|Trail Length: 1.8 miles||Type of trail: Loop|
|County: Walker County, GA||Our rating: Moderate|
|Features: waterfalls||Your rating:|
|Usage: Light||Added on: January 01, 1994|
|Last hiked: October 22, 2014||Updated on: February 08, 2016|
|About these ratings|
Hiking trails in Walker County, GA
This 1.8 miles roundtrip moderate hike climbs Johns Mountain, looping back at the second overlook of Keown Falls. These high mountain falls frequently run dry.
Keown Falls Trail
Frequently little more than a trickle and usually dry by the end of the summer, Keown Falls really only come to life after a spring downpour. A sign at the start of the trail will indicate the current water flow. The walk is almost entirely in shade, with the exception of the observation deck above the falls.
Just after the start of the trailhead is the path's most unusual feature, an A-frame roof over the treadway, for no apparent reason. Rocklined and gravel filled at the beginning, these amenities end at a tree in the middle of the path. At this point the trail begins to climb Johns Mountain through a oak-hickory forest with beech, sourwood and tuliptrees intermingled.
Johns Mountain is typical of many of the mountains in Northwest Georgia. Ringed by large boulders just below the top like its taller brother to the west, Lookout Mountain, the mountain is part of a geological formation known as Ridge and Valley. The footpath steepens as it rises, turning into a series of switchbacks just below the top. The sound of falls can be heard just before a turn to some rock steps. At the top of the steps is a cool cove and the first view of the falls. Continue around to an observation deck that allows a different view of the same falls.
The deck serves as a connector between the Keown Falls Loop and the Johns Mountain Trail.