Rough Creek - Member Hike

Hike Name: Rough Creek
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: 1.20 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & 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
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
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.

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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