Jacks River Falls

Jacks River Falls, Blue Ridge: Address, Jacks River Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Jacks River Falls
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21 reviews
Very good

Ken A
Walnut Cove, NC338 contributions
Nice Water Fall
Sep 2020 • Couples
The parking was limited and almost full. U the time we got there the morning of our visit. The trail is fairly easy but narrow and treacherous in areas due to to tree roots. Nice falls and a good experience
Written 16 November 2020
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Karen W
Carrollton, GA21 contributions
Jack’s River Falls
Nov 2019 • Couples
While the walk was beautiful the end result was not accurate. We used google maps and ended up in the middle of the woods in front of a lovely home... no creek or falls whatsoever.
Written 9 November 2019
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21 contributions
Fun Hike
Sep 2018 • Family
A couple of friends and I took a group of teenage boys. We went in from the Blue Ridge side and hiked for 7 miles where we camped. It was another 2 miles to the falls. The hike in wasnt too difficult and there were several river crossings so be prepared to get your feet and maybe a bit more wet. It just depends on how much recent rain as to how high the water will be. Once we got to the falls we were able to jump from the cliffs and sent a good part of the day hanging at the falls. Even if you didn't want to hike all the way to the falls, there are many places to camp along the trail. I would highly recommend this hike.
Written 4 August 2019
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112 contributions
Great hike for kids
Jul 2018 • Family
I wanted to leave a review for anyone thinking of doing this hike this summer. We did it last summer and I had 4 kids with me, 9, 10, 11 and 12. It is an easy hike all in the shade on a well marked path. The only wrong turn we made was near the end. When we made it to the river, the kids were so happy they took off running to the rivers edge. If you look straight across the river when you get there you will see that a trail goes on from there. Well everyone immediately thought you have to cross the river, so we did. Dont do that. When you get to the river, just take a right and the falls are about a football field away or close to it.
You can absolutely turn the 9 miles into about 6 if you take the shortcut. Only issue is its hard to find the shortcut on the way in. Pretty easy to find it on way out.
I will tell you how to find it on way out. Continue down river past the falls (trail is still nice) about maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile, keep looking to your right and you will see where some cut trees/small logs have been put on the bank. hike up that hill about a couple of football fields and you will run into the trail. Local kid showed me this and I was a little nervous to try and find it with 4 kids. So he actually ran down the trail when we were talking about it at the falls and marked it for us. Really nice group of young kids.
The falls are great, kids had a blast.
However, if you are nervous about finding the shortcut dont do it. Ask the locals when you get there I am sure they know about it.
Written 28 May 2019
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Atlanta8 contributions
Great day hike
Oct 2018
My family of 5 (14, 12, 10 y/o children) thoroughly enjoyed the hike in from Beech Bottoms trail. The trail itself was not difficult and the length proved just challenging enough for our 10 year old daughter. It was clear that the trail was newly reopened (storm damage) as there is still a lot of timber in various areas. Though the trail is not blazed, the path was obvious and previous reviews were very helpful. Pack a bathing suit if the weather is warm enough as the pools at the waterfall base were quite fun! As other reviews state, there is poison ivy on narrow portions of the trail so long sleeves (or vigilant eyes) are suggested. You do cross shallow streams a few times but we managed to stay dry by walking across rocks. Due to the fallen trees on the other side of a stream on the trail, you may question your direction—but if you simply cross and continue straight, you will quickly discover the trail as you cross over/under the fallen timber. Do as other reviews state as well and, upon reaching Jacks Creek, bear a hard right to continue to the falls. You will see a “no horses beyond this point sign”, guaranteeing that you are on the right path. The path runs next to the river for the last .5 miles. Reaching the bottom of the falls requires a very steep, loose rock climb down but it is totally worth it! My children are already asking when we can come back! Hiking in took us 2 full hours, we swam and explored for 1.5 hours and the hike out was about 1 hr 45 min. Apple Watch clocked one way at 4.64 miles from the car to the falls. Be forewarned that the drive in is 45min-1hr on gravel roads that are rough at times. Today’s drive also included a fallen tree that left just enough room for a truck to squeeze by.
Written 9 October 2018
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Atlanta237 contributions
LONG trail, but worth the hike!!!
Sep 2018 • Friends
There are several trails leading to Jack's River Falls and our hiking crew decided on the Beech Bottom Trail on 9/23/2018. This trail had been closed due to storm damage that occurred on July 21st, 2018, but recently reopened on Saturday 9/22/2018. It is one of the only trail currently open to the falls.

