Beech Bottom is a very popular trail in the combined Big Frog/Cohutta Wilderness because it is the easiest and shortest route to Jacks River Falls. (Note that FS 51 branches to the right just after crossing the river. Stay left on FS 16.) The waterfall was amazing, easily one of the best in Georgia. Anyone wanting to do this 9 mile hike to Jack River Falls will have to add 14 additional miles. It has two community fire rings and easy access to water. We'll send you our newsletter with travel destinations, deals, and more! There is some water running along the hike but during dry summers the smaller creeks do dry up Give this hike a try it will not let you down. My new favorite waterfall in the area and with its more remote location than most, no trash. F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway | Sunset, SC 29685. Trail itself was beautiful, and despite posted signs saying no camping during the summer season, there seemed to be plenty of people heading down with full packs for overnight adventures. there are recent reports of the road being washed out but I went on June 2nd 2020 and the road to the trailhead was driveable. However, during summer droughts, the falls become a trickle, still with terrific waterholes. Wide most of the way with a few narrow sections. In the winter after sustained rainfall the falls whitewater is epic. this is a nice long trail. Just an overall playground. Hiram’s Resort in Florida, Top 15 Airbnbs for Hiking Among Fall Foliage, 20 Best Scenic Hikes in the United States. After parking, travel north on an old roadbed/gravel road until you see the first footbridge that crosses Abner Creek (you will also pass by “This Bat Roost”) where the trail begins. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. camping on the island is awesome. We have a 5 and 9 yr olds. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/georgia/jacks-river-trail--2 The floodplain is apparent at the end of the trail and sometimes omits an unpleasant odor in some areas. we swam for hours. In other parts, you’ll pass by old-growth hemlock trees, moss, ferns, and seasonal wildflowers. FS51 goes right and FS16 continues straight and to the left. May 12, 2015 - Explore Jacks River Falls, a stunning, roaring, rocky waterfall in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness, hiking the Beech Bottom Trail & Jacks River Trail. two or three small crossings. It’s about 2.5 hours from Atlanta and part of the Cohutta Wilderness trail system that has nearly 100 total trails! I guess they were finishing repairs that day bc on the way in there was a lot of dirt and mud and on the way out or was all gravel. Beech Bottom Trail is the exception offering an easy out and back with a minimal change in elevation and no significant water crossings. Now the downsides: Jacks River Falls is .7 miles further downstream on the trail. After crossing the bridge the road immediately enters Tennessee and a three-way intersection. The trail continues on a level grade for another .5 miles to its junction with Jacks River Trail and its namesake river. I saw 2 bears today. You can still hike it though. A good 10 min walk on the gravel road. The falls provide an ideal year-around hiking destination, and no permits are needed to hike or backpack here. It is kept very clean of trash and overgrown brush. Turn off your ad blocker to see a map of this trail, Jacks River and Penitentiary Branch Loop Trail, Benton Mackaye Trail Dally Gap To Double Hogpen Gap, Benton Mackaye Trail Dally Gap To Big Frog Mountain, Cohutta to Big Frog Wilderness via Benton Mackaye Trailhead, Rice Camp, Hickory Ridge, East Cowpen Loop, Hemptop, Penitentiary Branch, Jacks River and Beech Bottoms Trail. Can barely notice elevation gain and loss - Very forgiving and beautiful trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. After about nine miles from the Dally Gap trailhead, you’ll be rewarded for your hard work with views of the Jacks River pouring over a rugged outcropping. definitely will be back. last one gets interesting if the waters up. Turn right and continue 4.5 miles to a parking lot at trail head. Took Peavine Sneed to Big Frog and got to the trail no problem. Love this hike, have done it often, and will do it again 12-19-10 if anyone wants to join us! "A wilderness...is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." Highly recommend! If Jacks River Trail is continued to its end at Alaculsy Valley then it is a further 8.3 miles and 22 more river crossings from Beech Bottom. At mile 2.9 there is a winter vista of Hemp Top Ridge to the east and Rough Ridge to the south. This is a very impressive 80-foot drop waterfall, and you can even take a dip in the river to cool off on a hot day. Though even now, you get some nice glimpses. Went to the Falls this morning and hiked back to the truck. A small car can easily navigate them by going slow. 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