Conasauga River Trail

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia

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Conasauga River Trail


  • Light filtering through the canopy highlighting the beautiful Conasauga River.- Conasauga River Trail
  • Campsite at the Panther Creek Trail intersection.- Conasauga River Trail
  • Trail meandering along the Conasauga.- Conasauga River Trail
  • Recovery from the 2016 forest fire.- Conasauga River Trail
  • Bright orange fungi growing along the trail on the banks of the Conasauga.- Conasauga River Trail
  • Trees stand guard along the Conasauga.- Conasauga River Trail
  • Conasauga river rapids.- Conasauga River Trail
  • The Conasauga River Trail intersects with the Tearbritches Trail here at Bray's Field, a popular camping destination.- Conasauga River Trail
  • Another river crossing through the Conasauga.- Conasauga River Trail
Overview + Weather
River crossings. Remote wildness. Solitude.
River crossings. Unmarked trails. No cell service.
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, GA
Pets allowed: 
Number of days: 
Highest point: 
3,096.00 ft (943.66 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
25.20 mi (40.56 km)
Total elevation gain: 
3,380.00 ft (1,030.22 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,096.00 ft (943.66 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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On this challenging overnight backpack trip you will ford crisp, clear rivers and streams as you follow the Conasauga River deep into the Cohutta Wilderness. Rejuvenate your soul in the raw beauty and wildness of this remote, pristine river valley. This terrific wet and wild adventure will have you coming back to explore more of the wonders of the Cohutta Wilderness. Plenty of scenic backcoutry campsites can be found along the river, where the rush and gurgles of the river will lull you to sleep at night. Consider spending two or more days backpacking the trail as a gorgeous 25-mile out-and-back route, or park a shuttle car ahead of time and try to knock out the whole trail in a day.

Expect to get wet! You will ford the Conasauga River 38 times end-to-end. That makes 76 total fords on an out-and-back, and there are no bridges! Bring hiking poles or find a good walking stick to help when crossing. In the winter or dry seasons you may be able to rock hop across many of the crossings and stay dry, but don't count on it. It is also recommended to take a map and compass--trails in the Cohutta Wilderness, while well maintained, are not marked. It is easy to miss a turn and find yourself headed in the wrong direction. Once you find the Conasauga River, this trail is pretty easy to follow--the trick sometimes is finding where the trail exits the river after fording. Beware: River crossings can become dangerous after heavy rains, especially as you make your way further down river--be prepared in case heavy overnight rainfall leaves you stranded.

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