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Chattanooga, TN: Beech Bottoms Trail

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Distance: 4.5 miles


This 9-miler follows an old logging path through hemlock forest en route to Jacks River Falls, the crown jewel of the Cohutta Wilderness.

Jacks Rivers Falls is accessible from several Cohutta trails, but this approach via the Beech Bottoms Trail makes a visit to the falls a moderate, 9-mile dayhike rather than a weekend trip.

From the parking lot, the trail descends gradually around a snaking ridgeline before crossing Beech Creek (where an optional shortcut can trim this down to a 7.4-mile trip). After running parallel to the river for half a mile, the trail opens up to a clearing at the confluence of Jacks and Beech Creek—a great spot for a picnic lunch. Continue another 700 feet to the base of Jacks River Falls for up-close views of whitewater pouring into a deep, wide pool. Drink in the scene before retracing the route back to the trailhead.

Mapped by Marcus Woolf

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