The United States Congress designated the Cohutta Wilderness (map) in 1975 and it now has a total of 36,977 acres. Georgia contains approximately 35,268 acres. Tennessee contains approximately 1,709 acres. It is managed by the Forest Service. The Cohutta Wilderness is bordered by the Big Frog Wilderness to the northeast.
The Panther Creek Loop Trail can be found off of Hwy 411 at the intersection of Rt 2 in Georgia. Be prepared for some off road driving to get to this trailhead. The trail (Hickory Creek Trail) starts off as Moderate and in about 6-7 miles you’ll get to camp next to Conasauga River. Day 2, you’ll cross the Conasauga River on to the Conasauga River Trail twice and start your climb up Panther Creek Trail to East Cowpen Trail. The climb up on the East Cowpen trail is a pretty steep climb.
Bryan Delay once again does a great description of this backpacking trip.
Video Shot by YouTube User: Bryan Delay