Waterfalls of North Georgia Including Photos and an Interactive Trip Planner Map

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Moccasin Creek Falls near Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton, one of the waterfalls in what is believed to be the most comprehensive directory of North Georgia waterfalls available.

Here are over 70 north Georgia waterfalls spread across the state from east to west. Assembled by photographer John D. (Jack) Anthony, it is believed to be the most comprehensive lists of north Georgia waterfalls ever compiled. There are directions to each of the falls and photographs of most of them. Each of the waterfalls is included on an interactive map so you can plan a visit to one or more falls by geographic area. Use the access map in conjunction with directions to each waterfall. The number of falls varies depending on how you count multiple falls on a single stream and falls on private property not accessible to the public. See below for additional information about the author and collector editions of his book Waterfalls of North Georgia from which this interactive guide is adapted.

By John D. Anthony, Jr.

Holcomb Creek Falls

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Holcomb Creek Falls

Holcomb Creek cascades down almost 150 feet around and over large boulders creating Holcomb Creek Falls. The falls is accessible on a 0.25 mile maintained trail descending from the trailhead. The trail continues 0.2 miles to Ammons Creek Falls. Just before reaching Ammons Falls a spur trail on the left follows Holcomb Creek upstream about a mile, passing a smaller falls on Holcomb Creek before reaching FS 7 six-tenths of a mile above the Holcomb Creek trailhead.

To reach the falls from Clayton, Georgia, go east on Warwoman Road 10 miles and turn left onto unpaved FS 7 (at the sign to Hale Ridge Cemetery), Follow FS 7 for 6.5 miles to the junction with FS 86. The trail to Holcomb Falls begins here. Elevation: 2,435.

Ammons Creek Falls

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Ammons Creek Falls

Ammons Creek joins Holcomb Creek a short distance below the two falls and continues as Holcomb Creek for about four miles to join Big Creek and Overflow Creek at Three Forks, the beginning of the West Fork of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.

To reach Ammons Creek Falls trailhead follow the directions for Holcomb Creek Falls trailhead above. The 0.25 mile trail descends steadily until it reaches the observation bridge at Holcomb Creek Falls, Continue on the trail 0.2 of a mile to Ammons Creek Falls. Just before reaching Ammons Creek Falls a spur trail leads back along Holcomb Creek to FS 7 six-tenths of a mile above the Holcomb Creek trailhead. Elevation: 2,520 feet.

Falls on Big Creek

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Falls on Big Creek

Big Creek is one of the three creeks that come together at Three Forks to form the West Fork of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. The other two are Holcomb Creek and Overflow Creek; These tributaries to the West Fork are located in the extreme northeast corner of the state. Once you leave the highway and enter the Chattahoochee National Forest in this area the vegetation is beautiful and dense. The two-mile trail to the falls is relatively easy until you are very near the falls. However, the last few yards before the falls becomes visible are difficult and require extreme care to avoid sliding several feet into the creek.

To reach the trailhead drive from Clayton on Warwcrnan Road to GA 28. a distance of about 14 miles. Turn left onto GA 28 and go four miles to the community of Satolah. A few hundred feet after crossing the Big Creek Bridge turn left into a parking area. The old logging road that serves as the trail begins here. This road Immediately crosses Talley Mill Creek which you may want to ford in your vehicle to avoid wading. Follow the road on foot for about 1.5 miles to a trail junction. The trail straight ahead continues on to Three Forks and the trail that turns 90 degrees left begins a slow descent to Big Creek. Take the left trail for about one-half mile to the creek. After reaching the creek follow the trail downstream several hundred feet. When you reach the top of the falls the trail becomes difficult. Carefully work your way to the bottom of the falls. The creek makes Its way through a narrow opening In the rocks in two cascades before beginning the final fall. Elevation: 2,100 feet.

