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Very unique hike with around 20 river crossings out and back. The trail is poorly marked and it is very easy to lose track. Follow the light green markings/ pink ribbons. The hike itself is easy up to the waterfall but gets harder and steeper after that, to the overlook. Went mid October and the shallow water was mid calf deep. Get ready to hike with wet shoes

backpacking
1 month ago

We just hiked this on 10/10/18 . I can tell you that the trails are not clearly marked. the trail head does t even tell you your at conasauga river trail. it's just a big sign with a blurry map and you walk dow a road a little with a little wooden sign that just says trail. almost missed it. once you get to the river it is beautiful down there. but it's very hard to tell which way to go. we went left oops. haha wrong way came back after a pretty good distant walk. went right this time. found the trail most of the way think we crossed the river 5 times. before we couldn't see a trail anymore so we gave up found a camping spot and camped for the night. that was the night of hurricane Michael. well we woke up and the rover did rise quite a bit and was flowing fast so we decided to pack up and head back. Just wish the trails where clearly marked in some way. even with just marking tape . other then that we will be back to do it again!!!

This was a GREAT hike with GREAT views. Would definitely do it again. Only downside is you can’t access the top of the lookout tower. Highly recommend!!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Started at the chestnut lead trailhead and hiked down to the river trail. The river crossings are a lot of fun but make sure you have sturdy shoes and two hiking poles. There are multiple crossings! And as a FYI the hike back up the chestnut lead trail is a killer - basically straight uphill for two miles. But overall an amazing hike!

beautiful camp, check before you go. some of the trails are closed due to storm damage

Amazing hike, 7 creek crossings, loved both falls on this trail. Well worth the hike.

Great hike that was really fun. Excellent view at the tower!!

my husband and i have been twice and cant find this waterfall with the rope swing??????? help.. we parked at the day use spot. we took the trail directly behind it. when we got to the bottom we walked upstream and came out at the campsites. we did see alot of pretty places just not that exact waterfall:(

Love this place , been going over 30 years

It’s a trail by a river and miles of it, it’s alright.

on Songbird Trail

3 months ago

A very pleasant and easy hike through the forest. Small elevation gain. I am working with an injury, and it was a good start to my return to hiking.

Note there are 11 miles of gravel road to get to the campground, but was well worth it to us. We're planning to return to camp on the lake!

I did lower half of the trail it was challenging but fun. I got lost few times and water was little higher then I expected.

Moderate trail along the river. Last 1.5 miles is a really fun rock scramble. Can't wait to go back.

Been going to the lake my whole life and always wanted to hike this trail.... did it today!!! It is uphill to the tower and you can walk up the stairs to the first landing for a good view. The good news is it’s all downhill going back out;) It is a beautiful trail. Saw squirrels and deer. Camped 3 days at the lake. Gorgeous week!!!!

backpacking
6 months ago

Backpacked this trail early May 2018. Parked at the end of the trail.

Day one hiked from mile 11 to mile 7.
Day two day packed from mile 7 to 3 and back to 7.
Day three hiked back to car.

Loved not having to carry much water around with me. Just filtered a liter or two at a time as we hiked along the river.
Made the mistake of wearing open toed Tevas. While it was nice being able to get them wet, they were slippery on the rocks and actually broke halfway through the trip

My biggest regret on this trip was not bringing hiking poles. Would have made the crossings way easier.

Would advise lining your pack with a trash bag for when you inevitably take a dip in the river.

River Crossings:
Depending on if it rained recently, you might not be able to safely cross. It hadn’t rained in the week before going, and it was still pretty hard to cross in some areas. This made for a great challenge! Sometimes hard to find the right place to cross. Sometimes the trail crossing spot is too dangerous, and you have to walk down or upstream to find a good crossing point. The rocks in the water were pretty slippery.

We were never worried about getting swept down the river, more just falling in and getting the packs drenched. I fell in a few times :)

Camping:
There were a few camp spots between 11 and 9, but very few between 9 and 6. South of 6 there were a ton! The campsites were somewhat dirty and could use a visit by rangers.

Trail:
The elevation change in the trail was easy. The trail was very poorly marked between miles 11 and 6. While you can’t get lost (you just follow the river), you’re kind of bushwhacking it in this section. Lots of poison ivy around but we never got it - probably because we were constantly getting washed off in the river. Bring cream just in case.

Miles 3-6 were much better traveled and the trails were clear.

Overall really liked this hike and would visit it again.

Since we have had so much rain for the passed month or so the falls were gorgeous!! Nice hike for the whole family. I baby wear so the last little leg being uphill got to me. lol. We all had fun.

