Cohutta Wilderness Jacks River Trail

Blue Ridge, Georgia

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A massive amount of timber was pulled from the Cohutta Wilderness in the 1900s, with four logging camp employing 300 to 400 men. The effort grew so intense that when logging began along Jacks River in 1929, a railway was built to carry out the lumber. By the late 1930s, the tracks were removed, and now all that remains are a few stone supports and scattered scraps of wood and metal. What thrives now is the popular Jacks River Trail, which follows the old rail bed through magnificent forest of hemlock, oak, hickory, and ferns. The trip outlined below includes 7.1 miles of the Jacks River Trail, though the path totals 16.7 miles on its journey across the wilderness. This can certainly be done as a long dayhike, but ample areas for camping lie along the way.

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"A massive amount of timber was pulled from the Cohutta Wilderness in the 1900s, with four logging camp employing 300 to 400 men. The effort grew so intense that when logging began along Jacks River in 1929, a railway was built to carry out the lumber. By the late 1930s, the tracks were removed, and now all that remains are a few stone supports and scattered scraps of wood and metal.

What thrives now is the popular Jacks River Trail, which follows the old rail bed through magnificent forest of hemlock, oak, hickory, and ferns. The trip outlined below includes 7.1 miles of the Jacks River Trail, though the path totals 16.7 miles on its journey across the wilderness. This can certainly be done as a long dayhike, but ample areas for camping lie along the way."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Blue Ridge
Distance: 14.2
Elevation Gain: 1,140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4–5 hours
Season: Spring, summer, and fall
Local Contacts: Chattahoochee National Forest, Conasauga Ranger District
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Springer and Cohutta Mountains Chattahoochee National Forest

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