Another warm-weather waterfall favorite is the Emery Creek Falls Trail, located near the southern border of the Cohutta Wilderness. The trail crosses its namesake creek repeatedly before reaching the reward of two secluded waterfalls. The trail explores some rugged terrain filled with fern, mosses and wildflowers; the hike to the falls is equally beautiful as the main attraction at the end.
The Wilderness is also an unexpected but popular spot for freshwater snorkeling. Bisected by two rivers, the Conasauga River and Jacks River, the Cohutta Wilderness is home to over 70 species of fish including bass, bream and drum. Turtles, frogs, salamanders and other aquatic life are also abundant in its fresh mountain waters. The Conasauga Snorkel Hole offers snorkelers the opportunity to view these fish, reptiles and amphibians in their natural habitat while cooling off in the surprisingly chilly water.
Like its rivers, the forests of the Cohutta Wilderness are filled with wildlife and plant communities. Deer, bear, wild boar and a wide variety of small mammals and birds make their home across its remote acres. Filled with many species of wildflowers, flowering shrubs and deciduous and coniferous trees, the Wilderness bursts into bloom in warmer months. In spring and summer months, flame azaleas, rhododendrons and mountain laurel explode in a colorful display. Trilliums, lady slippers, cardinal flowers, blue cohosh and many species of ferns and moss can be found along the riverbanks and on the forest floor. And towering overhead, tulip poplars, hemlocks, maples and pines provide dense shady cover for understory plants below.