Trail Status, Information and Maps

Warning IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE US FOREST SERVICE:

The area around the Beech Bottom Trail and Jacks River Falls has become heavily impacted due to over camping and daytime alcohol use. In addition to diminishing of the Wilderness experience negative effects include large amounts of trash and significant loss of natural vegetation. As a result, at this time there is a total ban on campfires and alcohol from this area. Further, camping is restricted to six designated sites and allowed between November 1 and March 31 only! No camping is permitted between April 1 and October 31. Please click here for a map displaying the boundaries included in this area. Areas outside these boundaries have no camping or campfire restrictions at this time. YOU are responsible for knowing the regulations of any area you enter.

For more information on the closure area or any trails in the Cohutta Wilderness please call the Conasauge District Office in Chatsworth at 706 695-6736

Trailhead Maps

Printable maps are available for the following trailheads/parking areas. The map will open in a new window where you can print it (note: print orientation should be set to landscape. In Internet Explorer use File/Print Preview to select Landscape Mode).

Dally Gap - Jacks River (eastern) and Hemptop Trail
Betty Gap & Three Forks - Conasauga River (southern) and East Cowpen Trail
Chestnut Lead & Tearbritches Trail
Hickory Creek Trail (southern trailhead) to Bray Field
Conasauga River (northern trailhead)
Horseshoe Bend/Rice Camp/East Cowpen (north end)/Hickory Creek (north end)
Jacks River Trail (western, downriver trailhead)
Beech Bottom Trail

Directions and Parking

All directions are from Atlanta. From points north and elsewhere, get to one of the cities mentioned in the directions and start from there - Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Chatsworth or Cisco.

To Jacks River Trail (eastern trailhead) and Hemptop Trail (Dally Gap)
N 34.03320 W 84.51876 Map
Take I-75 north to I-575. Take I-575 north. This turns into Hwy 515/Hwy 5. Continue on to Blue Ridge. In Blue Ridge, turn left onto Hwy 5 at McDonalds. Travel approximately 3.8 miles to GA Hwy 2 on the left. Turn left onto GA Hwy 2 and continue for about 10.5 miles. Pavement ends, road turns to dirt. At the Watson Gap 4-way intersection, turn right onto Forest Road 22. Intersection is well signed with arrow to right for Dally Gap. Drive about 3.5 miles to Dally Gap parking lot.

To Conasauga River Trail (southern trailhead (Betty Gap)
N 43.85647 W 84.58040 Map
and East Cowpen Trail (Three Forks)
N 34.88100 W 84.56540
Take I-75 north to I-575. Take I-575 north. This turns into Hwy 515/Hwy 5. Continue to Ellijay. In Ellijay, take GA Hwy 52 west. Approximately 9 miles outside of Ellijay, turn right just past 9-mile Church at the sign for Lake Conasauga. Continue 1.3 miles to a road intersection where the pavement ends. Take the right fork onto Shake Rag Road and drive about 2.5 miles to another intersection. Turn left onto Wilderness Trail Road (which is Forest Road 90) and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 68 (sign points to Lake Conasauga) and travel 3.3 miles to the T-intersection at the top of the mountain. Turn right onto Forest Road 64 and drive 1.4 miles to Betty Gap Trailhead on the left. To reach Three Forks Trailhead, continue on Forest Road 64 another 3 miles to the parking area on the left side of the road.

To Chestnut Lead
N 34.85288 W 84.61370
and Tearbritches Trail
N 34.86159 W 84.63577 Map
Take I-75 north to I-575. Take I-575 north. This turns into Hwy 515/Hwy 5. Continue to Ellijay. In Ellijay, take GA Hwy 52 west. Approximately 9 miles outside of Ellijay, turn right just past 9-mile Church at the sign for Lake Conasauga. Continue 1.3 miles to a road intersection where the pavement ends. Take the right fork onto Shake Rag Road and drive about 2.5 miles to another intersection. Turn left onto Wilderness Trail Road (which is Forest Road 90) and go 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 68 (sign points to Lake Conasauga) and travel 3.3 miles to the T-intersection at the top of the mountain. Turn left following Forest Road 68 and go 2.2 miles to Chestnut Lead Trailhead on the right. To reach Tearbritches Trail, continue on Forest Road 68 another 1.5 miles (trail on the right side of the road , parking on the left).

