Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Cohutta Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trust the other reviewers because my group didn’t and we low key paid for it. The trail is covered with fallen trees, so you’re basically climbing over trees and going through thorns and all sorts of other barriers.

hiking
muddy
over grown
18 days ago

Great trail, a little unkempt but a great challenge, I recommend a change of socks, and be ready to take it back to the 80’s it’s “Wet wet wet” at the crossings. Enjoy

Lots of river crossings you will get wet for sure. Challenging hike!

no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
23 days ago

most difficult trail I've ever hiked. trail is overgrown with thorns due to a recent fire killing off all the top growth, so no shelter from the sun either. went with a group whose hands and legs were shreaded by thorns by the end of this trip. There are also many downed trees making the trail difficult to navigate. Coming back from the falls along fought ridge trail, there is no obvious water source and you'll be going all uphill until the last mile or so. Would not hike this trail again.

Great trail for a challenge. Did it in 1 night, with a late start on day 1. We ended up hiking a lot of day 1 at night, which I don't recommend. TONS of water crossings, which gets pretty cold in the fall months at night. But the falls at the end are gorgeous! This is a great trek if you're looking for a bit of a challenge.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
blowdown
over grown
1 month ago

Went backpacking with a buddy starting at East Cowpen and headed onto Rough Ridge. This trail is both over grown and fairly untraveled, and seems to completely disappear at times, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Shoutout to my dude Clinton “The Machine” Tigges trekking it, we totally passed you. Made it past the falls on Jack’s River and camped just before the Horseshoe exchange. In the morning, we couldn’t find the intersection and wound up hiking about a mile up Jack’s. Gave up and decided to just hike back the way we came. Rough Ridge is ROUGH the uphill way, especially running into all the briers. Saw a bear and a wild boar on the way back, but both took off when they spotted us. Overall, beautiful hike with plenty of wildlife, but definitely go with pants on this one!

hiking
blowdown
over grown
1 month ago

East Cowpen and Rough Ridge are both in need of some serious trail maintenance. There is alot of down trees on the trail and briers galore. Bear scat along both cowpen and rough ridge. I ran into three black bears on rough ridge trail and one of them growled at me. I would not suggest hiking alone or without bear spray.

backpacking
blowdown
flooded
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Started at East Cowpen and went up rough ridge to Jacks River, then turned around deep into horseshoe. These trails are overgrown and full of fallen trees. Because of the fires, there is also a lot of new growth meaning lots of briers. Did see a bear on rough ridge near sunset along with a wild boar. Clinton "The Machine" Tigges was the only other hiker we saw on these trails. If you can handle the changes in terrain and altitudes, the views are worth it.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail with lots of scenic views and plenty of campsites. My only complaint is the lack of maintenance. I will definitely do this again.

Google Maps wasn’t able to get me to the trail head that is considered the start per AllTrails. I ended up getting on at the opposite end which turned out perfectly fine. This was a good trail while I was on the BMT and I would say on the easy side of moderate; however the rest of the trail is over 3 miles of forest road hiking that I am not a fan of. I didn’t run into a single person on the trail but passed cars on the road.

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Easy loop, with plenty of features and campsites to spare.

One of the most beautiful spots in the Cohutta is atop the falls. Careful because it's easy to lose the trail. For in shape and experienced hikers, it's awesome.

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