Activities: hiking, camping, waterfall
Approximate hike length: 8.6 miles
Facilities:Ample parking at trailhead however warnings about break-ins.
Closest town: Epworth, GA
For more information:
Some roads are closed depending on weather conditions, so it is recommended that one call the Cohutta Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service at (706) 695-6737 in advance of a trip to check road conditions.
An easy to moderately difficult, white-blazed trail, used as access to the Conasauga River, which can be reached from either trailhead. From the western trailhead, the Conasauga is a little more than 1.5 miles. Fairly easy hikle to the river even for a first time hiker or young kids. After that it gets more challeging. The great thing about this trail is that it intersects with several other different trails or is just a short distance from other trails
From Chatsworth take US 411 north 7.5 miles through Eton to Grassy Street; turn right. Cross railroad tracks and turn right. Take the first left at .1 mile (Mill Creek Road, FS 630). There is a sign for Lake Conasauga. The paved road ends at .5 mile. At 6.7 miles is Hickey Gap. At 8.9 miles is intersection with FS 17. Continue through the FS 630/FS 17 intersection on FS 630. The trailhead is .3 mile.
From Chatsworth take US 411 north 13.2 miles to Cisco community and intersection with Old Highway 2 (also known as FS 16). At .7 mile pass County Road 169 on the right. The pavement ends at 1 mile. Take the right fork at the Y intersection at 1.6 miles. (County Road 210 bears left.) At 3.2 miles, FS 17 comes in from the right, FS 16 goes left. Follow FS 16 just across the Tennessee state line to the northwestern trailhead of the Jacks River Trail. (Note that FS 51 branches to the right just after crossing the river.) After crossing the Conasauga River, turn right on FS 51. Travel 4.8 miles to the trailheads of Rice Camp and East Cowpen. Hickory Creek Trail starts about 140 yards along East Cowpen Trail.