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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

3 months 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!!!

3 months 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.

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

on Songbird Trail

5 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.

8 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 :)

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

on Conasauga River Trail

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Trail was hard to determine, many river crossings, long

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We loved the trail. Easy hike and beautiful drive to get to it. Can't wait to hike it this fall.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

This trail is great! Very low traffic on the trail itself. Be prepared for 10 river crossings just to the falls themselves (about 2.5 miles in). We're not talking little streams you can skip across on dry rocks; I mean, mid-calf level waters that require a hiking sandal perhaps. There were also several campsites along the stretch that I'll happily return to in the future. The start of the trail has a bit of a boulder scramble to get up, but that's the toughest part. The trail itself is pretty flat. Would rate moderate. Blazes are neon green, and if in doubt, look for them across the river as that's likely where you need to go. The falls were a nice place to dry off and eat lunch before returning to the trailhead.

Trail was amazing , beautiful scenery with gorgeous creek and ultimately the waterfalls. Following the neon green blazes is a bit sketchy as some of the river crossings. Hard to spot a green blaze amongst all the greenery /trees . Lots of water flowing due to the rain so made for a beautiful waterfall! Highly recommend if you don't mind your feet wet - it is awesome

hiked this june 2017. great hike about 7 river crossings up to the falls.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Just completed, started 6/16 hiked back out 6/17, to the northern trail head. The river on 6/16 was higher due to the rainfall during the week. On Saturday while hiking out river level had dropped about 18". I would hike this during the week, a lot less people! Did not see one person until Saturday. At every river crossing there is a campsite or close by. Trekking poles are very helpful when the river level is high, take your time crossing you can not take back a miss placed step.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Had an amazing time hiking and camping on this trail. Don't plan to wear any shoes you don't mind getting wet and walking around in. There are frequent creek crossings (about 20 if you go the full distance) that range from knee deep to waist deep. About half way through the trail, there is a turn-off for the largest of the waterfalls which was a fun pit-stop. We camped off of the trail near the creek on the north end of the trail and hiked back in the morning.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hiked early June and did not realize how deep the river crossings were. Depending how far you go, there are 10-20 crossings and most are st least knee deep. I mistakenly wore my all leather Timberlands and sloshed for 4 hours! But beautiful trail with most being next to the river with lovely sounds all afternoon. Most hikers wore hiking sandals or hiking "sneakers" and did just fine.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This is an old favorite! Plan to wear shoes you don't mind getting wet as there are a lot of stream crossings! All in all the trail is pretty easy and well marked (bright green blazes). The lower falls has a lagoon where you can swim and cool off during the scorching Georgia summer. The upper pools are nice too, just be careful as the rocks can be quite slippery. You'll hike through hardwood and pine forests, it's a wonderful hike!

I only went one mile in but I plan to return to explore further! I had my 11 year old son with me and after all of the river crossing he was pretty tired. We had such a fun time though exploring.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful trail, creeks, waterfalls and wild flowers. Yesterday we hiked to the upper falls and then retraced our path for about a 6-7 mile hike. The creek crossings were fun and really added to the hike. I'm pretty sore today and think it's from all the balancing and different muscles I used crossing the creeks! The swimming areas closer to parking did have some trash, so bring a bag of you want to do some trail clean up. We were confused a few times on the trail, but there were more blazes than I expected. I think some people turn around at the lower falls, but the upper falls are nice, too. Keen sandles and a pair of clothes to change into helped make this an incredible day!

Breeze & cool up here during spring! Quaint little lake perfect for SUP & fishing! Bring the dog, too!

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Absolutely beautiful! Many river crossing and a wet journey but I happened to catch the trail on a 70 degree day in January. Unfortunately a large portion of the surrounding woods have been burned from the forest fires making the trail markers even harder to find. Apart from the damaged forest this was a 10/10 experience.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Great hike. Nice views. Difficulty contingent on water lever since the trail crosses the creek a number of times. Plenty of camping spots. Limited parking

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Great hike and beautiful scenery. Water levels were low, so the waterfall wasn't as full as it normally is. But definitely will go back. We did see evidence of black bears this time though.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I do this hike all the time with my dog. We just hike to the falls and come back to the lower entrance on old CCC camp road. It is hands down my favorite Georgia hike and i recommend it to all my friends. FYI the higher the water level is, the more difficult the hike. With the drought it is a piece of cake though. The downside is with the water down the falls are small. I do not recommend it with the water high and right after lots of rain; it could be dangerous.

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