Jacks River Falls is located in the Cohutta Wilderness and is a beautiful 80 foot cascading waterfall in north Georgia. It’s a tough hike with several creek crossing and about 9 miles total, so be sure you’re prepared for this one.
Jacks River Falls – Trip Details
Jacks River Falls can be accessed by two different trails. One is the more popular options and is 9 miles round trip. The other is for someone up for more of a challenge at 18.4 miles round trip.
The more popular hike starts at the Beech Bottom trail head in Tennessee and then meets up with the Jack River Trail. There is parking available at the trail head.
The waterfall is the highlight of the hike although the beauty of Cohutta Wilderness enjoyable as well. You can see all kinds of vegetation and wildlife, to include bears and/or boars. Just be prepared for anything you may see by reading up before your hike.
The second, longer, option, Jacks River Trail, starts at the Dally Gap trail head and heads southwest into the Jacks River Valley. It is an 18 mile round trip hike to Jacks River Falls. There is an option to turnaround at the 4.5 mile mark, making it a 9 mile round trip hike, but this would exclude the main feature of the area, Jacks River Falls.
Either trail you choose, we hope you enjoy your hike!
More Waterfalls around Chattahoochee National Forest
If you want to check out some other waterfalls in the area, you can drive about 1.5 hrs, 30 miles, south to the Emery Falls, Upper and Lower. It can be a challenging hike, so be sure to read up on it before heading south. Have a great hike!