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Johnson Ferry Trail (North)

MODERATE 82 reviews

Johnson Ferry Trail (North) is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marietta, Georgia that features a waterfall 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 59 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This is a walking trail along the Chattahoochee River. Please note that there are two different trails with different parking areas and starting points. Johnson Ferry South and North. This is the North loop. An easy walking trail that follows the Chattahoochee River. A return loop can be made by following a parallel trail along the buried oil pipeline. There is also an extension trail that leads up a creek to the north with some interesting small cliffs and rocky stream.

hiking
19 days ago

You can see the river in only a few spots-huge gorgeous houses on the other side. Definitely can hear the city traffic. If you go further past the last post, there is a really cool semi-cave, but don’t cross the creek- it’s private property

Agree with the other comments - pretty boring. More of an out and back than a loop, and definitely easy, not moderate.

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

The trail is a bit boring, especially once you get past the part next to the river. Getting to the end and finding some space to hang out by the river made it worth it - but that’s all the reward you’ll get so if that’s not your thing then you might not enjoy this trail.

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

Not the best in the world, believe it might be better to do in late fall/winter

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Don’t get lost.

6 months ago

Very easy walk. I went today, on a Friday, around noon, and no other people were out there. In order to reach the little waterfall area, I had to climb over a few downed trees that had recently fallen on the path, but otherwise very, very simple to navigate and complete. There's plenty of shade along almost the entire trail.

9 months ago

It was a nice place to take my dog. Lots of water for him to run in. It was a nice day on a Saturday, midday and it was lightly traffiked. I would go back for a nice place for him to run around.

11 months ago

Wet today. Walk along the river for first mile or so, then through the lightly wooded area to the dam. Not great, but in town and less crowded than alternatives

Tue Nov 27 2018

Easy trail. Great for a dog walk.

Thu Oct 18 2018

Very easy and scenic! Almost no inclination unless you veer off into the woods by the creek instead of keeping alongside the river. (Even then it’s still pretty easy.) There’s a few great spots for setting up a hammock as well. Also most people let their dogs off their leash but I’ve never had a problem aside from someone losing their dog in the woods.

hiking
Sat Jul 14 2018

Nice trail and fairly scenic along the Hooch. Mulberry Creek is the final destination and is nice place for kids or the four-legged children among us.

hiking
Mon May 14 2018

Not the most strenuous trail if you stick to the set route. Going off-path is a better workout. Quit trail with wildlife and a nice view of the river.

Sun Nov 12 2017

some great hidden trails that aren't mapped

Sat Sep 09 2017

Great hiking. Went off the beaten track. Lots to explore. Will be back.

Sun Aug 27 2017

August 27 great day for a tea walk!!

hiking
Mon May 29 2017

It's a pretty trail in the forest near the river. It's very flat and an easy loop.

Sat Oct 15 2016

A short trail with the river alongside you. It's pretty level so good for beginners.

walking
Sun May 01 2016

The trail was easy to follow. Flat level for the most of it, with side trails to keep you by the river. Looks like park service is trying to "restore" this area back to its natural state. A lot of poison ivy growing through the trails by the river. We hiked to the "peak" and continued on to find where two creeks merged. However, this started into private property. Dogs allowed and access to the Chattahoochee to dip your toes. Overall good short day hike.

Sat Jun 06 2015

So nice to be able to be this much in the woods this close to home.

walking
Sat Dec 13 2014

I've been here a few times now. The first few times were in March. It looks like the center and very flat portion was clear cut, which I enjoyed. You can get some closer views of the river if you take the east paths that come in and out. Although the center path was very flat, you do occasionally have to cross a few brooks, some of them have large pipes. The official maps show the path ending at the 4rd brook, but you can continue much further on to a nice view of the Morgan Falls Dam. I came back do do an evening run in September and it was a little overgrown. If there were foot bridges instead of pipes this would be a great walk for someone who couldn't do hilly or rough terrain. It is probably too boring for most people who hang out here.

hiking
Fri Aug 16 2013

Flat. Boring. Zero scenic value. Only got a few glimpses of the river through thick trees. The whole unit of the hooch appear disheveled and abandoned. Sort of felt like this was a waste of my time. Worst CRNRA unit I have ever visited.

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

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