Cochran Creek Falls

HARD 42 reviews

Cochran Creek Falls is a 3.8 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

rocky

off trail

hiking
6 days ago

The trailhead was a little tricky to find, maybe because my directions left out the final turn onto Blackhawk road, new map got us there. Blackhawk is a rutted dirt road with several berms added for erosion. There is a creek crossing suitable for a car, and another that requires a 4x4. We parked our car just before the second crossing and walked in. After crossing the creek take the right fork in the road. Trail head is a logging road across Curtis Creek.. First couple miles follows the logging road, mostly sticking by the creek. Last section follows many smaller falls up to the main falls and around to the top. Very nice falls. Lots of slippery steep trail to get you dirty at the climbing portion of the trail. Very nice! We took our time, hung out, were in and out in 3.5 hours. Could be done much quicker. Several creek crossings, feet will get wet.

1 month ago

Trail can be hard to find! Like everyone says I recommend a truck or 4 wheel drive to get through two creeks. Trail has a lot of fallen trees but overall easy to follow until you get near the waterfall. Follow the orange thumbtacks! We went a little off trail and ended up on top of some copper heads

hiking
2 months ago

The first two miles you're going to wonder why it's classified as "hard." This hike will take you to the very top of the waterfall where it gets the most tricky. You really are climbing/scrambling and the trail can be pretty wet and muddy adding to the difficulty We hadn't realized it at first, but the trail is marked with ORANGE THUMBTACKS. These little suckers will be your best friend. You'll need a truck or SUV to get past the two creeks before the trail. There's another creek right at the beginning of the hike so you will start off with wet shoes! Great hike, but pictures will not do it justice.

hiking
3 months ago

Difficult hike. Not super long but lots of huge fallen trees. Trail is not clearly marked. You will get your shoes wet. You will be on your hands and knees at times. Well worth it, however.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hidden gem. Definitely plan to protect yourself against the ticks though - we pulled 20+ off my husband and 12+ off our dog. They were in the dog’s ears and in between his toes!!! Like other reviewers said, I’d bring your 4WD vehicle if possible because you need to cross two creeks to get to the trailhead. If you don’t have one, you could always park further up the road and cross the creeks by foot. Recommend wearing whatever shoes you’re comfortable getting your feet wet in!

3 months ago

fun but challenging in places well worth any climbing or log jams

3 months ago

Cool hike up there love the last little bit of the climbe up to the falls, made the whole hike worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! The waterfall is absolutely as great as they say! The directions given by others in their reviews are the only way we got there. Thank you everyone!!

5 months ago

This is one amazing waterfall. You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance as there are two water crossings on the drive in. Trail is fairly easy all but the last 1/4. Once you reach this point I would only suggest the experienced hiker continue as it is more of a climb to the top. While this climb is difficult and proper footwear is recommend, the effort is well worth it. This is one of the most beautiful sites I have visited in Georgia.

5 months ago

Great little trail. The view from the top was awesome. Definitely my new go to for a stroll. The rocks towards to top were a little slick.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail with little traffic and great views that takes up the mountain, if you follow the creek. Definitely one to come back during Spring. Had to cross over the creek twice so a all wheel drive or SUV is recommended, not too demanding but have to cross on foot the creek, so will get feet wet.

7 months ago

Cluster f#%k to try and get to. You need a Jeep to even reach the trail head. Do not recommend.

hiking
10 months ago

rewarding waterfall views; easy to get off the trail; last 1/2 mile up to waterfall is more a climb than a hike (tough) but definitely worth the effort.

hiking
10 months ago

This waterfall is majestic. Trail is not well used, so have to pay attention and follow the creek up the mountain. Scenery is very beautiful as you get a couple miles in when the trail begins to follow directly alongside the creek/waterfalls going straight up the mountain. Difficult climb to the very top of the top waterfall, but we'll worth it. Pack a lunch and a days supply of cannabis for optimal experience. Oh yea, saw a 12ish ft long snake from the trail (about 15 ft away) that had red and black stripes, didn't see it's head. So just be aware and prepared. A machete or firearm would not be a bad idea

10 months ago

Awesome! Half day for sure but totally worth it.

10 months ago

TRAILHEAD: Trailhead is hard to find if your GPS goes off its rocker like mine did towards tail end of directions. But you'll take a left where you see a Cochran Cemetery sign and Blackhawk Drive. You'll cross over two small rivers (not deep).
Amazing cascading waterfalls!!

11 months 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. pictures Don't do this falls justice. absolutely stunning.

hiking
11 months ago

Hard to find the trailhead and have to drive thru 2 creeks . Make sure you cross the creek and hike on the right side. Trail is over there. We learned that after traveling on the left side for a mile. Waterfalls are beautiful. Don’t go when it’s wet since rocks are very slippery and dangerous. Worth the effort to hike to the very top.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

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.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

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!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

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!

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