Very dissapointed in this trail. Trecking up mostly on a gravel road was very difficult for me and the view was lacking due to trees and haze due to pollen and Controlled fires happening in the area. the Tower was locked so no view.

great view of the top. make sure to park where the closed gate for the 1st camping ground for the lake is. trail is pretty much all uphill. btw it's a 1hr drive on a mountain country non paved road from the main road, watch out city folks lol

Gorgeous trail and views and waterfalls, wild life. Ride up people say very rigid...SUV..no problem!

I was not aware that you are able to drive all the way to the top where the lookout was of it wasn’t chained off. But once we figured that out and started walking it was great. It was an moderate walk, not that long and once you get to the lookout it’s amazing.

If you complete the entire trail, you cross the creek 16 times one way. So 32 times total. This does not include any of the natural runoffs or springs. The difficulty of the trail varies on the water levels for the creek crossings. There are areas on the trail that are not marked well. Most of the elevation gain is near the end of the trail. If you just want to see the waterfall, it’s approximately 2.8 miles one way. Great hike!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Amazing place to visit. to get to the base of the last falls is no joke!!! the trail is not really marked follow creek down stream from the campground.

hiking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hiked Thursday, 10/26/17: This has been my favorite hike from AllTrails. it was so pleasant and was able to hike three days before it closed for Winter. There always a beautiful view at the base across a small creek and a great view from the first landing of the tower at the top.

backpacking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Absolutely stunning! We backpacked mid-week in October and did not see or hear another soul. River crossings were no more than knee-height 2 days after a heavy rainfall. Plenty of campsites for tents or hammocks near the river. We hiked down Tearbritches and up Conasaugua River Trail, and we wished we had just done the full CRT. About the river crossings...we did 12 wet crossings between where the Tearbritches trail meets the CRT until where the Chestnut Lead trail meets the CRT. The first couple crossings, we took the time to remove our shoes, but gave up at the third - they were just too numerous. The fires from 2016 have left their mark and the trail is a bit difficult to follow in places. Some of the signage is on the ground and partially burned so our GPS with the tracks was helpful. There is a lot of treefall, but nothing treacherous. Trekking poles were invaluable, as were quick-drying shoes and an extra pair of dry socks for sleeping. We normally don't like trails with a lot of river crossings, but we can't wait until we have an opportunity to do the entire trail. We ran the shuttle with a front-wheel drive sedan, in case anyone is wondering about road conditions.

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The top of the tower is chained off... you can only climb half way up the steps... decent view... would be a lot nicer if you could get to the top.... the road getting here takes like an hour.... bumpy forest road....

backpacking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The hike to the falls required 10 creek crossings. We were able to keep our feet dry and our dog handled them all easily, but there had been no recent heavy rains. Trekking poles recommended. Lots of trash for the first couple of miles so if you can bring a trash bag to clean up after others, please do. The hike to the falls I would call moderate only because of the crossings. It is not steep but there are two or three scrambles that may challenge some people. There is a sign designating the trail to the falls vs. continuing on Emery Creek Trail at about 2 miles. From this point, the falls are only a few hundred yards away. Continuing on ECT is easy for about one mile, then it gets medieval. After passing a primitive campsite on hiker's left (with water source at the site) at about 3 miles, the trail crosses the creek then ascends steeply for the remainder of the trail. The trail is narrow, sloped, and has some fallen trees to navigate and a fair amount of briar crossing the trail. However there are some good views of Fort Mountain and walking through the pine forests covered in pine needles was nice. But be warned, it climbs over 700 feet per mile to the top! At the top is a car-camping area. Backpacking here would be easy because there are frequent campsites that will accommodate tents. Hammock camping would be a breeze. However, once it really starts climbing, tent campsites are absent until the top. Water sources are frequent for treating/filtering water until about 3 miles in, then there are two more water sources on the trail before reaching the top. A good overnighter would be to leave a car at the top, and camp somewhere above the falls. One of the most difficult parts of this as an out-and-back day hike is descending what was ascended, then knowing you need to do all the crossings again. Both my wife and I were spent after an out and back day hike. Unlike a lot of waterfall hikes, you can cool off in the water at the parking area. Plenty of places to hang a hammock next to the water.

Monday, October 02, 2017

This trail was really beautiful and fun with all the water crossings. We will for sure do this one again. It was a bit hard to find the trail in a few places, so stay vigilant. Also, one of the campsites had a pretty wicked yellow jackets nest that stung my girlfriend, my dog and me. All in all it was a lot of fun and incredibly beautiful to hike in early Autumn.

hiking
Saturday, September 16, 2017

We could not find the trail. We asked the campers and no one knew. Would be nice to have a trail head marked. We went down several trails all the were the wrong trail. we would love to go back if I could just find it. Does anyone have any info for me?

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Nice little trail, but took the forest road back down from the tower because we ran into some hunters on the trail coming back. Not sure if this is allowed but didn't want to get shot.

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