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Johns Mountain and Pinhoti Loop is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Villanow, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,023 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Wildlife Over grown Rocky
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Please note: As of November 2019, the John's Mountain overlook has been closed indefinitely due to vandalism. Contact the park if you have any questions. The trail can be accessed from either the Keown Falls parking lot or the John's Mountain parking lot. The falls are impressive during wet seasons and the trail passes through a large space behind the falls.

Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, P.O. Box 1776, 285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE , Atlanta, GA, 30301, Phone: 404-656-3590

Directions from La LaFayette: Take GA 136 east 13.5 miles. Turn right (south), past Villanow, on a country road (Pocket Road) and drive about 4 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 208 to the observation deck.

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Zack Thomas
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Backpacking

Trail was clear for 85% of it, would recommend pants for the hike

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Teresa Parker
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Compared to other local trails that are rated MODERATE, this trail seemed like it should be rated HARD. 80% of the trail is rocky, very rocky. Wear your best hiking boots for stability. Right before the falls are some very steep, rock steps and then the falls is just a trickle, disappointing. Parts of the trail are not clearly marked and being so rocky, it made it difficult to know if you were actually still on the trail. If you aren't in good shape or have a good sense of direction, I would recommend a different trail. I also can't see how anyone could ride bicycles on this trail as the description states.

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Tovah Hackenberg
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Shane Searcey
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Justin Henry
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Has it all!

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Jody Priest
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Hiking

Nice trail. A little overgrown in spots. Definitely go clockwise, its easier. The falls were nice too.

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Mike Lail
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HikingRocky

Nice hike on a Saturday. Agree with Moderate rating. Arrived 8:30’sh & only 1 other car. Did the full Johns Mountain Loop clockwise (recommend). Quite rocky so watch your step and a few areas area overgrown. Nice views in several areas & some great rock formations. Parking lot was full upon return. Enjoyed a picnic at one of the many shaded Picnic Tables next to the small stream.

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Gina Colaianni
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Jenny Hopkins
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Arrived at 8:30 am. No other cars in the lot. Hiked the loop counterclockwise. Added on the John’s Mountain loop, going counterclockwise. Not much shade on this hot and humid day. Falls was just trickling. Some overgrown areas. Passed only 5 people, but parking lot was full upon return.

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Mike Claiborne
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Hiking

The trail from the parking lot to the waterfall is not closed. We hiked it today and it was lovely. Most of it is moderate gradient packed earth or gravel trail. Close to the waterfall it gets steep, but concrete + rock steps with metal handrails make it possible even for less able hikers. There are approximately 10 picnic tables and bathrooms at the trail head

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Shannon Zogran
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Hiking

This trail exceeded our expectations! Definitely a moderate trail as the incline will tire you out - it is kind of gradual though so it doesn’t exhaust you but you should be in decent shape for the trail! Has 2 really pretty peaks. When you get to the platform that’s next to the waterfall, make sure to head a little further up (you’ll need to take a path that almost looks like it’s made for deer, and you’ll get a way better view). For a majority of the hike it is very shaded and wooded. Hiking boots aren’t necessary but you’ll be walking at various angles and on lots of lose rocks so if you have them, wear them! Path is very easy to follow too. Highly recommend!

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Rusty Ruus
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Hiking

Awesome walk! Not too crowded and the falls were way cooler than we thought they'd be. Lotta climb, but it never felt overwhelming. Quite a lot of good picture spots. The (obvious) forest fire cleared the canopy enough to allow a ton of great flora & fauna to prosper on the forest floor. Saw a ton of little critters and cool plants and shrooms. One bad thing is the Alltrails map is off pretty badly after you pass the Keown Falls overlook on the way back.. The switchback is way past where it says it is. Just stay on the trail, don't second guess yourself & you'll be fine.

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Jason Caba
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HikingRocky

This trail was amazing. Decided to come here on a last minute decision and the views were gorgeous and there was not a lot of traffic. Very peaceful for a hot summer weekend. I would recommend to anyone!

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Daniel Patterson
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Laureli Srery
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Hiking

This trail is temporarily closed due to the “c” word.

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Hayden Ellis
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Trail is temporarily closed as of right now.

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Hector Chiesa
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Hiking

Great trail, if you start left it’s really hard and if you go right it’s easier to get to the falls. Really beautiful when you get to the top. Will definitely do this Trail again.

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Chloe Moore
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Josh O.
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Hiking

Very good hike! 2 waterfalls and a couple good overlooks!

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Scott Trump
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Great views and a bit challenging. Prepare yourself for leg day! The steps to the falls are a workout. We did the entire loop to the falls and then around the mountain... the overlook is worth the climb! Be aware that the first switchback on the way up to the falls is closed and the new route (that looks like it was carved out with a small bobcat) takes you well past where it shows on this map (see my recording for comparison). Really cool to get under the falls too!

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Asja Morrell
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Amie Hill
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We enjoyed this trail. Parked at Keown Falls entrance and turned left from there for a rocky climb up to the falls. I never felt like I needed a hiking stick. After we reached Keown Falls we went up the steep part of Pinhoti to the John’s Mtn. overlook. It appears as if the vandalism has been cleaned up. Then we circled back around to the falls and back down the other side of the Keown Falls trail. It was an enjoyable hike with rewarding views of the waterfall and the overlook. We passed about 5 people while hiking but the parking lot was full when we returned. The picnic area is beautiful with the creek flowing right through it.

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Troy Scott
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Great trail

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David Petersen
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Hiking

Great trail! Steep the first mile but gets easier. Great waterfall and summit views!

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Hayden Ellis
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Hiking

I was very impressed by this trail. The falls and the views were beautiful. I took the trail backwards than what is on all trails. There were a couple of sections where I would have liked to have my trekking poles, but I was fine without them and managed a lot of tricky spots while holding onto a dog leash.

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Melanie Weber
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Hiking

Nice winter hike. The Keown Falls trail used to access the Johns Mountain trail is steep in some places, but the Johns Mountain trail follows the ridge line for a long time, so it is a really pleasant walk.

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