Singley’s Falls on Overflow Creek

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Singley’s Falls on Overflow Creek

To reach the trailhead follow the directions to the falls on Big Creek. After crossing Talley Mill Creek follow the logging road for about 1.5 miles where the trail to Big Creek Falls turns 90 degrees left and begins a slow descent to Big Creek. Continue straight for about another mile to a large blocking mound with a water-filled pit in front. The trail passing left around the blocking mound descends to Three Forks. Turn right at the water-filled pit and begin to descend sometimes steeply for about 1/2 mile to where the logging road turns sharply light. At this point the trail to Singley’s Falls goes left for about a quarter of a mile to the top of the falls. The walking distances are estimates but you should allow about two hours to walk in and the same for the return trip. Elevation: 2,010feet.

Three Forks Area

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Falls on Big Creek at Three Forks

Big Creek, Overflow Creek, and Holcomb Creek join at Three Forks to form the West Fork of the Chattooga River. Three Forks and the seven miles of the West Fork of the Chattooga River are within the designated National Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.

To reach the trailhead follow the directions to Big Creek Falls. After crossing Talley Mill Creek follow the road for about 1.5 miles to a trail junction where the left trail begins a slow descent to Big Creek. Continue straight at the junction for about another mile to a large blocking mound with a water-filled pit in front. A trail to the right descends to Overflow Creek. Continue around the blocking mound to the left and begin to descend steeply to Three Forks, a distance of about 0.75 miles with a drop of about. 550 feet in elevation. Elevation: 1,860 feet.

Bull Sluice Rapids

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Bull Sluice Rapids

Bull Sluice is a Class 5 rapids on the National Wild and Scenic Chattooga River on the border between Georgia and South Carolina. The access point is on US 76 about nine miles east of Clayton, Georgia. Although accessible from both sides, the easiest access is on the South Carolina side of the bridge at the parking lot on the north side of US 76 near a stone building that has restrooms and river information. After passing the building follow a paved walkway upstream a few yards to a gravel path that continues upstream. Follow the gravel path which ends after a short distance where there is a good view of the rapids. Elevation: 1,210 feet.

Martin Creek Falls

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Martin Creek Falls

To reach Martin Creek Falls take Warwoman Road from Clayton for 3.5 miles to Finney Creek Road on the left. Follow Finney Creek Road (FS 152) for 0.5 miles to a campsite on the left. Park here. Go through the campsite, crossing Martin Creek, and continue on to join Bartram trail in approximately 400 yards. Continue up the left side of Martin Creek on the Bartram Trail which will soon cross over the creek and back again on bridges. The second bridge is at the base of the falls and leads to an observation deck. The total distance from the parking area to the falls is approximately 0.5 miles. Elevation: 2,035 feet.

Becky Branch Falls

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Becky Branch Falls

William Bartram was a. naturalist from Pennsylvania who explored parts of the southeast in the late 1700’s studying the flora and fauna in this southern region. The Bartram Trail which passes through northeast Georgia follows closely the original path taken by Bartram as he passed through this area.

To reach Becky Branch Falls which is on the Bartram Trail take Warwoman Road from US 441 in Clayton for 3.0 miles to Warwoman Dell on the right. Turn into Warwoman Dell and park here. Follow the Bartram Trail (which passes through Warwoman Dell) north approximately 0.25 miles to a footbridge at the base of the falls. The trail crosses over Warwoman Road and ascends steeply in places before reaching the falls. Elevation: 2,140 feet.

Dick’s Creek Falls – Chattooga River

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Dicks Creek Falls

Dick’s Creek Falls is a 60 foot falls that cascades into the Chattooga River in the eastern side of Rabun County in the National Wild and Scenic Chattooga River area.

To reach the falls follow Warwoman Road east from Clayton 5.8 miles, then turn right on Sandy Ford Road. Follow Sandy Ford Road four miles to the trailhead located at the ford on Dick’s Creek. Park here and hike down stream 0.5 miles to the falls, crossing the Bartram Trail before reaching the falls. Elevation: 1,500 feet.

Laural Falls

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Laurel Falls at Kingswood Golf Course

Laural Falls is located at Kingswood Golf Course two miles from Clayton on US 76S. Elevation: 1,600 feet.

