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Easy, quick, nice waterfall

Easy, pretty waterfall

Good short hike. Nice waterfall.

Trekked East from the Appalachian Highway 76 in Cherry Log on section seven. Very easy walk starting out with gravel roads. Talked to some nice folks while hiking!

beautiful waterfall .... easy hike .... too many people

backpacking
12 days ago

What an incredible trail! Featuring waterfalls, a beautiful peak, and plenty of wildlife opportunities. I'd have to agree with another reviewer who mentioned this trail as being one of the most beautiful in Ga. Plenty of water sources easily accessible from the trailside. I would recommend staying stocked with water, I went through about 3 liters going up and down. The hike was strenuous at times, but what's a trail without a good challenge?

Amazing!!!! My first backpacking trip! We were a group of 10 which included experienced hikers that have done this trail many times and newbies like me. We started in the afternoon on Saturday, camped, hiked to the falls Sunday, camped, then hiked out Sunday morning.
We started at the Jack's River Western Trailhead as marked on this map and made our way to Beech Bottom and the falls, but took the Beech Bottom Falls trail back out to a second car we had parked there so that it wasn't a true out and back trail as marked on here. A car was put there in case we had to bail out because of the storm forecasts. We just had a lot of rain (and quite a bit during the trip at night) so the river level was pretty high. Most crossings were very manageable but nearer to the falls, and if you were to continue east past Beech Bottom along the trail (which was our original plan) the river was past waist deep (I'm 5'5'') and moving quickly. We changed our plans and camped a bit past the falls then double backed the next day to take the Beech Bottom trail out once we experienced how deep the river crossings were becoming. I definitely recommend bringing hiking poles to stabilize yourself while crossing. We heard from other groups that came the opposite direction that some crossings were so deep they had to swim across with their packs.
The falls themselves were amazing and we did the cliff jump after watching a group demonstrate that they were safe!!
The trail wasn't as maintained as other State Parks and National Parks that I've been to -- lots of downed trees to climb over and some overgrown plants but I think that really added to the wilderness feel and it didn't slow us down. We saw one copperhead sunning itself at a campsite but that was the only wildlife encounter. Lots of beautiful scenery, mushrooms, and the river itself made for a wonderful trip.

Easy trail that my dog loved. Camped right down the road too at a huge campsite alone!

The trail is rated moderate but I guess that is when the water is low. But be warned, this hike has numerous river crossings. The water was waist high in most of the places and a bit deeper in some others. We made it to the fifth camping spot and had to turn around because we could not cross at this point. The water was simply too deep and fast for us to manage with backpacks.That was about 1/3 of the way in or 2.5 miles. I imagine this is a much different trail when the water is low and easily crossed. At this time of year there were plenty of snakes, but this is a gorgeous area and the river is a beautiful hiking companion. The trailhead is accessible after a long drive on a bumpy dirt road with lots of potholes. The area needs some attention in general. Campsites, signs etc. are in bad shape. To this point, we met a couple before the first river crossing looking for Jacks Falls(?) They got their information off the Internet somewhere, obviously not very well communicated. Plan for it and this is a great hike.

camping
1 month ago

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!!!
#leavenotrace

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.

The trail was a nice, quick, easy hike. the waterfall was very pretty and not too far up the trail.

backpacking
1 month 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.

Nice Falls and wasn’t too far up the trail. Trails were a little steep for me since my hip and knees were hurting but still a nice trail.

great overnight hike

This is a pleasant easy walk culminating in a nice waterfall. Take the low trail back to stay near the brook.

Fantastic hike! Challenging. One of the better hikes in Georgia. The Vista is spectacular words nor photographs give it justice. The abundance of water was fantastic for the dogs. I especially enjoyed the pool of cold water which rejuvenated my joints. I expected to see more wildlife. Great hike for solitude. Recommend packing a lunch for this one although Clayton is close enough and has an abundance of restaurants.

Great Mornings walk all nice and quiet !
best cafe stop in the area watching the water cascade at the falls ! x

Every weekend I do a hike in North Georgia, and this one immediately shot to number one. The early spring wildflowers were in such rare form that I initially thought that the trail had been planted. As stated by others, this trail has something for everyone. The day I hiked this trail, the valleys were filled with fog, and the cascades and waterfalls were gushing. Sun rays were piercing through the early Spring canopy casting cool shadows and ephemeral rainbows. Save one quiet photographer and two small groups of overnighters, amazingly I had the entire area to myself. The trail is narrow, as in no more than necessary for single file walking, which means that disturbance along the path is at a minimum. The route is extremely well marked, and all water crossing of any size are either bridged or well stabilized with stone. The Pinnacle Knob side trail is blazed with green, and immediately cuts a swath through a rhododendron thicket (which is unusual and a little sad but at the same time very unusual in its almost tropical-ness), then skirts back and forth as it works its way gradually to the top. The reward for this effort is a broad vista of large, mountainous expanses of [thankfully] untouched forest land. The USGS benchmark on the top lends a real old school legitimacy to the summit. Timing it right, this would be the perfect private hammock camping site. Glad I suggested it to everyone...

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite walks. Has something for everyone. This trail passes two very picturesque waterfalls on the way to an easy to reach summit with fantastic views to the North and over Clayton. Parking is easy and next to a picnic area which is great for the "apres-walk" treat.

hiking
2 months ago

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

Long drive for a short hike. HOWEVER- this is a beautiful area, offers a nice short hike for kiddos and camping along the way.

Fairly steep climb but the falls are close - totally worth it! The platform overlooking the falls is a great photo spot. The falls were a lot bigger than we expected. Great with kids!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little walk. Comparatively speaking, not all that much to see, but a pleasant walk nonetheless.

hiking
3 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.

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