Hike 0.2 miles on the easy Fall Branch Trail in Rabun County, Georgia, to see Minnehaha Falls.
By Tim Homan
This trail does not begin or end at Rabun Beach Recreation Area, but because of its close proximity, many people like to walk to beautiful Minnehaha Falls while they are in the area. Tall eastern white pines, thickets of mountain laurel and, cIoser to the falls, rosebay rhododendron border the short, smooth, easily walked trail.
Like the two waterfalls at Rabun Beach, Minnehaha cascades down numerous rock ledges, but with more exuberance, force, and noise. A bench-like boulder near the base of the wide 50-to 55-foot high upper falls makes a handy seat. If you have some time, spend a few minutes watching the kaleidoscopic water patterns and listening to the “laughing water” – the Minnehaha. Below the sitting rock, the stream careens down the mountain again, this time more slide than falls.
Mile 0.2: A 115-foot long waterslide under a rhododendron grove just before the falls.
Mile 0.2: Minnehaha Falls, a 50-foot waterfall over rock ledges.
From the Riley C. Thurmond Memorial Bridge in Tallulah Falls, travel on US 441 North for approximately 1. 7 miles, then turn left at the Rabun Beach sign immediately before the third bridge. Continue on this paved road for approximately 2.5 miles before turning left at the three-way intersection.
Proceed approximately 6.3 miles, then turn left and down onto the paved road at the Flat Creek community sign.
Continue on the paved road across the bridge over Seed Lake, and after 0.2 mile, where the paved road curves to the right, follow gravel Bear Gap Road straight ahead. After traveling 1.5 miles on Bear Gap Road, begin looking to the right for stairs cut into the roadbank. There is a small pull-off area on the left just before the steps.
This hiking guide to the Fall Branch Trail is adapted from The Hiking Trails of North Georgia by Tim Homan and is published in cooperation with the publisher Peachtree Publishers. With his meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, Homan has long been recognized as the authority on North Georgia hiking trail by serious hikers. His other books include Hiking Trails of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Creek Wilderness, Hiking the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness and others. For a complete inventory of his books see his Amazon Author Page.
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