Hiking The Jacks River Trail

The 4th most popular hiking trail in Georgia.

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North of Elijay and Blue Ridge in the Cattachoochee National Forest, the 16 mile Jacks River Trail is a scenic route. The best part of this trail is, of course, the river and the lush vegetation it feeds. According to The Hiking Trails of North Georgia by Tim Homan, there are 42 fords on this trail that get you wet and offer a fun and exciting challenge to this hike. Bring a comfortable pair of hiking sandals or river shoes worthy of hiking in because it is entirely impractical to change footwear before and after each ford.

To reach the trailhead, follow US 76 & GA 5 NORTH past Blue Ridge, R on Old Hwy 2 toward Watson Gap, R on FS 22 to Dally Gap.

Overall, Jacks River Trail is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 22 hikes in Georgia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Jacks River Trail including Coosa Backcountry Trail, Panther Creek Trail, Carters Lake Recreation Area, Mountaintown Creek, Bull Mountain Trail and Fort Mountain State ParkNorth Pocket.

Jacks River Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Chattahoochee National Forest (404) 536-0541; Georgia Tourism (706) 737-1446

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Georgia" from Donald Pfitzer

Best Season:  Apr. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Black Mountain Lodge, Dahlonega (800) 923-5530

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/conf

GPS:  34.9333, -84.519

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  11638

Jacks River Trail Hiking Map


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