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Hike Name: Cohutta Wilderness - Conasauga River
Country: United States
State: Georgia
Nearby Town: Chatsworth
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: (USFS 630): From the intersection of GA 52/US 411 in Chatsworth, follow US 411 north for 7.3 miles to Grassy Street. Turn right onto Grassy Street just after the Crandall Post Office. Follow Grassy Street until you cross a set of railroad tracks, then turn right onto Crandall-Ellijay Road. Follow it for only 0.1 miles, then turn left onto Forest Service Road 630 (which is also known as Mill Creek Road). Follow FS 630 (which turns to gravel in about 0.5 miles) for about 9 miles to a four way intersection with Forest Service Road 17. Do not turn onto FS 17, continue straight across FS 17 on FS 630 to find the parking area.
Total Hike Distance: 3.20 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: U.S. Forest Road 630
Trails Used: Hickory Creek Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Rivers
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Cohutta Wilderness Area
National Forest Service
401 Old Ellijay Road
Chatsworth, GA 30705
(706) 695-6736
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs, Horses
Hike Summary: 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.

I've hiked this wilderness numerous times, and really like the Conasauga River area where we usually do some backpacking, swimming and trout fishing. It's an easy descent to the river from the parking area at U.S. Forest Road 630, and the hike to the Conasauga is only a few miles in length which makes for an easy day or overnight hike.
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads

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