Hiking in the Cohutta Wilderness in north-central Georgia
- "Glad you all had fun and enjoyed yoruselves, etc,\
Dave, giv eme more info on those hikes and wet fords, if you an.
I will be in Atlanta in July and will take my sons, mom brother and his
fiancee to the Blue Ridge PArkway and anything in the general vicinity
would b enice for day hiking... the boys would love wet fords and stuff
The Cohutta Wilderness in north-central Georgia are a long ways from
the Blue Ridge Parkway, the BR Parkway starts in western North
Carolina on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains, on the east
side of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Cohuttas have two
of the premier hiking river trails with lots of river fording in the
southeast. They are in the mountains and the water level can rise
rapidly during rains, making it hazardous to ford. That said, they
are spectacular and the swimming hole at Jacks River Falls exceeds
anything that Disney could build. Unfortunately lots of folks know
about it and it tends to draw crowds on weekends and they have enacted
camping restrictions within about a mile of those falls.
If you are interested in the Cohuttas, Tim Homan has a good book with
small maps and directions called "Hiking Trails of the Cohutta and Big
Frog Wilderness" and the US Forest Service publishes a very good
detailed map called "Cohutta and Big Frog Wilderness, Georgia-
Tennessee". I'm not an expert on the Cohuttas but I know a few folks
that are, they post on http://georgiahikes.com/ and are very helpful.
Coy Boy and I are trying to work out a return trip over there in a
couple of weeks... we made it there last summer.