The Valley and Ridge area of Northwest Georgia is not known for waterfalls, unlike almost every other mountainous section of the state. Most of the available hikes in this area simply follow low ridges like Horn Mountain, Johns Mountain, and Taylor Ridge that separate similar valleys. The Keown Falls Scenic Area is unique to the region, as it is home to the area's two only publicly-accessible waterfalls: South Keown Falls and Keown Falls. Both waterfalls are accessed easily by the Keown Falls Trail, but it's worth extending the hike along the Johns Mountain Trail, which has great winter views from Johns Mountain. There are some other opportunities to extend the hike, such as following the Pinhoti Trail along Johns Mountain Road and past Pilchers Pond - although hikers may not find that part of the trail particularly exciting. This hike occurred on Saturday, November 11th, 2017. My plan was to hike a loop with the Keown Falls Trail, Johns Mountain Trail, FS 208, and the Pinhoti Trail past Pilchers Pond, starting at the end of FS 702. Unfortunately, the quality of this longer loop hike was degraded by a rather ugly logged area on the north side of Johns Mountain Road.
Nestled deep in the Armuchee ridges of Northwest Georgia, a series of waterfalls and streams creates a beautiful scene, and the short hike up to it, and farther up to Johns Mountain Overlook, is worth it, as the views are spectacular. I find it weird that for a trail of very high popularity, there is a small to moderate sized parking lot. The other amenities are picnic tables and restrooms. I hiked this trail on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. My plans were to take the right branch of the Keown Falls Loop Trail up to Keown Falls Overlook, then take the right branch of the Johns Mountain Trail to the Johns Mountain Overlook, and finish it by hiking down the left sides of both loops.
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