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trail to Jack's River falls. multiple creek fords. don't lose the trail! camping is allowed about a mile past the falls you have to Ford the river. great trail. will come back in summer

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail IS currently open - though trails around it are not. HOWEVER the road as of 09/30/2018 is impassable due to a large fallen tree about 2.2 miles away from the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Beech Bottom Trail on 9/23/2018 and did not see any signs saying it was closed. We did see a sign that told of other trail closures, but not Beech Bottom Trail. I also called the Rangers office a few days before our hike and they said Beech Bottom Trail officially reopens Saturday 9/22/2018.

There were still several downed trees, but nothing was impassable. I love hiking, but I am a day hiker and not a backpack hiker. My plan on every hike is to find the waterfall or overlook and return to my car and my bed the same day. I found the Beech Bottom Trail slightly worrisome because of the lack of trail blaze. Several times we were troubled on which way the trail was going as it either disappeared or split... particularly when it intersects with Jack's River Trail. There were no signs indicating which way to go to find the waterfall (GO RIGHT by the way).

Once we found the falls, the only way to the base was along a steep side trail that was highly questionable in terms of safety. So we stayed low and grabbed shrubs branches on the way down just in case we slipped. Jack's River Fall was a glorious sight to see and it spoke with a thunderous roar.

The storm other reviews have spoken about must have been a tornado, because the hillside above the falls seemed to be devoid of trees. The ones still barely standing were completely stripped of their leaves and limbs.

The waterfall is worth the hike no matter which trail you take but be forewarned: If you are a day hiker like me, Beech Bottom Trail is not a scenic stroll and the drive to the parking area is LONG! Overall the hike took about 2 hours each way.

hiking
2 months ago

As of 9/2/18 the Beech Bottom trail is CLOSED due to storm damage. So if you do decide to make the trip be prepared to hike at your own risk, there are rangers in the area. That said, people are still hiking this trail so here is a little info on the storm damage. The main trail to the river is cleared but the river side trails are littered with major dead fall (full trees) but have work arounds forged by others it you look for them.

backpacking
3 months ago

Fantastic trail, awesome waterfall for swimming! Though both times I have been here I have seen snakes hanging out in the crevices of the rocks by the waterfall, watch out for them.

backpacking
6 months ago

one of my favorite day hikes. definitely a summer trail though. be prepared to get wet as there are many creek crossings.

Great hike! definitely one of my favorite waterfalls in GA, there should be trail markers to tell you where to go, I almost lost track of the trail twice. Still had a great time though! Only saw a couple the whole 5 hours I was there, it was amazing!

hiking
8 months ago

Had a little trouble finding the trailhead not enough signs. The hiking trail was great and Jacks River Falls was absolutely beautiful! Moderate hike describes it about right.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Just made the trip this weekend it was a beautiful trip nice weather lots of people on the trail waterfall was beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Troop 54 backpacked the Beech Bottom Trail to Jack River Falls. It was a nice hike down to the falls, the hike took about 2 1/2 hours.

backpacking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We take this trail to reach Jack's River Falls. It is a great day hike that is good for dogs and/or older children. Hot and muggy with lots of mosquitos in the summer, but the falls and river at the end are very refreshing. We have hiked the Jack's River Trail as well. JRT is difficult because of the many river crossings, so most of the time we just do the Beech Bottom Trail. We have also backpacked the Beech Bottom Trail. Camping is prohibited until you reach Jack's River, then you either need to hike upstream or downstream of the falls before camping is allowed. For campsites upstream, once you reach Jack's River on the BBT (4.25 miles), ford the river in a southeast direction to pick up JRT that heads upstream parallel to Jack's River. There is an immediate campsite on hiker's left after crossing the river. The trail continues past this up a steep uphill, then downhill. About 0.5 miles after the initial river crossing, you will see a confluence of Jack's River and Rough Creek. Cross Rough Creek and there is a wonderful campsite on the peninsula. Plenty of water for filtering, places to sling a hammock, plenty of flat space for tents, and a fire ring with some rock seats. There is a lot of trash at this site, so take a garbage bag to take some out. We set up our camp here and then hike back to Jack's River Falls to spend the day. IMHO, this is probably one of the best overnighters for introducing someone to backpacking, or if you just want a relaxed backpacking trip. Our last trip was the day of the Equinox, which we viewed from Jack's River Falls, and we spent 3 days there and thoroughly enjoyed out time.

