Cohutta Wilderness Loop Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Cohutta Wilderness Loop Trail is a 24.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Epworth, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

24.1 miles
4980 feet

dogs on leash





nature trips




wild flowers


Dotted with place names like Crooked Dog Gap and Rough Creek, this route mixes rugged ridgeline climbs and quiet riverside campsites. The Cohutta Wilderness is more than 30,000 acres that is not to be changed by man, and only visited by people. The trails are mostly unmarked, so bring a map. The loop is made up of several trails, East Cowpen, Hickory Ridge, Jack's River and Rough Ridge (it is). There is two river fords along Jacks River. There is no water on the East Cowpen and Hickory Ridge side. A real nice spring is at a great campsite along Rough Ridge about two miles south of Jack Creek. Additional camping along Jack,s Creek, and at junction of East Cowpen and Hickory Ridge. Heading north is all downhill, and south is all uphill, especially from Jack's River.

9 months ago

I would have rated this trail 5 stars but you couldn't use much of it. it has not been cleaned up since the fires last year. there were trees down all over the trails. we had to go over, under and around constantly. also the trails are not blazed at all so it is very easy to miss a turn or lose the trail with all the trees down.

the trails were so bad we could not complete the loop and had to come back out on the same path. if it were cleaned up it would have been a great hike and camping experience.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Very strenuous IMO, can be a tough trail that twists almost the entire duration of the hike

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pretty Tough. Lot's of water available from creeks and the rivers. Can be easy to lose the trail at water crossings. Much Shade. A good two day challenge

5 months ago

Saturday, September 06, 2014