the extreme difficulty the road leading to the trail head in Suches, GA provides for any car that isn't a tricked out Jeep Wrangler. The drive in from the road to the trail head is probably a little over a mile, yet took me over an hour altogether to get in and out. I'd never been more grateful for a little even pavement after that!

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.

Well maintained trail. Easy to Moderate stroll to pretty impressive waterfalls. plenty of area for back country camping.

You have to drive through a creek to get up the mountain but my Chevy Cruze did fine with it. The trail is nice and the waterfalls are beautiful! And the last one is a lot bigger than I thought it would be.

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
4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Well worth the Trip!! Plan to return for some overnight trips!!

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.

A couple of great waterfalls. Short hike but worth it. Return incline steep. Hard to get to bc of creek you drive through. Many won’t want to do that.

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

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