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Beech Bottom Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Old Fort, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 974 ft Route type Out & Back

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Beech Bottom Trail is used primarily as a day hike access trail to the Jacks River Falls. It is a wide, easy trail to follow with mild inclines and declines. It has several spots where you can see out over the Jacks River valley and is a highly recommended trail. Day Use only in the Beech Bottom/Jacks River Falls area from April 1 through October 31 each year. Year-round campfire and alcohol ban in this closure area. Call Conasauga Ranger District at 706-695-6736 for a map showing the restricted area.

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Roman Ivenski
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Hiking

Absolutely epic - probably my favorite waterfall in the south. Multi-level waterfall with pools you can swim in, remote, powerful. Just totally epic. Now the downsides: - Takes about an hour from the highway on very rough dirt roads. Tried to drive my tesla, had to turn around and borrow wife’s SUV. - Fairly low elevation hike, so hot. But jumping in the waterfall makes it worth it.

Mark Miller
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HikingBlowdown

Nice day hike

Jo Coop
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Hiking

I'm not sure how recent this has happened but there are a lot of downed trees on the trail. Still easy to navigate though. there are recent reports of the road being washed out but I went on June 2nd 2020 and the road to the trailhead was driveable. I guess they were finishing repairs that day bc on the way in there was a lot of dirt and mud and on the way out or was all gravel. The hike itself is easy, low grade inclines and declines. But obviously it's lengthy. No cell service so having some way of tracking your steps or mileage/ GPS location is def mentally helpful because a large part of the walk is monotonous albeit beautiful. Without a way of tracking progress it gets to you mentally a bit, especially on the way out. The prize at the end of the trail makes it more than worth it, even for ppl for whom 9-10 miles might be pushing it. Beautiful clear waters, swimming, cliff jumping, rock climbing, etc. Just an overall playground. water temp is def cold but feels nice on your muscles after the trek, and on even a milidly warm day you don't feel the cold after the initial shock. HIGHLY recommend for nature chasers.

Andrew Coats
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Backpacking

Great trail with lots of tree cover throughout the whole hike so you don’t get too hot! The Jack’s River Falls were beautiful. There was a great campsite about 1.5 miles past the Falls. Went the weekend of June 20, 2020, and the road to the trail appears to have been repaired (was previously washed out). There was still a “road closed ahead” sign at the base of the mountain where we drove up, but we and many other cars had no issues getting up.

Matthew Whalley
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Hiking

Took Peavine Sneed to Big Frog and got to the trail no problem. the trail itself is bereft with fallen trees, but it is a nice day hike to Jack's River Falls. Bring something to swim in!

Connie Cosentino
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Hiking

My favorite hike of all time!

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Kris Charas
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BackpackingWashed out

As of this past weekend, Big Frog Road to the EAST of the trailhead is washed out, with an impassable section. No vehicle can make it across as it is roughly a 6 foot across by 6 foot deep cut across the entire road. The drainage tube below is completely exposed. You can only get to the trailhead via PEAVINE SNEED CREEK ROAD as far as I can tell. Trail itself was beautiful, and despite posted signs saying no camping during the summer season, there seemed to be plenty of people heading down with full packs for overnight adventures.

David Estermyer
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Camping

beach bottom trail head to rice camp with the wife and my 8 year old and 5 year old. camping on the island is awesome. There is room for about 8 to ten tents/hammocks. It is kept very clean of trash and overgrown brush. It has two community fire rings and easy access to water. very cozy and secure. definitely will be back.

Ryan Prince
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just called ranger station they said the road has been fixed can anyone that has put eyes on it since this morning may 27 2020 please post I'm planning a trip and need to know

Brandon Seale
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HikingBlowdown

Once again, Beech Bottom Trail did not disappoint! We spent our Memorial Day in the woods for a one night stay, and the weather was beautiful! Water was a little higher than what I've experienced on Jack's River, but the river crossings were still manageable. We did run into more blown down trees than normal, but that's expected with some of the recent storms we've had! Regardless, Beech Bottom Trail and Jack's River Trail will always be one of my favorite places to hike/camp!

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John Morgan
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Note. the road to this trail is completely washed away 7 miles before the trailhead and they have closed the road. There is a 8 ft wide, 8 ft deep section completely gone, exposing a culvert below. Anyone wanting to do this 9 mile hike to Jack River Falls will have to add 14 additional miles.

Zach Aldredge
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky
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Anna K.
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Hiking

The falls are so worth the 9.1 miles. The terrain, in my opinion, is relatively easy. The length of the trail is what classifies it as moderate. Also, I made it to the trail in a 2019 corolla no problem. I wouldn’t bring a car with very low clearance though.

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Kellie McCourtney
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HikingBlowdown

Can barely notice elevation gain and loss - Very forgiving and beautiful trail. Wide most of the way with a few narrow sections. Rocky path around the falls, otherwise flat dirt or gravel. Large payout with this amazing waterfall. So many places to relax or swim with two major jumping cliffs. No camping though, bummer.

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Jordan Banks
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HikingBlowdownMuddy
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Mika Douglas
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

It was a nice hike, but there was quite a bit of scrambling down or around fallen trees.

drew tanner
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Hiking

feels like the trail goes forever!! saw 2 bears. jacks river falls is awesome!! we swam for hours.

Jay Gleaton
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Hiking

Closed to overnight packers as of dec 25th call Forrest service to see if they have opened it. You can still hike it though.

Zane Hollingsworth
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Hiking

Great hike. Fairly easy trail. Few easy water crossings. Beautiful waterfall. So happy I found this trail!

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Sarah Steele
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HikingBlowdownRocky

nice wide trail up until the last split towards waterfall. it becomes very narrow, Rocky, and steep

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Anna Pitts
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Hiking

The road getting to the trail head is a slow go and there’s a lot of bumps-so go slow. The trail is marked and is a easy hike to the falls. The water was low yesterday but the falls was still flowing. This was the 3rd time I’ve done this hike and it’s a favorite. Great falls, great trail and great way to get in 9+ miles of cardio!

Lori Gaddis
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HikingBlowdown

The trail was really great most of the way. There’s quite a bit of blow down but most were easy to go over or under. There were some rock scrambles I didn’t expect that we’re kind of tough. The road up was a little rough. Had to go pretty slow most of the way to make sure I didn’t damage my car.

bruce neiman
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Hiking

Awesome hike to Jacks River falls- beautiful day!

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Daniel Patterson
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HikingBugsRocky

Hadn’t been out there for 12 years or so and it looked a lot cooler since the wildfires cleared so much out and I have to say it was just as amazing as I remembered it being maybe even better now. Good trail and easy hike. Maybe 10 miles overall out and back. I’d highly recommend and will go back in the fall. Water is easy to come by as well.

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