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Cohutta Wilderness Beginnerís Welcome

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Cohutta Wilderness Area, Epworth, GA   Backpacking: Cohutta Wilderness Beginnerís Welcome  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 21 2018  9:00 am >> Sun, Apr 22 2018 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Apr 15 2018 6:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Apr 21 2018 7:00 am
Event Duration:1 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


If you are new to backpacking and want to take on a mild challenge, come on out!  This is a moderate backpacking trip that follows the Rice Camp Trail to Jacks River.  One way is approximately 4.5 miles, 1300 ft elevation gain out, 500 ft back.  The campsites are situated along the banks of the Jacks River.  

Starting at about mile one the trail crosses the Rice Camp Creek approximately ten times thru mile two. Altoug the creek is typically shallow water shoes and trekking poles are recommended because the rocks are slippery and it may not be possible to rock hop every crossing.

Hiking pace will be about 2.5 mph.  We'll be stopping often to "collect" the group along the trail.

The drive from the highway to the parking area is mostly on gravel roads and takes about 40-minutes.  Along this route THERE ARE TWO VEHICLE FORDS [CROSSINGS] OF THE CONASAUGA RIVER, so appropriate cars/SUVs/trucks are recommended.  If your car has a low clearance, you would not want to attempt the fords.

We should be starting the hike at 11 am.  We'll eat lunch around 12:30 along the trail.  There are not a lot of campsites, so we will want to arrive as soon as we can.  At camp, we'll set up our tents, gather firewood, relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery and each others' company.  

On Saturday afternoon, we can take an optional hike to the crown jewel of Cohutta: Jacks River Fall.  This is approximately a two-mile round trip hike from the campsite and we will have to cross the wide Jacks River.  The water level at the crossing varies from ankle to thigh high, so water shoes and trekking poles are recommended for this.

On Sunday morning, we will take our time enjoying breakfast, the morning sun hopefully, and will plan to start hiking out by 10:30 or 11:00.  On the way home, we can stop in Chatsworth for an after trail meal.

Rice Camp Trial info

Required Items to Bring:

Backpacking equipment including tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking equipment, warm clothing, water treatment or filter, toilet paper and shovel

Saturday lunch

Saturday dinner

Sunday breakfast

Sunday lunch and/or snacks


LEAVE NO TRACE practices (pack out all trash)

Good humor

If you need to share and/or borrow equipment, please arrange that prior to the trip with the trip leader or others on the trip.  Please don't show up without water bottles or tent, etc.  :-)

Appropriate clothing for cool evening temperatures

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Trekking poles recommended as there are some shallow water crossings.  

Bring water shoes if you want to wade or swim

Bathing suit

Musical instruments if you have the talent


Dry clothes/shirt and clean shoes for ride back

Adult beverages

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Google Maps Link

From the GA 52-US 411 intersection in 
Chatsworth, travel US 411 North approximately 13.4 miles, past Eton toward Tennga, to the community 
of Cisco. In Cisco, turn right onto the paved road immediately before the Cisco Baptist Church, also on the right. Once part 
of GA 2, this road is now known as Old GA 2. This road is also FS 16. 
Continue on FS 16 (the pavement ends; stay to the right at the fork; pass 
Hopewell Church; cross the Conasauga River) for approximately 7.9 miles, then turn right onto FS 51. Proceed about 4.8 miles} making two 
fords. The fords may require a utility vehicle in wet weather. You will 
find the Rice Camp trailhead, bulletin board, and parking area on the left. As you approach, Rice Camp Trail is to the left and East Cowpen 
Trail is straight ahead into the wilderness.  (The road dead-ends at the trailhead.)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


This trip will not be cancelled due to weather unless the prediction is for A LOT of rain.  Be prepared for cold temperatures.  I'll send out a weather report prior to the trip. 

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