Darnell Falls

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Darnell Falls

Darnell Falls is in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Rabun Gap, Georgia. To reach the falls proceed north from Clayton on US 441 for six miles and turn right at Kelly’s Creek Road at the Rabun Gap Post Office. Go one mile to Darnell Creek Road on the right at the National Forest Rifle Range sign. Follow Darnell Creek Road a short distance and bear left at the fork with Chestnut Mountain Road. The pavement ends here. Continue about 0.3 miles to the fork in the road. All except 4-wheel drive vehicles should park here and walk down the right fork approximately two hundred yards to the falls. Elevation: 2,300 feet.

Estatoah Falls

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View of Estatoah Falls from GA 246

This falls on Mud Creek is located on private property and is not accessible to the public but can be viewed from several locations along GA 246 one mile east from US 441 in Dillard. Mud Creek flows out of Sky Valley, Georgia, and cascades several hundred feet down the mountain. Estatoah was the name of a Cherokee Indian village in the valley near the falls. Elevation: 2,500-2,800 feet.

Mud Creek Falls

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Mud Creek Falls

The falls is below the lake at the Sky Valley golf course. Standing on the tee of the par three 15th hole of the golf course the falls can be heard below but is not visible.

To reach Mud Creek Falls at Sky Valley, going north on US 441 out of Dillard, Georgia, turn right on GA 246. Follow GA 246 for 4.2 miles and turn right onto Bald Mountain Road. Go 0.9 miles and turn right into Sky Valley, a gated community. Turn left after going through the gate and proceed 0.5 miles and turn right on Tahoe Lane. Follow this road three-quarters of a mile to the base of the falls. Elevation: 2,980 feet.

Sylvan Falls

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Sylvan Falls

Sylvan Falls is located at the Sylvan Falls Mill Bed & Breakfast on Taylor’s Chapel Road in Mountain City. The adjacent waterwheel and mill operated as a gristmill for over 150 years and is still operated on special days. The water wheel and falls can be seen from the road that passes in front of the B&B.

To reach the falls proceed out of Clayton north on US 441 for four miles to Wolffork Road on the left opposite the Exxon Station. Follow Wolffork Road 2.3 miles and turn left on Taylor’s Chapel Road. Soon after turning onto Taylor’s Chapel Road the falls and the B&B will be on the right. Elevation: 2,180 feet.

Adi-HiFalls

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Adi-Hi-Falls

Adi-Hi Falls is located in Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton. Georgia. The falls is near the top of the mountain and has low flow during dry periods. The entrance to the park is three miles north of Clayton left off US 441. The trail to the falls is 0.5 miles and the trailhead is in the campground near the camp store. The well-maintained trail is steep in places but well-placed steps make the walk down and up fairly easy. During dry periods there will be low water flow. The observation deck provides a close-up view of the falls which continues to cascade steeply down the mountain. The views of the valley below from the summit and several different observation decks are spectacular. Elevation: 3,060 feet.

Toccoa Falls

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Toccoa Falls

Toccoa Falls Is located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Georgia. The 186 foot high falls was the scene of a tragic flood in November of 1977 when the earthen dam above the falls broke during a rain storm in the middle of the night. The water rushed through the campus killing 39 members of the community. Large boulders dislodged during the flood remain at the bottom of the falls.

To reach the falls follow GA 17 Alt. out of Toccoa approximately 1.5 miles to the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Turn left into the college and follow the road one mile to the parking area at the entrance to the gift shop at the falls. A fee Is charged for entrance to the falls. Toccoa Falls is wheelchair accessible. Elevation: 880 feet.

Panther Creek FaIls

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Panther Creek Falls

Located in the Panther Creek Recreation Area, the falls can be reached on a 3.5 mile moderate walk along Panther Creek. The national forest parking area is located eight miles north of Hollywood, Georgia, on Old US 441 between Clarksville and Tallulah Falls. The parking area is a daily fee facility and restrooms are available. Parking is on the west side of Old US 441. To begin the hike from the parking area cross over US 441 and follow the trail markings. Allow about 1.5 hours to reach the falls and two hours to return. Some rock scrambling is required and there are some steep sections but much of the hike is relatively flat.