on Beech Bottom Trail

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nice trail for a day hike. To get to the falls, hang a right aprox. halfway through the loop when the trail forks at the river. Continue walking alongside the river for about 3/4 of a mile.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great hike and day at Jack's River Falls! Volunteered with the 12 Conasauga District Trail Volunteers to maintain the water bars and clear the trail of overgrowth and blow downs. We were able to make it all the way down the the river crossing below the falls. The rainy weather on the way out will add to the memories of the Cohutta's!! Anyone interested in volunteering on a USFS volunteer trail crew check us out on meet-up.com

Check out Cohutta Wilderness Trail Volunteers http://meetu.ps/c/2KLNS/wVCKL/a

Saturday, July 08, 2017

One of my family's favorite trails. It's around 7.5 miles round trip depending on if you take the trail loop around the bottoms or take the trail that cuts through them. The bottoms trails is a bit difficult to find if you're not familiar with it but it's super easy once you know where it's at, and either way if you don't find it, just follow the creek to the falls. My kids started hiking this when they were 4 so just about anyone can do it. It does have some slight up hill portions but they are fairly gradual and aren't too bad. You used to be able to camp at the falls but too many people not cleaning up their camp sites ruined that. Once you get to the river following it down river will take you back out to the main gravel road to the Iron Bridge and up river will take you back towards blue ridge and the Benton mackaye trails.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nice trail. It is a longer trail but pretty easy. When you come to the point in the trail where the river is in front of you and you can only go right or left. Go right there will be a sign in a tree that says "no horses beyond this point" and some trees that are down. The falls are about half a mile down the river. Others have complained about the road up to trail but it's really not that bad, it's just long. It's a mountain road, not all roads will be paved. We even saw a little Ford Focus do it.

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A great day hike to get to Jack's River Falls. It is full of shortcuts if you look for them.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The best day hike in Georgia

Monday, April 24, 2017

awesome weekend beautiful place highly recommended even in the rain. leaves a big impression.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

an amazing hike

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I LOVE THIS TRAIL MY FAVORITE

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

After unsuccessfully attempting the Jack's River Trail one cold January Friday, I found myself looking for more hiking in the Cohutta Wilderness area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Driving around a bit on the old mountain roads, I came across the Beech Bottom Trail and decided to give it a go.

My dog and I began at the trailhead around 1:15 p.m. and made our way down the mountains to the river below in about two hours. On the way, we spotted what at first appeared to be a large bear rummaging in the grass and dirt beside the trail, but as it picked up its head and investigate us, it became apparent that it was an incredibly large boar. My dog barked at it as it fled through the woods down the trail. As we continued toward the falls, we made as much noise as possible to make sure we were left alone.

The trail had suffered several tree fallings recently, and some sections of the trail were very difficult to navigate because of this.

The elevation gains and losses were severe but spaced out far enough that only a few places were strenuous.

I enjoyed this trail greatly and wish we had more time to explore the abandoned campsites (camping at the river is prohibited) and falls. In total, I hiked just over 12 miles in roughly four hours with a few short water breaks.

I'd love to experience this trail again in the Spring when the leaves are lush and the forest is more alive.

Highly recommended trail, but give yourself more than four hours to truly enjoy it.

backpacking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Did an overnight from Beech Bottoms Trailhead to Jack's River Falls. Camping is prohibited in all the good places so that was a bummer.

backpacking
Monday, December 26, 2016

easy and shortest route to falls, for worse. the road is nothing bad if you are a decently intelligent driver.

backpacking
Monday, December 26, 2016

easiest way to the waterfalls. sadly.

hiking
Monday, December 19, 2016

As others have mentioned, the road to get there was rough. Seriously bumpy gravel. I'd recommend an awd car. Do-able in a small sedan, but definitely an adventure.
The hike itself was nice. Not too difficult. The falls were beautiful. We went on a fairly hot day, so we jumped in to cool off before lunch. Tons of fun.

Monday, October 17, 2016

great hike in. found the falls, did some camping. was great to get off the grid for the weekend.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Attempted this hike last week, however I never found the falls. I started late so didn't want to spend a lot of time searching to avoid hiking back when it was getting dark. I will try it again when I return to Georgia.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

amazing, road to trail was a bitch but the falls and cliff jumping made it all worth it...and seen a mama and 2 small cubs perfect day

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The roads to the trailheads were awful. Rocky and potholes galore. Signs and trail markers were just as bad. All that being said the trail and hike rocked. start at the top trailhead and work your way down. We saw 3 bear off the trail today. trails are fairly smooth at tops get a little Rocky near the river. Camping off the trail isn't an option due to how steep it is. definitely make camp near the basin area. bring shoes to get wet

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