Many trees are still down along Beech Bottom Trail, but nothing was impassable. I love hiking, however I am a day hiker and not a backpack hiker. My plan on every hike is to find the waterfall or overlook I intended as my destination and return to my car AND my bed the same day (or hotel if I'm travel hiking). I found the Beech Bottom Trail to be slightly worrisome due to the lack of trail blaze. Several times we were troubled on which way the trail was going as it either disappeared or split... particularly when it intersects with Jack's River Trail near the river. There were no signs indicating which direction to turn to find the waterfall. GO RIGHT by the way.

NOTE: Beech Bottom Trail was once an old road, but it hasn’t been maintained since the 1970’s. It is for this reason the Ranger office says it has not been marked with blazes. I requested they add a directional sign at the river and hopefully they will do so in the near future.

Once we found the falls (about 1/2 mile down river), the only way to the base was along a steep side trail that was highly questionable in terms of safety. So we stayed low and grabbed shrubs branches on the way down just in case we slipped. Jack's River Falls was a glorious sight to see and it spoke with a thunderous roar. On the day of our visit, the clear waters were shallow enough to walk out onto the rivers granite bottom for the best head-on pics of the falls.

The hillside above the falls seemed to be noticeably devoid of trees, which made me wonder if the storm that closed the trail back in July had been a tornado. The few trees still standing (barely) were completely stripped of their leaves and limbs. Still, it did not take away from the absolute beauty of this magnificent waterfall. I've currently hiked over 30 trails to Georgia waterfalls and historic dam ruins. Jack's River Falls is easily one of my Top 10 favorite waterfalls in the state.

OVERALL TRAIL LENGTH – 9.1 miles round trip according to Alltrails (although we calculated 12 miles)
TIME NEEDED FOR HIKE - 4.5 to 5 hours minimum (which includes 30 minutes at the falls).


Jack's River Fall is worth the hike no matter which trail you take but be forewarned; If you are a day hiker like me, Beech Bottom Trail is NOT a scenic stroll. Your only view until you reach the river 4 miles away will be of the Cohutta Wilderness and the drive to the parking area is LONG! Overall the hike took about 2 hours each way. IF you are more adventurous and don't mind a longer, wetter hike... try the more challenging Jack's River Trail. The shortest trail to hike seems to be the Horseshoe Bend Trail found at the end of Old Hwy 2.

TIP - Many of the other trails are still closed as of the date of this review. It would be wise to call the Conasauga Ranger District prior to your visit. The number is (706) 695-6736.
Written 28 September 2018
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Elizabeth Y
3 contributions
So Exciting!
Jul 2018
We had a fantastic hike right before the July storms, we were able to go swimming and hiked all day! We were able to complete at least 9 miles there and back in, be prepared foe bugs and sun!
Written 24 August 2018
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margaret C
Crawfordville, FL46 contributions
Worth the hike
Nov 2017 • Couples
Loles and then turned around. vely falls with a nice 1/2 mile hike to get to it. We continued on the trail another few miles. The only reason i did not give it a 5 is there is poor marking for where it is and relatively no parking.
Written 12 November 2017
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Ellijay, GA27 contributions
Waterfalls in a Wilderness Setting
May 2016 • Friends
The hike into Jack's River is an adventure in itself. The water is cold and you will fork the creek numerous times before you get to the falls. There are other areas I had rather camp in due to too many people using a small area. Firewood is hard to come by and neighbors can get noisy.
Written 21 April 2017
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Blue Ridge, GA98 contributions
Cold water and beautiful scenery
Jan 2017 • Couples
My husband and I are new to the area. We hiked the Beech Bottoms/Jacks River hike from Dally Gap. We followed the trail which crossed through Jacks River but it was cold (it's January) and deepish (at least 2 ft where we crossed)! We took our socks and shoes off and did this first big pass, but we definitely realized this is an awesome *summer* hike. Right after that we were faced with the summer 2016 forrest fire damage. It was difficult to find the trail through fallen & burnt trees & brush. Regardless we found the Falls and enjoyed our hike ❤️ We couldn't make the next river crossing on the trail because it would've been a swimming event in 29 degree weather. So all in all we loved it and we can't wait to come back in summer!!
Written 30 January 2017
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