Johns Mountain Overlook Loop Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
DURATION 1-2 hours
Johns Mountain Overlook Loop

The Johns Mountain loop trail offers instant payoff from the view at the trailhead, but also provides a short quiet hike along the ridgeline. Less than an hour away from Chattanooga, this is a good family option, especially if combined with the Keown Falls loop and picnic area. Solitude seekers will enjoy this hike.

From the small parking lot of Johns Mountain, take in the excellent views of the ridges and valleys to the west from the overlook. From the trailhead, start the hike by heading south along the ridgeline from the overlook. Immediately passing a communication tower, this level 1.3 mile stretch is very rocky, but easily traveled. Occasional rock cliffs and large boulders populate the ridge. Some winter views are to be had along here as well. The trail curves back around to the east and follows lower along the ridge. Again, rock cliffs and a few large boulders add interest here. After crossing a small stream the trail crosses over the stream feeding Keown Falls by way of a small footbridge before coming to a junction.

Not directly on the Johns Mountain loop trail, take the short connector trail to the right to the Keown Falls overlook for a great view, then head down the steps and to the right toward Keown Falls. Although this is not a powerful waterfall even after rain, it is interesting as the Keown Falls Loop 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. To make this a double loop, see the Keown Falls and Johns Mountain Double Loop trail.

Turn around and head up the steps to get back on the upper loop. Travel the .8 miles from the connector trail to the ridge top and back to the Johns Mountain overlook and trailhead. The first half of this section is easy while the second half ascends most of the 430 feet of elevation gain. About a third of the way up is a short side trail with a good view to the northeast. Arrive back at the parking lot and trailhead to finish out the hike.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
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length3 miles
difficulty3.8 Easy
duration1 - 2 hours
trail typeLoop
elevation gain550 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtConasauga Ranger District
3941 Highway 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.623152, -85.098343 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°37.39, W 85°5.9 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°37'23'', N 34°37'23'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Directions Trailhead Coordinates
34.623152, -85.098343 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°37.39, W 85°5.9 most GPS units use this one
N 34°37'23'', N 34°37'23'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
Take Forest Service Road 208 (FS 208) from Pocket Road, although some maps (including Google) do not show it going all the way to the top of the ridge.
Take caution along the wet rocks at the base of the falls.
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hikethesouth-3 weeks ago
Easy Loop to Keown Falls
This hike is better when combined with the Keown Falls loop, but if you want a great view from the parking lot and a shorter loop to the falls, this is a good hike. I feel this is better in winter, not because the views are better, but you get a better sense that you are along the ridge of the mountain with it dropping off on both sides.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2013
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