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Keown Falls Loop Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.5 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.8 Easy
DURATION 1 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
500
feet
TRAIL TYPE
Loop
Keown Falls Loop

The Keown Falls loop offers great views and waterfalls along its short 1.5 mile path. Solitude seekers will also enjoy this hike in all but the warmest season; however, with expanded winter views, this hike is better in the colder months. At less than an hour away from Chattanooga, this is a good family option, even more so if combined with the Johns Mountain loop.

The trailhead at the Keown Falls Picnic Area has restrooms and several picnic tables along quiet streams, but the parking lot is rather small. Head out on the trail, following the well maintained rock-lined path. This section of trail also shares its path with the Pinhoti trail. At .1 miles, the trail splits; take a right, following the sign to the overlook. Rock-hop a stream crossing and climb the moderately steep switchbacks up the hillside. There are several good views along the way up, even more so in winter.

Just before approaching Keown Falls, you will climb a set of steps that split halfway up. Continue up the steps to the right to climb above the falls to the observation deck. Just past the observation deck is the Johns Mountain Loop. The two loops do not intersect at any point but are joined by way of this short connector trail, which allow both to enjoy the falls. Combining the Keown Fall and Johns Mountain Loops makes for a longer more difficult trail if that's what you're looking for.

Go back down the steps, this time down to Keown Falls. Although this is not a powerful waterfall even after rain, it is interesting as the trail travels behind the falls, under the rock outcropping from which it drops. Pay attention along this section, most of the trail along here is over wet, slick rocks. Once beyond the falls, the trail narrows as it clings to the steep hillside, navigating over some occasionally wet areas before coming to a second waterfall in another .1 miles. To finish out, continue down the trail which drops steeply at first, then more gradually until it reconnects the loop, then hiking the last .1 miles back to the Keown Falls Picnic Area.

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length1.5 miles
difficulty4.8 Easy
duration1 hour
features Dog Friendly  Views  Waterfall 
trail typeLoop
blazeWhite and Green
elevation gain500 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtConasauga Ranger District
3941 Highway 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-695-6736
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.613595, -85.08813 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°36.82, W 85°5.29 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°36'49'', N 34°36'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Directions Trailhead Coordinates
34.613595, -85.08813 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°36.82, W 85°5.29 most GPS units use this one
N 34°36'49'', N 34°36'49'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Notes
Take caution along the wet rocks at the base of the falls.
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3 (1)
hikethesouth-3 weeks ago
Better in Winter
This hike has better views in winter. The falls is hit or miss with water flow unless it's after a heavy rain. A good loop on it's own but better when combined with the Johns Mtn loop.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2013
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