To Hickory Creek Trail (southern trailhead) (Bray Field)
N 34.89981 W 84.64622 Map
Take I-75 north to Exit #293, Hwy 411, Chatsworth/White. Go north on Hwy 411 through Chatsworth. At the Hardee’s, continue on Hwy 411 north about 5.9 miles to just past where the 4-lane turns to 2-lane, then turn right on Grassy St. Cross the railroad tracks and you will come to a T-intersection. Turn right, go about 200 feet, then turn left onto Forest Road 630 (Mill Creek). Travel on Forest Road 630 about 9 miles to the intersection with Forest Service Road #17. Go straight across intersection following Hickory Creek Trail sign and continue about 0.2 miles to the end of the road which is the trailhead.

To Conasauga River Trail (north end)
N 34.93873 W 84.65860 Map
Take I-75 north to Exit #293, Hwy 411, Chatsworth/White. Go north on Hwy 411 through Chatsworth. At the Hardee’s, continue on Hwy 411 north about 12.3 miles to Cisco. Turn right at the Cisco Baptist Church(across from the Sinclair Gas Station) onto Old GA Hwy 2 and drive about 3.2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 17 (at the Murray’s Lake sign) across from the West Cowpen Check-In Station and go about 3.4 miles. Turn left (at the Murray’s Lake Sign) onto Forest Road 17-B, and go about 0.2 miles to the trailhead on the left.

To Horseshoe Bend Trail
N 34.96571 W 84.61864 Map
Rice Camp Trail/East Cowpen Trail (north end)/Hickory Creek Trail (north end) N 34.94961 W 84.60371 Take I-75 north to Exit #293, Hwy 411, Chatsworth/White. Go north on Hwy 411 through Chatsworth. At the Hardee’s, continue on Hwy 411 north about 12.3 miles to Cisco. Turn right at the Cisco Baptist Church(across from the Sinclair Gas Station) onto Old GA Hwy 2 and drive about 8.1 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 51 (sign here that says Rice Camp, East Cowpen, Hickory Creek, Horseshoe Bend) and go 2.8 miles to the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead on the left, a big open area. To reach the Rice Camp/East Cowpen/Hickory Creek Trailhead, continue straight on Forest Road 51 another 2.1 miles to the end of the road at the trailheads. NOTE: There are 2 stream fords on Forest Road 51 which may not be passable with smaller cars. Do not stop in the middle of the streams, but continue moving at a slow but steady speed. After heavy rainfall, the stream fords will rise and crossing is not recommended.

To Jacks River Trail (western, downriver trailhead)
N 34.98810 W 84.63352 Map
Take I-75 north to Exit #293, Hwy 411, Chatsworth/White. Go north on Hwy 411 through Chatsworth. At the Hardee’s, continue on Hwy 411 north about 12.3 miles to Cisco. Turn right at the Cisco Baptist Church (across from the Sinclair Gas Station) onto Old GA Hwy 2 and drive about 9 miles to the Jacks River Bridge at the Tennessee state line. Cross the bridge, turn right and go about 100 feet to the trailhead on the right.

To Beech Bottom Trail
N 34.99032 W 84.58798 Map
Take I-75 north to Exit #293, Hwy 411, Chatsworth/White. Go north on Hwy 411 through Chatsworth. At the Hardee’s, continue on Hwy 411 north about 12.3 miles to Cisco. Turn right at the Cisco Baptist Church (across from the Sinclair Gas Station) onto Old GA Hwy 2 and drive about 9 miles to the Jacks River Bridge at the Tennessee state line. Cross the bridge, turn right and go about 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 62 (Big Frog Loop Road) and go about 4.7 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left.