Looking for a great trail in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area, Georgia? AllTrails has 55 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 33 moderate trails in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area ranging from 0.9 to 49 miles and from 971 to 4,114 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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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.

Trails are well marked but are very muddy. We had to cross several streams. Swampy after rainy period but we really wanted to hike.

2 days ago

My wife and I decided to hike the Wiissenhunt Loop trail with the Long Branch Connector trail addition. On the return leg, we tried to take the upper Wissenhunt Loop portion. PLEASE NOTE, after about 1/2 of a mile, the trail abruptly ended. Do not take the upper trail Even though the trail marker sign indicates it is there. Other than that, it is an awesome trail and we really really liked it. Great trail that was easy to moderate. The moderate portions was an easy moderate.

5 days ago

This trail is definitely one of my favorites. It is VERY rocky so wear supportive shoes or hiking boots. I don’t recommend going after it has rained. We went about 3 days after a storm and a lot of the trail was very muddy (I’m very thankful I wore hiking boots instead of tennis shoes). Also keep in mind that it is very windy and colder at the top than at the bottom. We went when it was 59 and we were freezing at the summit. The views are so beautiful even on an overcast winter day. It was definitely worth it!

Pretty nice hike with two beautiful waterfalls. First trip with new backpack so ran out of steam earlier than usual. Keep in mind uphill coming back!

One of my favorites. Creek crossings, not too steep. really nice hike!

Great day hike from Warwoman Dell to Pinnacle Knob! We wandered around a little looking for the correct trail head since there are many trails in that area, we found what we were looking for right near the parking area closest to the road. Two beautiful waterfalls on the lower portion of the hike with a couple great campsites and then a nice climb to the top of Pinnacle Knob with a great campsite at the very top. Definitely will be going back to camp!

Finding the trail from the parking lot took us a little bit because it’s pretty confusing. The hike itself is great and I’m surprised it’s not more popular. Two waterfalls and a nice overlook. There’s at least two campsites, maybe three, that would be great for backpacking.

Nice trail. Hard enough for the adults but not too hard for kids. My 7 year old said it was his favorite so far.

Great trail to walk or run!

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15 days ago

I tried to hike this trail on Saturday from Testnatee Gap, mostly out of curiosity.I wasn’t sure if I should just follow the old roadbed because there were no markings! The “trail” was overgrown, uneven, and a real challenge! I made it about 8 tenths of a mile before turning back! I’ve had a knee replacement & orthroscopic surgery and was afraid my knees couldn’t handle it, given the uneven nature of the trail! I’ve managed fine on other trails! I’ve had bushwhacking trips that were easier going! Made it back to the top but my knees are still killing me! This might be a great trail with an amazing history but needs some serious trail maintenance! Let me know if I can help! Now it’s time to put more Joint Flex on my aching knees!

Great trail. You park at the Keown Falls trailhead and get to hike up to Keown Falls, then to the John's Mountain overlook. One thing, my Garmin watch said the hike was more of 5.5 miles if you do the John's Mountain/Pinhoti loop. There are 2 overlooks with great views. I'll return here to see the fall colors :)

Wow, what a hike. It rained the night and morning before the hike, so there were a Lot of water to cross. The scenery is outstanding. 6 miles at 1,023ft incline is a 4.33% grade. It's tough (especially since I haven't hiked in 4 months).
The right side of the loop has some nice switchbacks, which made it easy. But once we got to the end it gets like a goat trail, narrow steep and was tough too. I would suggest starting the left side of the loop, so you can take advantage of the switchbacks.
overall, as a novice its exhausting, but great.

Fun day trip for the family

17 days ago

Started out early enough to get ahead of the fair weather hikers. Temp was 28 to start & 57 at finish! Stayed on the Bartrum for a little over 9 miles total out & back. Never saw a soul until mile 6.3 on return. Plenty of hikers from the waterfalls back to start. The trail is rustic & well marked. Just the way I like em. Lots of blowdown that would suck with a full pack on a thru hike, but completely manageable with the day pack. 1959 feet of elevation by staying on the Bartrum. Didn’t feel I missed out at all by bypassing the Knob.

The hike is great but the trail it’s very difficult to follow because there is so little marks. I did 2 weeks ago when there was snow and I got lost. Luckily I ended at the road back to the parking lot. Nevertheless, I came back today with better weather and It’s ok. There was no one but my husband and I in this beautiful place. I love it. I wish the marking was better. It’s not 7.5 miles it’s actually around 9 miles.

Beautiful drive to the access point. The falls were well worth the effort.

27 days ago

First time to Bear Creek today and I did it all wrong. I followed the Google Maps Directions (don't do it) which took us to the very top of mountain at upper access point (instead of the lower loop access point) and we had to walk down a gravel road for 2 miles to get to the Loop. Then went clock-wise from the loop which turned out to just be more gravel road. Thus, ended up the hike by walking a gravel dirt road instead of my intent of hiking an actual mountain trail. Will go again and this time access the lower access point and hike the entire loop along Bear Creek and see the giant tree

29 days ago

Went on probably the coldest day of this winter. Trails had lots of ice and snow. Absolutely beautiful. Would recommend hiking poles and hiking shoes. Also, trails kind of got confusing because of different names. Neels Gap was not even mentioned on the information bird before the trail.

This is a really fun hike! An amazing view 1.5 miles in makes it so worth it and gooch gap is a really cool little spot in a valley 2 miles further.

1 month ago

Great hike on a day when the weather man said “don’t go outside unless you have to”. Trail was a bit muddy after yesterday’s continuous rain and temp hovered around 28, but all went well. Hard to get lost on this simple loop.

Excellent trail. Moderate elevation changes. Only took 3 hours. I am sure the views are great but today was steady rain\clouds\mist. The good thing was I only passed two other people.

If you’re looking for some of the best views on the GA part of the AT and the highest in Ga than look no further. It’s a heart pounding climb but well worth it. Can be very crowded on pretty weekends so plan your start early.

1 month ago

Trail is well maintained, and the hike is fairly easy. There are a few river crossings. I wore my waterproof boots and was fine. From Beech Bottom Trailhead to Jack's River Falls takes 1.5 to 2 hours, about the same on the way back. As others have mentioned, the roads in the Cohutta wilderness can be pretty treacherous. I'd recommend a 4x4 vehicle. I went after it had rained so there were some muddy inclines that I needed to use four wheel drive on.

Good waterfall at the end

Great easy hike today in the misty rain. The poplar tree is much bigger in person than in pics! Trail was great. Very beautiful area. Only about a mile hike to the tree.

Saw a rattlesnake the last time I hiked here. Heard it before I saw it.

1 month ago

Dockery is always a good place to go for a brisk walk, fishing, or camping. The grounds are maintained well, and the trout are always stocked.

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