L’Eau d’Or (Ladora) FaIls – Tallulah Gorge State Park

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L’Eau d’Or Falls

Tallulah Gorge State Park is in the town of Tallulah Falls, Georgia, and is managed jointly by the Georgia State Parks and Georgia Power Company. The Tallulah River flows through the 600 foot deep gorge. Before the Tallulah River was dammed in 1913 to generate power as much as 10 times the amount of water ran through the gorge as currently. The entrance to the park is just north of the Tallulah Lake Dam on US 441. L’Eau d’Or Falls (Ladore) is the first falls below the Tallulah Lake Dam and can be viewed from an overlook on the north rim near the Visitors Center. This overlook is wheelchair accessible. Elevation: 1,570 feet.

Tempesta Falls, Tallulah Gorge State Park

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Tempesta Falls

Tempesta Falls can be viewed from overlooks on the south rim trail. Follow directions as listed above.

Hurricane Falls,  Tallulah Gorge State Park

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Hurricane Falls

Hurricane Falls can be observed from the south rim where this Image was made and also from the swinging bridge that crosses the gorge 85 feet above the top of the falls. The bridge is reached by steps from the north rim trail. Steps continue to descend from the bridge to the bottom of the gorge, terminating at the base of Hurricane Falls.

Oceana Falls, Tallulah Gorge State Park

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Oceana Falls

Oceana Falls is the fourth major falls in Tallulah Gorge. Each year on weekends in April and November the water is released from the Georgia Power Company’s hydroelectric dam to permit experienced boaters to negotiate the rapids and falls below Hurricane Falls. 

Stonewall Falls

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Stonewall Falls

To reach this falls on Stonewall Creek go north on US 441 out of Tallulah Falls for 1.7 miles and turn left to access Old US 441. Follow Old US 441 north for 5.7 miles to FS 20 on the left. Follow FS 20 1.7 miles to a primitive camping area at the base of the falls. Automobiles with low suspension need to be parked at the parking area which is reached 0.4 miles before the falls and proceed to the falls on foot. Elevation: 1,880 feet.

Minnehaha Falls

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Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls is 1.6 miles from the Lake Seed Dam. To reach the falls follow US 441 north out of Tallulah Falls, Georgia, for 1. 7 miles and turn on Old US 441 at the Rabun Beach Recreation Area sign. Follow Old 441 for 2.4 miles and turn left on Lake Rabun Road. Proceed along the shore of Lake Rabun for six miles to the Lake Seed Dam. Cross the lake below the darn on a one-lane bridge. Go about 150 yards and turn left on Bear Gap Road. Follow Bear Gap Road for 1.5 miles to the Minnehaha Falls trail sign on the light. There is limited parking on the left side of the road. Allow about 10 minutes for the moderate walk up to the falls. Elevation: 1,856 feet.

Bad Branch Falls

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Bad Branch Falls

Follow the directions for Minnehaha Falls to the one-lane bridge at the Lake Seed Dam. Cross the lake below the dam on a one-lane bridge. Go 0.3 miles to the stop sign and turn right on Crow Creek Road. Follow Crow Creek Road for 2.9 miles. The unmarked trailhead will be on the left. Allow 10 minutes for an easy walk to the falls. The Georgia Power Company maintains a recreation area a short distance beyond the Bad Branch Falls trailhead where restrooms are available. Elevation: 1,950 feet.

Crow Creek Falls

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Crow Creek Falls

Follow the directions for Minnehaha Falls to the one-lane bridge at the Lake Seed dam. Cross the bridge and go 0.3 miles to the stop sign and turn right on Crow Creek Road. Follow Crow Creek Road for 4.9 miles. A trail with blocking mounds just to the right of Crow Creek leads upstream about 300 yards to the falls. A forest service road just past Crow Creek follows the creek upstream where a shorter trail to the falls can be found. Elevation: 1,840 feet.

Dolly Falls

Dolly Falls is on private property and not accessible to the public.

Hole #2, Waterfall at Lake Burton

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Hole #2 at Lake Burton

Hole #2 at the Waterfall Golf Club at Lake Burton has a scenic waterfall that is the signature for the gated community. Golfers hit their drive from the #2 tee at the top of the waterfall to the green located far below.

