Cochran Creek Falls

HARD 14 reviews

Cochran Creek Falls is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Amicalola, Georgia that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
364 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

rocky

off trail

13 days ago

difficult to find the trail head. follow the road across one creek then take the left fork. go across the second creek and take the right fork. park there and get across the next creek on foot. difficult hike/climb but well worth it! FOLLOW THE TRAIL MARKERS. don't make the same mistake I made and wear tennis shoes.

1 month ago

Stay to the right and you'll be fine. Once you reach the rock face climbing up to the water fall you are able to turn right and get on top. Be very careful through this part. It is a skinny and steep trail with trail makers the size of a large thumb tack(tacks are orange reflectors). The view at the top is worth the climb with large rock you can sit on right next to the fall.

hiking
1 month ago

I have done this one three times and when the trail is wet/muddy, I regret it and am nervous about slipping and getting hurt. However, when the conditions are dry, it seems like no big deal and I really enjoy myself. So definitely go after a dry period without any rain for a few days if possible.

Also if you have any microspikes or similar that you use in snow/ice, they will help on a trail like this where there are some steep areas. I don't there is any Class 3 climbing but some Class 2, here and there, but nothing major.

So this trail is kidn of overrated for being dangerous, but you still want to be very careful and avoid it when wet.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike ! Really challenging the last quarter of a mile but the rest is relatively flat. Tons of waterfalls.

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3 months ago

Great hike for those looking for the less traveled. There were about four people on the trail today, and yes you will need something with all-wheel-drive or better. My little CRV did fine. Cross The first two streams, then park and use water shoes or sandals if you have some. after that third Creek you won't need them. The actual roof of the Falls is a little bit of the ways in, about 2.6 Miles. The trail has many trees falling over it, stick to the right side of the creek and you will eventually climb up past the cascade. Once you get to the top, you'll see the giant rock plateau and another scramble up the right side. Pretty rough going for about a quarter-mile. The effort is well worth it though! Definitely for experienced hikers, don't come out here with pets or sneakers.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

Really great hike. Definitely difficult and for experienced hikers. Wear good shoes and don't expect to do the whole hike with your dog. Bring a friend because there is always a possibility of getting hurt and the trail is slippery. If you have a decent vehicle, you'll drive through the first two parts of the creek, then park, then start your hike walking through the third section of the creek. :) have fun!

4 months ago

The trail is not marked very well, there are occasional Orange push pins. These become very important about 1.5 miles in because the trail comes to an end at the base of the waterfall. This is where it becomes incredibly difficult until the top and those Orange push pins become important....my recommendation is to stay within sight of the falls and just keep climbing up. It's very steep, with lots of loose rocks and overgrowth. Also, bring a friend. The potential of getting hurt is very high. But know that once you've reached the top of the falls it makes it all worth it. Such a breathtaking waterfall. I would only recommend this to experienced hikers and to not bring any pets.

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5 months ago

I chose strenuous for this trek because where the bottom of the falls start the trail ends and it's more like mountaineering and climbing to get to a place where you can see the top of the 600 ft falls. I would not do this hike in the winter because of the potential for the rocks to be icy.The first mile or two in is pretty flat land though. Beautiful wildflowers lined the trail this spring and I loved this trail because we were the only ones on it all day!