Cohutta Wilderness Beech Bottom Trail and Jacks River Falls

Cisco, Georgia

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Conspicuously wide in some stretches, the Beech Bottom treadway once served as a road that logging companies used in the late 1920s and early 1930s to extract timber. Now this gentle descent provides hikers access to Jacks River Falls, the most popular feature in the Cohutta Wilderness. On its way to the river, the trail shifts dramatically as it alternates between dry forests of pine and hardwoods and low, lush ravines with hemlock and mountain laurel. There are some good views during the descent, such as the spot 2.5 miles in where breaks in the trees reveal the soft folds of faraway hills. Even better is the stretch where the path meets Jacks River, and wide spots along the bank can serve as shaded picnic spots or campsites. After walking 4.5 miles, you’ll encounter Jacks River Falls where the river surges to whitewater and takes a rough tumble through a rocky corridor and dives into wide pools.

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"Conspicuously wide in some stretches, the Beech Bottom treadway once served as a road that logging companies used in the late 1920s and early 1930s to extract timber. Now this gentle descent provides hikers access to Jacks River Falls, the most popular feature in the Cohutta Wilderness. On its way to the river, the trail shifts dramatically as it alternates between dry forests of pine and hardwoods and low, lush ravines with hemlock and mountain laurel.

There are some good views during the descent, such as the spot 2.5 miles in where breaks in the trees reveal the soft folds of faraway hills. Even better is the stretch where the path meets Jacks River, and wide spots along the bank can serve as shaded picnic spots or campsites. After walking 4.5 miles, you’ll encounter Jacks River Falls where the river surges to whitewater and takes a rough tumble through a rocky corridor and dives into wide pools."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cisco
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 1,635 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4–5 hours
Season: Year-round (falls run strongest in winter and spring)
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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