Jacks River Trail

MODERATE 50 reviews

Jacks River Trail is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Epworth, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
15.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3310 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

camping

canoeing

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

26 mile trail that requires 42 river crossings. Recommended summer without approaching inclement weather. Flood waters are vary dangerous.

backpacking
17 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Ok so WOW! We did not expect to have this much fun on this hike. As we prepared for this trip we assumed the river crossings would be nothing more than puddle jumping but we were wrong. We started at the Dally Gap. Our trip was in the last weekend of March and the river was ROARING. Apparently the river is a lot rougher in the spring. Every river crossing brought us to at minimum waste deep water. Many times we were chest deep and even having to swim. The rocks were very slippery and the current was very strong. We were 4 grown, strong men who love to hike and we were struggling at times. A few of the crossings were fairly dangerous, but it was a blast! We crossed the river 21 times before settling into camp just before the 22nd (and final) river crossing before the waterfall. A total of 6.5-7 miles the first day. The next day we originally planned to go back the same way but none of us wanted to venture back into the cold water 21 more times! Haha. Instead we headed to the falls and spent sometime there. We hiked the few miles up beech bottom trail to the parking area where we set off down the road, eventually hitch hiking back to our truck. We had a long journey back home and decided it be better to get a head start.

Overall we would have loved to hike the entire river but we just didn't have the time. I would highly recommend venturing this trail in the spring. It's not for the faint of heart and def not for children. Pack your stuff in drybags or it will certainly get wet!

1 month ago

2 months ago

I worked with the Southeast Conservation Corps here, it is one of many trails that I have worked on and it is by far one of the best.

hiking
3 months ago

camping
3 months ago

Lots of river crossings which I really loved about the trail, definitely worth the hike to the waterfall

5 months ago

such a fun hike. not for scrubs that don't know how to cross rivers following a trail.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

It is a very hard trail if you don't know what you are doing. Plan on staying overnight because it will take you a day in and a day out. Overall it is a very unique trail to hike.

9 months ago

beautiful hike - tremendous waterfalls!

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

Amazing hike! loved the water

backpacking
10 months ago

Awesome!

backpacking
10 months ago

I have been hiking the Jack's River since 1979.... it is one of the best hikes anyone can do in Georgia. The crossing and water levels must be taken into consideration or it can turn into the hike from hell if you are going late fall or early spring. Keys- poles, dry bag, and figure which direction you are going with foot ware.... keens or boots...
Some areas are impacted hard will so much traffic... so be kind. There are very few hikes like this anywhere so enjoy.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

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