Georgia is surprisingly packed with awesome waterfalls hikes, and one of the very best to add to your hiking bucket list is Jack’s River Falls. This epic hiking trail leads you through the Cohutta Wilderness, along a peaceful river, and to a series of waterfalls near the town of Blue Ridge, Georgia.
The Hike to Get There
Make sure you’re in good hiking shape and have packed all the necessary gear because the Jacks River Trail extends about nine miles one way or 18 miles round-trip. It is considered to be moderately strenuous and is dog-friendly, so bring your fit and active pup along!
This trail has multiple river crossings, also so make sure to pack a dry bag to keep your electronics safe and maybe a change of clothes in case you get soaking wet. In other parts, you’ll pass by old-growth hemlock trees, moss, ferns, and seasonal wildflowers.
The Waterfall at the End
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. 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. Just be careful near the waterfall because the rocks are very slippery and the fast-moving water can be dangerous.
Options and Precautions
If you plan to hike the full 18 miles round-trip, bring a backpack with a tent and overnight gear. But know that camping is prohibited within 300 feet of the waterfall. Primitive campsites can be found near the river and in the forest on a first-come-first-served basis. But if this backpacking trip sounds too strenuous, consider hiking the Beech Bottom Trail instead because this is the easiest ways to reach the falls and is a little over nine miles round-trip.
The falls provide an ideal year-around hiking destination, and no permits are needed to hike or backpack here. It’s about 2.5 hours from Atlanta and part of the Cohutta Wilderness trail system that has nearly 100 total trails!
Jacks River Falls Information:
- Dally Gap Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 34.933417, -84.518650 / N34 56.005 W84 31.119
- Conasauga Ranger District Phone Number: 706-695-6736