Jacks River Falls, Cohutta Wilderness

Our Experience on the Trail & Terrain Jacks River Falls is hands down one of my favorite trails to hike, as it can be one of the most fun trails in Georgia, as well as one of the most challenging. The first time that I hiked Jacks River Falls was around a year and a half ago and I honestly had no idea what I was getting into. River crossings, several steep inclines, rocky trails, lots of wildlife, and some of the most beautiful stargazing that I’ve ever seen. All in all, this trail gives you the best experience on Georgia trails that you can get, at least as far as trails that I’ve hiked. Jacks River Falls trail has a wide variety of terrain, but it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s about a 10 mile hike to the falls from the trail head, and you must cross the river 22 times in order to get to the falls. The rocks in the riverbed are a bit of a challenge to cross without falling to say the least. **If you have an old pair of hiking boots that are still usable, glue felt onto the bottom of the …

The Wild and Scenic River, Chattooga River Trail

 Our Experience on the Trail Per my experience, I’ve hiked in around 7 miles to a wide section of the river with an amazing campsite directly on the river bank. Just upstream of the campsite are nice wading waters that don’t get much more than waist deep but mostly stays around knee deep. Just downstream is a nice deep section with large rocks on the bank. The deep section is amazing for swimming, and the large rocks make an excellent spot for stargazing after sunset. I would highly recommend the Chattooga River Trail to anyone looking for a moderate hike for a weekend, as the hike is not too hard, and only takes 3 to 4 hours depending on pace and experience. It’s a great trail if you’re looking to spend the majority of your time relaxing at camp and hanging out by the river. Across the river directly from where I usually camp is the Chattooga River Raft put-in section, as well as a few more campsites if you ever feel adventurous enough to cross the river with your gear. I actually did this about a year ago, and keeping your balance in the river with all of your …