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

I really enjoyed this hike! The beginning is definitely the steepest but not for too long. The views on the way up to and at Cow Rock are absolutely beautiful! From that point on to Wolf Laurel is just a nice walk in the woods. I will probably hike this one again.

This trail was pretty brutal and hard on the knees. I definitely recommend trekking poles. This trail seems to be a constant up and down with not much in between! That being said, it's a beautiful trail that offers some gorgeous views once you are on the ridge. The second half of it you go into a rhododendron type cove that's really beautiful and gives you some relief from the climbs. Be careful doing this after heavy rain. Some of the rocky areas are a little treacherous.

Very pretty trail. Someone has trimmed the entire trail where it was narrow. TY. Looks great. Waterfalls, creek crossings, bridges, camping spots, Huge pines, views. This trail has it all. From parking at Warman Dell to the top and back was just over 8.6 miles for me. Great Trail.

The trail is a short enchanting hike with a beautiful 65 ft waterfall.

hiking
18 days ago

A good workout.

Great little trail! We needed something on the shorter side that would be fun for kids. The water was thundering, and the trail was relatively easy walking. Wonderful way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time and did not make it to the top. This hike is NOT 7.2 miles. It's closer to 9.5 miles round trip. Beautiful waterfalls on the way, just disappointed we didn't reach the knob.

I LOVE THIS TRAIL. I’m sad it took me so long to find out about it, seriously. This trail has it all! 3 waterfalls, a river, a mountain, an AMAZING lookout.... I loved it so much. The first two miles are fairly easy, then the last two are climbing up to Pinnacle Knob. I really, really enjoyed this hike. I went on a Saturday and maybe saw about 15 people the whole time. I also took my three dogs and they had a great time. Highly recommend this trail! Parking is nice and convenient too. Also a lot of really cool camp spots. Another thing, the trail has been rerouted since it was last updated on here, so it’s definitely more like 4 miles to the top.

Great trail , two really great views , colorful !

Great hike with lots of water features along the way. Steady incline towards the top but with a nice payoff.

Go in the fall (we went first weekend of November) and you will get an excellent view of black rock mountain and the southern end of the smoky mountains. Nice waterfalls too. Keeping in the list of repeat hikes.

Great hike - trailhead is tough to locate, basically marker between the two parking areas (we parked at Warwoman) marked blue/difficult that takes up up some switchbacks to cross the road. A few waterfalls and through some camping areas. Lot of up and down and flat until you pass the camping area and then it’s a steady up for the last mile and a half. Great views but very windy so we didn’t spend too much time at the top. A solid 8 miles and we did it in just under 4 miles with few breaks.

It was a perfect day for spending a few hours on the trail. The little bridge over the tree roots was creative.

Really enjoyed this hike. Not very difficult, but a nice view at the top with a couple nice waterfalls.

the long loop isn't marked that well. the fire didn't help. I ended up losing the trail and had to find my way back. beautiful scenery, and easy on the knees for running. I did 13.5km, and enjoyed all of it.

note: I was harased by a hunter who implied that I shouldn't have been out there; on the hiking trail. there was no indication that hunters were... hunting. seriously, no signs, or warnings. jerks.

great trail otherwise.

October 15-16. This was rated hard and I agree. We hiked half a day stayed the night just after the “Cheesecake Factory “ water source but just before Tray Mountain shelter (we knew the shelter was going to be full, and wanted some peacefulness) we had a beautiful view. Watched the sunrise the next morning from our tent. I can’t say enough about this spot. Then hiked out. It was a great hike to test and challenge yourself.

Ps. If anyone could share WHY that water source is called “the Cheesecake Factory” please do.

A very strenuous but great hike. Spectacular views at Blood Mtn. Definitely print out the map from Alltrails because it's very detailed.

trail to Jack's River falls. multiple creek fords. don't lose the trail! camping is allowed about a mile past the falls you have to Ford the river. great trail. will come back in summer

Great trail. Going out was somewhat of a slight incline. The rough rocky switchbacks were a challenge. Especially coming back. Ugh! Plenty of camping spots. It rained on our way beck and boy does the trail get flooded. But it is all good.

it is a tough hike out of vogel up to slaughter gap. gets easier on duncan ridge up to the AT and then blood mountain. I missed the right turn on the way down too. this route is a great way to avoid the insanity of the Byron Reece trailhead.

I completed the trail on Oct 3, 2018. Some challenging ascend in certain sections but overall it was a good work out with some beautiful views. After multiple hikers asked me for wasp nest , I was eventually got stung by one and it hurt and last few days but its all part of the wilderness experience.
Since it was a week day, the trail was not crowded at all. I came across maybe 10 hikers and one gentleman who was there to maintain the trail.

Awesome trail! Watch for snakes! they love the wet rocky terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

Good easy trail, only about 92 feet in elevation change and beautiful scenery. I would give it 5 stars but the blazing is poor and several parts are overgrown and can be tough to navigate late spring and summer.

I feel like it should be rated Hard instead of Moderate! Lots of fun!

Our 2nd time hiking Jacks River in, and like last time the river crossings can get very slippery on the rocks with many crossings containing a moderately heavy current. We set up camp where Jacks River and Penitentiary Branch trails met, and took Jacks River Trail a little further all the way to the falls.

First time taking Penitentiary Branch Trail out and it was rough the next morning as it’s mostly incline. Saw bear droppings but luckily no bears! Lots of horse droppings on both trails.

Be mindful of nature and pick up after yourself if camping! Saw lots of plastic bottles, cans, and wrappers. :(

~19 miles total

Very unique hike with around 20 river crossings out and back. The trail is poorly marked and it is very easy to lose track. Follow the light green markings/ pink ribbons. The hike itself is easy up to the waterfall but gets harder and steeper after that, to the overlook. Went mid October and the shallow water was mid calf deep. Get ready to hike with wet shoes

Great trail, you will see bikers. Nice Creek crossings, easy trail to follow.

Beautiful hike with a lot of ups and downs! The views at Cowrock are amazing and you get another view shortly as you continue on to Wolf Laurel. As others have said the view at Wolf Laurel isn’t as grand as Cowrock but you still have a view & it’s very peaceful. Not too many people on the trail today but there was one very large timber rattler right off the side of the trail sunning itself. Just be watchful as the weather gets cooler for snakes trying to soak up the sun.

Great trail with beautiful views. We stared at the Unicoi Gap trailhead next to the App Trail sign and logged 11.6 miles out and back.

beautiful trail for a short hiking

Beautiful trail. Challenging on MB. Worth the climbs.
Water crossings.

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