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The Cohutta Wildlife Management Area is a huge area of forest in north Georgia, of more than 95,000 acres. This site covers only a small area along good gravel roads in the southern part of the WMA, but the whole area is worth exploring for those with the time and curiosity. This WMA is encompassed within Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness area, which is the state's second largest wilderness area. The Cohutta Mountains are part of the oldest known mountains in the world. They run from Fannin County northeast to the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where they are known as the Smoky Mountains, and once bordered a prehistoric ocean. It is from these mountains that the Cohutta WMA gets its name. In May 2003, the Mall of Georgia Partners donated this 88-acre tract as a wetlands/wildlife preserve to the Georgia Wildlife Federation. GWF volunteers and most notably, Eagle Scouts, have been instrumental in developing the trail and maintaining the property. The nature area itself lies within a basin formed by Ivy Creek and its tributary, Little Ivy Creek. Located below street level within the the I-85 / GA20 interchange and the Mall of Georgia Boulevard, traffic sounds from the nearby mall and freeway are muffled. Although the Ivy Creek Greenway connects with the trail, the most direct access is by using the stairs located off the Mall of Ga Blvd (GPS 34.062015, -83.982970). The nature preserve has an almost surreal look about it. Its look not only changes with the seasons but is also greatly influenced throughout the year by the amount of precipitation. The boardwalks and trail structures keep things interesting along the way. I highly recommend this trail for children. Just remember to take water and relieve yourself before you venture out, as there are no fountains or restrooms here.

Straight up climb. Great exercise! Even better views! :)

A group from the Lumpkin Coalition and USFS completed a thorough brushing on July 18th, 2018. The trail is in good shape. Still have some erosion issues we are dealing with. Trail is only accessible from Tesnatee Gap, the south trailhead access from US129 via Kellum Valley Rd. is still gated. Go hike it!

Short but uphill hike to the falls. One bench about halfway up to rest. Path is well maintained. Falls are pretty but I thought they would be bigger. Lots of white rhododendrons in bloom first week in July.

This was an awesome hike. There are a couple of waterfalls and even tho the las third of the hike is pretty much just trees, once you get to PK the view is breath taking. I would say pack a bottle of water and a lot of energy... it’s totally worth the sore legs on the next day.

Took the family. We went to the falls, then a bit up the Benton-Mackey for only a total of ~2 miles. Nice little hike. The falls was the best part.

Long Creek Falls is well worth the short hike in. It's quite the popular place on the weekends when the weather is good, so pick and choose when you go.

backpacking
8 days ago

Fun trail with a great water source at Gooch shelter.

Easy walk and a little over grown but not too bad!

As of 7/11/2018: The road to get there was closed temporarily due to weather.

Long drive down sketchy road but easy hike at end. Did seem good ways before we saw our first Georgian waterfall. Good time and nice easy hike

Great trail, very rough climb on the way back. Saw a black bear around mile 4.4 so keep a look, apparently he likes to stay around those parts. Nice campsites all over the trail (obviously, it’s the AT!) Great intermediate backpacking trail.

Do not go clockwise!! if you do, space and time folds and the whole loop is somehow uphill. Was so crazy!!

I had heard about Keown Falls and living close by, I decided I would go. The weather was picture perfect. Clear and sunny with a temp of 70 degrees. Loaded up daypack with water and snacks and packed up the dog with his harness and leash along with water, and away we went. When we got out of the car, the transformation was amazing. Gone was sounds of the city and rural area that I live in, replaced by the sounds of a small creek running and making its way over rocks. Of course, the dog had to go for a quick dip before we could hit the trail. The area out of the parking area is a little grown up, but it is summer, so it is to be expected. We crossed the small stream and we got on the main trail. I like this area because it is wide and fairly clear, so you can see if there are any snakes. We continued on the main trail and came to a resting bench, so we stopped for a moments to drink some water and have a small snack. As we got close to the falls, the trail narrowed quite a bit and was grown up, but it was still hikeable. The view, stunning and beautiful, were a welcome sight. We continue around and arrived at the falls. Nice, nice, nice. The dog wasn't too sure about the falls, but then we got in front of it and loved splashing in the pool of water. We decided to continue on around, but it was severely grownup and we backtracked and went to the overlook. At this point, we rested for about 30 minutes taking in the beauty while resting our feet and joints, then we began our return to the car. It's a nice trail and secluded enough that we did not encounter any crowds. I wish it was maintained more than it is, because it is a truly spectacular place. I will definitely go back again, probably in the fall.

Great little hike to the falls with the family!! My youngest is 4 and did great! But make sure you bring the swimsuit in the summer!

Nothing special. Really short and easy hike. Small waterfall isn’t really worth it.

Hiked in the rain and through the clouds and was really beautiful. 4.4 miles total if you start at the Neels Gap Store and make your way up across the street there.

Very pretty, good workout, but very crowded

My first backpacking trip ever was on this trail around 1994, and my last time on this trail was 1997- I was hooked on backpacking because of this trail and the Cohuttas in general. 20 years later I took my 14 and 12 yo sons on this trail trying to recreate the wonder. No joy. Trail had changed and was unrecognizable. Overgrown and and unkept. Further, I discovered you could no longer camp between beech bottom and jacks river falls. This trip, other than the family bonding, was unpleasant. We left early to head to Red River Gorge.

Sweet hike with wonderful waterfalls along the pine bog path with scattered rocks and roots - assent and descents paced along the way - and ditto on Dave’s response below

Lovely water fall and nice picnic area

hiking
24 days ago

5 stars for the views in every direction at the top!
This is a really short and steep trail. Ended up running it on the way down!

Great trail! Good for a short one night beginner backpacking trip because the views are incredible. Phone measured 2.16 miles one way. We made a campsite near one of the overlooks a bit before the shelter and enjoyed an awesome sunset and sunrise. Saw some cool mushrooms along the trail too.

It was an easy beautiful hike!

We didn’t do the full hike because there were so many downed trees and a lack of trail marking that it was very difficult to follow the trail in some places. Because of this I would rated as a challenging hike rather than a moderate hike. We did not see any bears. Wildflowers were starting to bloom. I found that the second big River Crossing was super difficult- even with my hiking poles.(I’m pretty short and the river was high and was flowing very fast.). I’ll do this again in the fall when the water is lower and I will take a friend who has hiked it numerous times. I wish the forest service would remark the trail!

To me it was a harder hike on the way out to the falls. It is .5 mostly uphill. The way back was easy, I have bad knees and I could do it easily on the way back. The hike out isn’t bad but it is uphill and there are roots and rocks to watch for. Worth the short hike to see the falls and let the kids play in the water. One mile total hike.

This is a beautiful trail. Approach from Keown falls for the best up/in down/out route. Cap off your water if needed from the stream above the falls, and be sure to filter. The trail IS NOT well blazed once you pass the falls and get to the John's mountain loop. It's also very grow over right now in late June, so anyone who wants to bring some loppers or a machete can help everyone by cutting back the trail overgrowth. Go in the morning, as afternoon storms make the trail very slippery. There is NO water past the waterfall, so in June I carry about 2 liters.

Not a soul - easy first half - criss crosses river and water falls then the climb up, moderate. Killer views over north and north west ga- some sweet camping spots along the river as well as at the top of the knob - mapped it on the way back though cause it was a little wonky at the knob spur - more like a 8.6 miler total in and out.

Quiet, easy trail. It’s a little overgrown like maybe it’s not used much. It’s a great trail for grandkids and has a waterfall.

Easy, quick, nice waterfall

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