Explore the most popular river 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.

This is by far one of my favorite spots.
Been going for about 10 years now. Unfortunately though it is overly crowded and the trial has changed over the years.
over night stay highly recommended!
Always check the water at the swimming hole before jumping in from the cliff!!!
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fishing
7 days ago

Wasn’t really a hike, or at least I didn’t see the trails. People were mainly there for fishing and swimming in the waterfall. Great area to swim around in.

Small hike but really nice!!

I really liked this trail, It has waterfalls and plenty of overlooks. We had the entire trail to ourselves except for around the falls.

Truly my moderate trail. Some parts are narrow but I personally like it like that. Will definitely be back.

backpacking
18 days ago

one of my favorite day hikes. definitely a summer trail though. be prepared to get wet as there are many creek crossings.

Great hike! definitely one of my favorite waterfalls in GA, there should be trail markers to tell you where to go, I almost lost track of the trail twice. Still had a great time though! Only saw a couple the whole 5 hours I was there, it was amazing!

Since we have had so much rain for the passed month or so the falls were gorgeous!! Nice hike for the whole family. I baby wear so the last little leg being uphill got to me. lol. We all had fun.

I tried desperately also to find this trail. The map took me to a hunt club. I checked with the clay pigeon folks across the street from where the entrance “should have been” and no luck. I’d love to actually find it.

great overnight hike

Breathtakingly beautiful. There’s even stairs!

Just got home from completing this one. Due to weather, we decided to do the river crossings first. Which meant we had to face an uphill penitentiary branch trail the next day. That was fairly strenuous.

Enjoyable short trail. Beautiful area

A nice short hike in the woods along the river. Very easy trail to follow. The forest has recovered nicely from the fire.

Daughter was in a leg cast just in time for vacation so I needed some trails that were paved or easy to maneuver with our jogging stroller. This did the trick. We were able to hike along the river while the rest of our party did the stairs to the bottom of the gorge.

hiking
2 months ago

Had a little trouble finding the trailhead not enough signs. The hiking trail was great and Jacks River Falls was absolutely beautiful! Moderate hike describes it about right.

We hiked both loops. Heading left/south/clockwise for both is definitely the more strenuous direction - much steeper climbs over shorter distances.

I had waited for a decent rain before hitting the trail, and it was definitely worth the wait - the falls were beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail appears permanently closed at the south end in March 2018. About 1/3 mile past the old "tollgate" landmark (falling down) on Kellum Valley Road is a locked gate marked Private Property with recently built houses on the other side. Bummer; worked hard to find it. According to previous reviewers it was a beautiful hike six years ago. (Also, it's not in the Cohutta WMA as described in the hike header. The Cohutta is northwest of this hike, and is directly north of Atlanta. )

hiking
2 months ago

I take the dogs here a lot and we hike/walk the road. Havent been past the concrete bridge by the small falls, but it's a lovely walk. Very pretty and easy. We usually park in the lot by the main falls and swimming area. I haven't come across an actual trail, just the road and a few defunct service roads. Bring water, trail snacks, and definitely a camera. The wildlife is spectacular.

Definitely a winter trail. Overgrowth would be tough in the summer. Not well-maintained

Once I passed the waterfall and started the loop I didn’t see anyone until the overlook. Quick and easy loop.

Beautiful hike, and not overly difficult....moderate rating is accurate. The falls are amazing especially when frozen over. The forest road getting there is rough and potentially muddy. Drive a vehicle that’s not low to the ground. Four wheel drive is helpful.

Much easier than I thought it was gonna be! The rain held off and we had a great time...it was perfect!!

Just made the trip this weekend it was a beautiful trip nice weather lots of people on the trail waterfall was beautiful.

Great day hike. We didn’t plan for the length of the trail up to the falls, so our limited time put us having to leave before we were ready. Beautiful sounds of the flowing river greeted us each step. Lots of camping areas along the path.

Amazing place to visit. to get to the base of the last falls is no joke!!! the trail is not really marked follow creek down stream from the campground.

Trail was great! We wore keens and didn’t have any issues, but couldn’t imagine this with Chacos(blisters) or hiking boots(removing and putting back on too often) in comparison. We made a 2 day trip out of it. Beginning and end are a bit faster moving b/c there aren’t a lot of crossings in the first 2 miles and the last mile or so. Had a few issues fining the trail but nothing worth panicking about. The trail is perfect for summer when you can stay cool as you hike.

Recommendations: 2 hiking sticks, keen water shoes, water filter to get fresh water

hiking
7 months ago

Troop 54 backpacked the Beech Bottom Trail to Jack River Falls. It was a nice hike down to the falls, the hike took about 2 1/2 hours.

I parked at the Daily Gorge lot which I would recommend knowing that after taking Old HWY 2, once on the gravel road and you arrive at the for, take a hard right to get to the lot. Once at the lot, took Hemp to Penetentiary. A fairly good hike, though mostly down hill and I would say moderate. Make sure in the beginning to look out for some beautiful views. Once you arrive at Jack's River, shortly thereafter there is a large primitive campsite. I really enjoyed the hike, though instead of a loop chose to go back up Penetentiary (more difficult), Hemp and return to my car the following day. Only saw wild turkeys, but lots of beautiful wild flowers. Note that prior to Jack's River there were no streams or water sources.

Although not physically strenuous, this hike is challenging due to all the river crossings. If backpacking, be aware that you will be fording through depths that can reach your chest over slippery surfaces. Trekking poles are a necessity, or grab a hiking stick alongside the trail on your way up. Attempting to swap from shoes to water shoes is pointless as you will spend all your time swapping shoes. Take footwear that can get wet and take some abuse. If planning an over-nighter, there are plenty of campsites along the river to filter water. You could always camp closer to the beginning of the trail, then hike to the falls as a day hike, then back down to your camp for the night. As you get near the Falls, camping is prohibited. If you want an easier hike to Jack's River Falls, take the Beech Bottom Trail.

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