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Jack's Knob Trail from Jack's Gap to Chattahoochee River Headwaters

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Jack's Knob Trail from Jack's Gap to Chattahoochee River Headwaters is a 5.3 mile out and back trail located near Hiawassee, Georgia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,771 ft Route type Out & Back
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Early autumn hike from the base of Brasstown Bald to the headwaters spring of the Chattahoochee River.

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Robert Pino
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Mike Pickering
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Emma Highfield
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Scott Moss
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Maryann Freeman
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lovely quite forested trail. lots of up and down. little peek a boo views this time of year. on my list to do again in the winter

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Dani McCullough
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We absolutely loved this trail... lush, quiet, and secluded. Ended up crossing paths with a startled black bear with about 3/4 of a mile left on the return trip.

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Jean Liang
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The temperature on the trail is like 10 degree cooler than the outside world and rhododendrons are still blooming. We passed AT and kept going until reach the waterhead. Nice short summer hike

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Connie Braun
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Nice trail. Lightly trafficked. Not sure why it’s listed as easy, should definitely be moderate. Mainly due to coming back up the switchbacks, which aren’t incredibly steep, but there are a lot of them. You’re going back uphill 1.7 miles. The trees haven’t filled in yet, so there were pretty views. The rhododendron in the lower elevations will probably be beautiful and in bloom come May.

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Norman Hicks Sr.
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I parked down on Hwy 180 for this hike, so it sort of naturally divides this hike into the two halves, the Brasstown side and the AT side. I tackled Brasstown first because I knew it was going to be a wicked climb. The footing was pretty decent and the switchbacks kept the grade at a manageable level. The trail officially knocks off in the parking lot for the bald, but that close to the top, there was no way I wasn’t going all the way up. Not a bad hike, so I elected to shoot for the AT when I got back down the hill. The elevation gain on the AT side really surprised me. Looking at the elevation profile on the map, it looks pretty easy but then you are comparing it to the highest mountain in the state. The footing on the AT side is not as good as the Brasstown side, but I’ve still hiked plenty of trails that were worse. I was worried about running out of daylight, so I set my alarm for a 4 PM turnaround since I’d left my headlamp in my toolbox at work like an idiot. I made it to the AT with 8 minutes to spare and was back at my car with daylight to spare. There have been some pretty hard freezes up here lately, and yellowjackets no longer seem to be an issue.

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Mike Bell
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Lawrence Morrissey
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amy ritchie
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Matt Ritzer
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Diane McEwan
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Jay Britz
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Sheldon Smith
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Bill Sims
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Mark Sherberg
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Lawrence Morrissey
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King Kong
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kevin smyth
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Mariah Witsaman
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