View Full Version : Cohutta Wilderness - Jacks River Area

2008-06-02, 15:07
There is something for everyone here from Easy to "Strenuous". 95 miles of trails. http://www.sherpaguides.com/georgia/mountains/blue_ridge/western/cohutta_wilderness.html

If you want to get wet, I recommend the Jacks River Trail (40+ river crossings). :)

My favorite trail is the Rice Camp Trail. It's not frequently travelled (since there are easier trails) however it goes straight to the Jacks River.

I've only encountered a bear once (a little cub wandered near our camp). We shoo-ed it away towards Momma. And we've had a bobcat sniff around under our bearbag in the very early AM but that's about it. I always seem to encounter some sort of wildlife everytime I go. You may see the occasional hardcore fly-fisherman. The trout are a smart bunch!

2008-06-13, 10:14
Wahooooo, Way cool..... Jacks River.... Gotta put this on my must hike list....Great Name.....Gotta be some great hammockin.... Got Bears tooo.....:biggrin:


Nearly Normal
2008-06-14, 09:34
Is there a good guide and map of the area?

2008-06-14, 20:19
Is there a good guide and map of the area?

Tim Homans The hiking trails of north georgia covers it. You should try and check out his other books as well.

2008-06-30, 16:06
You can also incorporate the Big Frog Wilderness area into Cohutta WA trails for planning loop hikes. They are adjacent with Cohutta in GA and Big Frog in TN

2008-06-30, 16:22
One of my favorite places is Panther Creek Falls. You park at Three Forks, and take the East Cowpen Trail to the Panther Creek trail, total of 5-6 miles. The great thing about the Cohutta is you have to travel on those FS roads for 10 or more miles. Keeps the tourist away.

Frolicking Dino
2008-06-30, 16:25
Great area with a lot of good trails and camps. One of the places I have hiked for many years.

2008-08-02, 11:39
I posted a loop hike for this area somewhere in this site. I just can't find it right now. Anyway, you go in and out at Dally Gap and it included Big Frog and Beech Bottom.

2008-10-19, 13:58
Gotta love Cohutta Wilderness! Watch for snakes though, saw three in one day last weekend! ::ahhhhh:: Love the trail to Jack's River Falls but Conasaugua Trail is less traveled and much more picturesque- smaller falls but much more serene and untouched. no traffic

2011-10-08, 00:20

anybody been lately?

2011-10-08, 10:12

anybody been lately?

I hiked the Pinhoti through the Cohutta last December, but not the Jacks River Trail.

Hog On Ice
2011-10-08, 11:45
didn't Smokestack hit that trail recently? Maybe Mother Nature will chime in.

Mother Nature
2011-10-08, 19:19
DING! Mother Nature just got back from the Cheese Factory. Took my nephews out for their first overnighter. They are 22.

I kicked back.

Ya, Smokestack just got back from that area. We have done a lot of camping and hiking in that area. LOVE it. Will go back again again and again.

2011-10-09, 11:08
thanks, i will put it on the list.

2011-10-09, 15:10
I did BMT section through the Cohutta and Big Frog earlier this summer. My 10-year old son and I did Jack's River last fall, as well. It was perfect.

2011-10-09, 16:23
how was the stretch through Big Frog?

2011-10-09, 17:41
how was the stretch through Big Frog?

Here was my journal entry for that stretch (http://thinkcrust.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/bmt-day-6-thunder-rock/).

And also the (our) exchange over on the BMT thread (http://hikinghq.net/forum/showthread.php?t=6489).

2012-03-13, 23:05

Any recommendations for overnight hike in the Cohutta, preferably using the Jack's River or Consasuga River Trails at some point... 14-20miles total, loop preferred but not required

2012-03-20, 12:05
plan on getting wet on either one of those trails. i think Rice Camp trail hooks up with both of them. or Beech Bottom trail down to JR falls...

maybe someone else could elaborate but i think quite a few go in at Dally Gap and do a loop hike.

i was on the Hickory Crk / Conasauga River trails weekend before last but I only went in a few miles and spent the night.

EDIT: here's some trail descriptions - http://www.greatgeorgiaproperties.com/Outdoor-adventures/Hiking-trails-of-the-Cohutta.htm

if you haven't already, go by the ranger station in Chatsworth and get a Cohutta/Big Frog Wilderness map for $5 or REI has them for $9 :-(
it's topo.