Jacks Knob Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Jacks Knob Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hiawassee, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3211 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Blairtstown: Take US 19 and 129 south from Blairsville for 8 miles. Turn left (east) onto Georgia 180. Go 8 miles and turn left (north) onto Georgia 180 Spur and follow it 3 miles to Brasstown Bald Visitor Center Parking Lot.

9 days ago

what a workout.. loved every moment

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I started this hike from the parking lot of Brasstown Bald not realizing the entire way from that end is a descent... and coming back up KICKED MY BUTT! I am in good shape, in my 20s, run and hike regularly and my heart rate was sky high and I was having to repeatedly stop for breaks. Coming back up (from highway 180) there is absolutely no break in elevation and it's just a steep climb the entire way. I went the first week of September and the trees still had a lot of leaves so much of the view was obscured... I'm positive in late fall and winter when the leaves are gone the views would be breathtaking, but unfortunately I wasn't able to see much when I went. The trail is pretty easy to see and it's deep in the woods and I did see bear tracks (thankfully no bears!) Several good spots to camp if you wanted to do an overnight trip. It does cost $5 to park at Brasstown Bald so keep that in mind! Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. It is straight up and since it is July the tree canopy really blocked and views. But, there are beautiful wildflowers lining the trail almost the entire way. We did see signs of bear recent activity. When we reached the chatahoochee gap we followed the "water" sign for hikers down to the spring that many people say starts the chatahoochee river.

2 months ago

All uphill when starting at 180. Nice hike to the top but be aware there are no gaps or breaks in elevation to the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Jacks knob from hwy. 180 to Top of Brasstown bald. 5.6 miles round trip. Very steep most of the way. Well worth the effort. Best views in all of Ga. that I have seen so far.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great trail! Did it for my second time this weekend and loved it. It's definitely a difficult trail and will get your heart rate up. Just a piece of advice: if you decide to camp at the Chatahoochee Gap, go down the mountain a little bit so you don't get caught in the wind. Also, if you turn on the dirt road to the right (right before you cross over Russel Byway), it leads to a super cool hidden waterfall. Highly recommend!

7 months ago

backpacking
7 months ago

Good hike, we'll maintained trail, saw about 7 other day hikers on the trail. You can jump on the AT at the Southern end of the trail to add more distance.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Good hike. Moderate to difficult. Quiet with no other hikers. Goes over three different knobs. No great view but still worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked from highway 180 up to Jack's Knob. Beautiful and well maintained trail. Great views. Very quiet.

hiking
8 months ago

i did jacks knob to chattahoochee gap then headed north to unicoi gap. total distance is 7 miles and the toughest sections are at the beginning and end. in the middle is a beautiful hike with many near level sections along the way. there is a huge boulder field on the north side of spaniards knob but the rocks are smooth and easy to traverse. i stopped at henson gap for a break and soon after saw the blue mountain shelter in the distance. blue mountain has a long stretch of fairly level trail which was enjoyable. the last mile was steep and brutal and rocky.

8 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Friday, June 17, 2016

Pleasant, leisurely alternate route up Brasstown Bald to avoid the disappointing paved path. Standard fare for the region - beautiful wooded areas, views across state lines at mountains in both, wildflowers and everyday north Georgian fauna everywhere, relaxing and easy going.

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

This was an excellent hike. If you are looking for a more challenging hike up to the peak of brasstown bald other then the .6 mile paved path, then this is the one to do. We parked at the bottom of the main road entrance to brasstown bald and hiked up the well maintained and marked path all the way up to the parking lot at a little over 4.6 miles. Then we hiked to the top of the parking lot and up the paved path to the peak. Excellent views from the top, with multiple states seen in the distance.

hiking
Saturday, December 12, 2015

completed jacks knob up to brasstown bald. it was a warm december day and i was in shorts and a tee shirt. the trail finally leveled off when i reached wolfpen ridge at about 2 miles. stopped for a drink at the top and noticed it was a lot colder so did not stay long. roots roots and more roots on the sometimes very steep trail down with lots of leaves and pine straw made it not so fun anymore. encountered 5 humans and no animals along the way. 5.76 miles round trip in 3 hours with elevations from 3000 to 4400 feet. i have done this trail 5 or 6 times since my review and it has become one of my favorites since it is so close to my house. for most people it will provide both a challenge and scenic beauty.