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Cohuttas / Jack’s River via Rice Camp Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: North GA Cohutta Wilderness Area   Backpacking: Cohuttas / Jack’s River via Rice Camp Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 13 2014  9:00 am >> Sun, Sep 14 2014 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Sep 7 2014 10:22 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 14 2014 9:00 am
Event Duration:1 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
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: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is a moderate backpacking trip that follows the Rice Camp Trail to Jack's River.  One way is approximately 4 - 4 1/2 miles.  The camp site is situated along the banks of the Jack's River. 

The trail crosses the Rice Camp Creek approximately ten times; these are typically shallow and can be crossed in your regular hiking boots.  Trekking poles are highly recommended however, as the rocks are slippery.

Hiking pace is about 2 1/2 mph.  We'll be stopping at all trail intersections, gaps, and road crossings to "collect" the group as we hike and not get stretched out too much (for safety reasons).

Access to the parking requires about a 40 minute drive along gravel roads THERE ARE TWO VEHICLE FORDS [CROSSINGS] OF THE CONASAUGA RIVER, so appropriate cars/SUVs/trucks are recommended.

We should be starting the hike around 11am.  We'll eat lunch around 12:30 along the trail, or preferably at camp.  There are not a lot of camp sites, so we will want to arrive as soon as we can.  We may need to spread out or bunch up.   At camp we'll set up our tents, gather fire wood, relax and enjoy the gorgeous sceney and each others' company.  

On Saturday afternoon, we can take an optional hike to the spectacular Jack River Falls, this is approximately a two mile round trip hike from the camp site.  Swim if you like.  You will have to cross the Jack's River (the water is knee - thigh high) so water shoes are recommended for this shorter trek.  You may want to carry some items in a small pack/pouch, including camera, bee sting remedy and water.  

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.

Rice Camp Trial info:

Required Items to Bring:
  • Backpacking equipment as listed on this web site, 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
  • 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.  :-)
  • Yellow jacket/bee remedy of your choice; kept in a handy location in your pack
  • 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:

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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