Looking for a great trail in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area, Georgia? AllTrails has 43 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 25 moderate trails in Cohutta Wildlife Management Area ranging from 0.9 to 49 miles and from 974 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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waterfall

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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.

This mountain almost killed me. Ok, going up- not bad. Not bad at all. Plenty of views, easy switch backs, and the shelter at the top is totally cool. It was built in the late 1800s I believe, as a fort. Don't quote me on that, but it's cool as hell. Nice little privy to do your business before carrying on. And that's when Blood decides to kick your ass. All. The. Way. Down. How a person can hike downhill and yet somehow be going uphill is beyond me. So many boulders and these big granite.....sheets with no footholds. What really amazed me were the people, of all ages, with these mountain goat abilities just lightly hopping from one boulder to the other, all the way down. Where they saw rocks to launch off, I saw broken teeth and death. But, I did make it down, and Neel's gap was awesome, and lemme tell you, coming off the mountain that Red Baron pizza at Neel's was the best tasting pizza I'd ever had. Will definitely do again. Hoping next time my mountain goat skills improve.

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blowdown
4 days ago

Much more enjoyable in the summer than winter! A LOT of people parked at the picnic area and the trail head - everyone enjoying the swimming holes. Only passed a handful of people on the trail to the falls. Had the top pretty much to ourselves. We did see a small snake on top of one of the rocks near the water so keep your eyes open. Several tents set up in dispersed campsites along the way. Water crossings could all be managed below knee high and the water was not moving too swift at all. There are several sections with blow down but nothing unmanageable. Keep your eyes peeled for a river crossing if the trail suddenly disappears.

I took my 9 year old out here for her first ever hike. We hiked in via the trails to reach all the falls, note that there's a small and very steep side trail to hit the bottom of the upper falls that's well worth the effort. On the way back when we reached the first crossing, my daughter told me that the trail was too easy and we should go back through the creek. Probably not the smartest idea but the August water level and temperature actually allow this and it was quite an unforgettable excursion, and a challenge even for me. Good fisherman's or hiking sandals, and summer timing, are absolute necessities for anybody tempted to try this.

on Stanley Gap

hiking
6 days ago

no views in summer months

Where to start! Lance and I decided upon this hike based on prior review and were devastated! This hike was measly! No mimosas were had to celebrate, rest assured. We began this hike at the lay-person campsite area where it was packed with many running children (cmon moms!). When we finally made it to the so called “primitive campsite” we were vastly devastated. NO primitive markings, ancestry, or alternative medicine whatsoever. The restroom huts along the way were however quite enticing and pleasant. My favorite part of this hike was a hand-crafted by nature staff for walking, how delicate the wood felt in my bingers. This staff was theived! Robin hoods how dare thy!!

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muddy
12 days ago

We took our small dog and the trail was well marked. There was only one spot that I double checked on the All Trails map (service the whole way). There were some smaller logs blocking the right turn and we were supposed to take the sharp left. I had just wanted to be sure. My partner and I are both long legged and finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes. There was one particularly tough uphill, but I’m pretty out of shape and it didn’t go on for a super long time, so very doable in my opinion. Lots of shade and I didn’t need my sunglasses. A little mud made for some slick spots, as it was raining on and off on that day. Our tennis shoes didn’t get soaked (it hasn’t been a very rainy summer and the creeks we crossed were relatively low, I suppose). We only came across 3 other couples on the loop on a Saturday afternoon. No animals that we saw.

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome hike to Jacks River falls- beautiful day!

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
14 days ago

A very nice trail but it is getting narrow in spots and that is expected in August. I was hoping for more scenery but it is beautiful nonetheless.

hiking
17 days ago

we were looking for a trail with some challenge and we really enjoyed this trail. it is connected to other trails so you can make it a longer hike if you want to.

hiking
bugs
rocky
19 days ago

Hadn’t been out there for 12 years or so and it looked a lot cooler since the wildfires cleared so much out and I have to say it was just as amazing as I remembered it being maybe even better now. Good trail and easy hike. Maybe 10 miles overall out and back. I’d highly recommend and will go back in the fall. Water is easy to come by as well.

hiking
19 days ago

Not a difficult hike at all but very scenic especially once you reach the floor. The drive to get here is far more treacherous than the hike itself.

Pretty. Steep. You could say it’s pretty steep. The foliage is amazing. If you like ferns, wildflowers, butterflies and such there is a lot to look at and enjoy. But it’s very much an uphill climb the whole way.

Great summer day for this hike. The trail is well maintained, crossing the river eight times on the way to the falls. Wear chacos for summer hikes on this trail to stay cool and not get waterlogged shoes.

this trail was not as scenic or clear cut as the previous trails I've been on. and, the trails were not obvious to me at first. I hiked one trail that I thought was the old railroad bed and ended up off track in someones back yard. all in all though, it was a decent hike. good ezcercise on a Sunday afternoon.

hiking
over grown
rocky
26 days ago

Definitely challenging. Rocky is an understatement, but totally doable. The views at the top are worth it!

This trail is great but commenting to mention there is an extremely active and extremely aggressive yellow jacket nest just across the road, maybe 200 yards, in the middle of the trail. Take Benadryl for sure and be careful with dogs.

Shady and not too steep. I think the 1200 ft is cumulative out and back. Each pitch was fairly easy. Nice view at the first lookout.

hiking
bugs
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

very nice secluded trail however VERY ROUGH ROAD getting there.....I would say don't bother unless your car has a high rise otherwise you risk fucking up the underparts of your car like I did.

Exceptional hike. Perfect balance of difficulty, wildflowers, blooming rhododendron, and views at the top.

Super! a lot of river crossings. River was low. Numerous high and low tree crossings. There are well walked alternate paths around some fallen trees. Walkable! Plenty of small and big swimming holes along the trail. Nice!

If you enjoy bush crossing, tree crossing and river crossing than you will enjoy this trail. We saw rattle snake there, and it known for having snakes

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over grown
1 month ago

This trail is extremely overgrown. Luckily I'm not reactive to poison ivy but the blackberry brambles did a number on me. There is a LOT of both so I suggest wearing pants. We also ended up on a very long trail that lead us to a neon green trail marker and then the trail just sort of disappeared a bit later. A couple in front of us made the same mistake and we had to back track. We did not see many other hikers but unfortunately we didn't see much wildlife either aside from a really beautiful black snake. Not an incredibly scenic hike but something to do.

Enjoyable hike. When you get to the homes at about the 2/3 mark look to the left of the driveway of the home with the address of 68 and you’ll just barely see where the trail continues.

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