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Lots of downed trees makes the trail a bear to complete. Jack's River Falls was almost impossible to get to but fun nonetheless

Super cool trail, but we went the day after a storm and, due to down trees, could not complete. Great wildlife spotting! Saw a bear in the water, a wild turkey and a beaver! Butterfly central at the Hickory Ridge campsites.

hiking
30 days ago

Went today with my husband nice trail the first section creek crossing was the hardest .

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Easy trail, except from the parking lot to first creek crossing has some rough footing. 10 creek crossings to reach the falls, and 10 going back, of course! Some spots in the creek were ankle deep. Some were over my knees. Spectacular falls at the end. Be sure to continue the climb up above the first big fall, as there's another waterfall up above, and a perfect spot to rest. It felt 10 degrees cooler up there. Several pools of water to swim in also. Passed a handful of camp sites along the way. I definitely will hike this again, but not after a heavy rain. Could be treacherous. Also not in the winter!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike! a bit tricky at the first creek crossing, but other than that it's an excellent trail. you're definitely gonna get soaked.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with some of the best waterfalls and Creek views in North GA. Wet hike with 10 creek crossing so prepare to get wet from the waist down. Can be difficult to find the trails when you cross the river so look for the green blazes. “When in doubt, look across the river.” Waterfall at the end is worth the effort to get there.

Awesome trail!!!! Few things:
Parking: we parked where there’s a sign that says trailer parking (at Dally Gap). If you walk in straight ahead from parking and go towards the dally gap sign, you’ll be going clockwise around the loop starting out with river crossings and tougher terrain and If you walk up the little hill/trail a bit to the right where there’s a gate (old service road I think) you’ll be going counterclockwise around the loop starting with going down a ridge/mountain/hill towards the penitentiary trail

We went clockwise - the river crossings were AWESOME! Campsites were great - the one that’s about 2.4 miles in had a nice fire pit and was right by the river - beautiful little area

Trails a bit hard to follow with no markings - there was a group in front of us that pointed out where to cross the river twice that we probably would have missed - those were really the only 2 problem areas - they kept going too but then realized they weren’t on the trail anymore and went back to cross.

After about 8ish miles (don’t quote me) you’ll get to a really large, flat campground area where you’ll see the penitentiary trail signs (this is where you’ll go back to the parking lot, but if you want to go to the falls - you do - you’ll just keep going and when you come back this is where you’ll veer off to go back to the parking lot)

For the falls:
From that big campground area you’ll keep going and cross the river again, keep going on the trail for a ways, then you’ll find yourself at a part of the trail that looks like you should keep going along the river - or you can go up to the left (up a little rocky area - there were also sticks up and boulders trying to block the straight trail as that’s not what you want to take). Definitely go up to the left there, you’ll cross another little offshoot of the river - really small crossing - and then the trail goes right (to the left is the rough ridge trail - you’ll see the sign for it - go right!) follow that around and you have a couple more river crossings and you’ll see the beech bottom camping area - keep going - you’ll then see signs that say no horses (someone can put those up but no trail signs lmao) keep going again and you’ll get to the falls! Once you’re done at the falls go back to that same campsite area and then you’ll take the penitentiary trail back to the parking lot!

Hope this helps!

We did also have 2 copperheads right on the trail just before the big campsite area- so keep your eyes open as always!

Had to cross the creek so many times. There are snakes but absolutely beautiful waterfalls and swimming areas the water is cold which is nice when you are hot!

hiking
1 month ago

It’s fine. Nothing much to write home about. Leads to a spot with river access with a few campsites and fire pits. Nothing remarkable. I’ll have to come back and press on to the falls next time.

Beautiful!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike with lots of Creek time due to all the crossings. Well marked trail as you cross the creek.

Overall, a great hike. Walking up Panther Creek right below the falls can be slippery and easy to lose site of the trail itself. The road leading to 3 Forks parking can be quite muddy after rainfall so plan ahead.

Good trail just watch for snakes

Beautiful trail...but needs some work. A lot of trees down, and it’s easy to lose the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

An awesome trail to day hike. After a good rain the creek crossings are fairly difficult so prepare to get pretty wet. There’s around 10 crossings before you reach the waterfall. Each crossing is marked with bright neon green markers nailed to the trees across the creek. Overall, super fun hike, climbing over fallen trees and wading through the creek just make a simple hike all that much better in my opinion. There’s also certain places to camp, there’s a camping spot right below the falls! and fishing is allowed on the two connecting creeks.

trail running
3 months ago

This was an absolutely beautiful, remote trail run in the Cohuttas. Be mindful and study a map before you do it, as the trail isn’t very well marked, but so long as you study a map and know which direction the trails heading in, you’ll be fine! Pictures don’t do this gem justice.

Fantastic trail. The river crossings were cold but great. There’s still a lot of downed trees from the fire, but moved as many as we could. The turn off from jacks river was hard to spot because of a downed tree and the sharp ascent, but we thoroughly enjoyed this trail. I think the whole loop is closer to 18 miles, but not certain. There’s also very little water on the ridge trails, so take advantage on the river and get what you’ll need.

Challenging. Took rough ridge to jacks to rice camp to cowpen. Can camp before upper falls river crossing and after lower falls crossing. Yellow sign marks no camp zone. A lot of burn damage/downed trees. There is some water on cowpen, at the stream shown before cowpen connects with hickory ridge, but it’s a steep scramble down to collect.

backpacking
4 months ago

Do not do the route listed by all trails!!!!!!! Do the loop from hickory ridge around to rough ridge. If you try to take horseshoe bend the trail just ends half mile before jacks river. I ended up bushwhacking down a 50 degree slope to get down to the river to my campsite. The forest fire really messed this area up. No cell service anywhere. Trekking poles are a must if you are backpacking. The forest rangers will not do anything for you. They are useless. No good water on all of the east cowpen side. Plus half of east cowpen trail is a dirt road. I was disappointed. Jacks river was beautiful. I repeat do not do the loop listed by all trails!!!!!!!!! Take hickory ridge to rough ridge loop. It is shorter but way less problems. Plus shorter distances to get to cleaner water. Only cell service is from the three forks trailhead to about 3 miles down the ridge.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorites.

Great trail. Strenuous

Love this trail. Be prepared to get wet

hiking
6 months ago

heads up the road to trailhead is closed about 4 miles from trailhead January - March connessagua lake rd from south

I really enjoyed this hike, but due to all the downed trees from the fires and hurricanes, a lot of the trail was blocked and almost impossible to follow. I got off trail several times, which made the hike more difficult, but all in all, I had a great time.

Nice hike, especially in the summer because you can swim at the bottom of the falls. There is also a place to camp next to the falls if you would like to.

camping
9 months ago

Plenty of parking at Three Forks Parking Lot, from there it's approximately 4.33 miles to the waterfalls. It's a tough hike in with a loaded pack, not terrible, but you'll be looking forward to taking that pack off and setting up camp, when ya get there. There are plenty of spots for tent or hammock camping and water is plentiful, once you're down in the valley. Take your time and enjoy.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail! The creek crossings were a lot of fun, and the falls are beautiful. Wonderful out and back trail.

Amazing. Perfect for our Siberian Husky. Prepare to get your feet wet, but so worth it!!!

11 months ago

About a month ago I hiked from Three Forks to the falls on a rescue mission for a hiker in distress. This was my first hike to the falls and have to agree with Cory, I would'nt bring small kids. This is a tough section of trail, at least from the falls back to Three Forks. Seen some wildlife including an approx 3' timber rattler.

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