COHUTTA WILDERNESS AREA – HICKORY CREEK

LOCATION: Georgia
TRIP STARTS: U.S. Forest Road 630
TRIP ENDS:
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1.20 Miles
HIKE TYPE: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Moderate
TRAIL USED: Hickory Creek Trail
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Moderate
TRIP TYPE: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
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Cohutta Wilderness Area
National Forest Service
401 Old Ellijay Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
(706) 695-6736

HIGHLIGHTS: The Cohutta Wilderness at 36,977 acres is the largest National Forest Wilderness in the southeast and combined with the Big Frog Wilderness in Tennessee the area is some of the most pristine and isolated in the South. Both the Conasauga and Jacks Rivers are stocked with trout and have great fishing. There’s also numerous sand bars, waterfalls, pools, and campsites along the rivers which makes this a very popular overnight destination.

On this hike we followed the Hickory Creek Trail to the junction of the Conasauga and Jacks River Trails. It’s just over a mile to the river and there is a campsite where the two trails meet. If you are feeling more ambitious – you can cross the Conasauga and follow the Conasauga River Trail deeper in the wilderness, or turn right on the Jacks River Trail and hike upstream on the Conasauga. Either way, this is beautiful country.

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