Panther Falls

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Panther Falls

Panther Falls and Angel Falls are on Joe Creek which flows through the Rabun Beach Camping Area. The trailhead to both falls begins at the back of the camping area and immediately crosses Joe Creek on a footbridge. The 0.5 mile trail to Panther Falls is along almost continuous cascades. Beyond Panther Falls another one-half mile upstream is Angel Falls, the larger of the two. To reach the falls trailhead follow US 441 north out of Tallulah Falls for 1. 7 miles and turn on Old 441 at the Rabun Beach Recreation Area sign. Follow Old 441 for 2.4 miles and turn left on Lake Rabun Road. Proceed along the shore of Lake Rabun for four miles to the Rabun Beach Camping Area #2. Turn right and continue to the trailhead at the day use parking area at the back of the camping area. This is a daily fee area. The hike is a moderate hike of about a half mile along Joe Creek. Elevation: 1,800 feet.

Angel Falls

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Angel Falls

To reach the falls follow the directions for Panther Falls above to the trailhead. The hike is a moderately strenuous one-mile hike to the observation bridge at the base of the falls. You will pass Panther Falls after about halfway. Above Panther Falls the trail ascends through a heavy rhododendron canopy along a number of cascades on Joe Creek. Elevation: 2,300 feet.

Hemlock Falls

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Hemlock Falls

Hemlock Falls is near Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton. To reach the falls from Clayton follow US 76 west 11 miles to GA 197 and turn left. Go another 3.7 miles on GA 197 to Moccasin Creek State Park and turn right at the sign to Hemlock Falls. Continue another 0.5 miles to the Hemlock Falls trailhead. Park here and follow the trail up the left side of the creek for approximately one mile, crossing the creek on a wooden bridge shortly before reaching the falls. Elevation: 2,110 feet.

Upper Falls on Moccasin Creek

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Upper Falls on Moccasin Creek

The upper falls on Moccasin Creek is near Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton. To reach the falls from Clayton follow the directions to the Hemlock Falls parking area. Park here and follow the trail up the creek for approximately one mile to the lower (Hemlock) falls. Continue on the trail past. Hemlock Falls for a hundred yards or so until you can find a place to safely cross Moccasin Creek. After crossing the creek follow the well used and very scenic (but not maintained) trail upstream along almost continuous large cascades for about one-half mile. The trail arrives at the top of the falls. Elevation: 2,450 feet.

Falls on Wildcat Creek

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Falls on Wildcat Creek

The two falls on Wildcat Creek are beside the road. To photograph the lower falls which is about 100 yards below the upper falls requires some scrambling down a steep bank. To reach these falls from Clayton take US 76 west for I I miles to CA 197 on the left. Follow GA 197 for five more miles to W. Wildcat Road on the right. This will be 1.4 miles past Moccasin Creek State Park, Turn right on W. Wildcat Road (FS 127). Proceed on FS 127 1.4 miles to the falls. Elevation: 2,110 feet.

Falls on Kilby Mill Creek

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Falls on Kirby Mill Creek

To reach the falls follow US 76 west from Clayton for eight miles to Persimmon Road. Turn right on Persimmon Road and go five miles to the junction of Persimmon Road and Patterson Gap Road. Take the left fork for two more miles and park in the pull-off on the right just before crossing the bridge over Kilby Creek. Walk up the right side of Kilby Creek a short distance to the point where a branch enters on the light. Walk up the right side of the branch again a short distance to a crossing on stones. Follow this trail back to Kilby Creek. The lower falls is partially obscured by trees. Pass this falls on the light to the upper falls. Elevation: 2,140 feet.

Denton Branch Falls

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Falls on Denton Branch

Denton Branch Falls is located in a valley near the community of Tate City. To reach the falls follow US 76 west from Clayton for eight miles to Persimmon Road. Turn light on Persimmon Road and go 4.1 miles to FS 70 on the left. Follow FS 70 for 6.4 miles (pavement ends in 1.5 miles) to the Denton Branch Road on the right. Drive up the right side of Denton Branch 0.3 miles to a primitive camping area and park here. Cross the branch on rocks and follow the trail up the left side of the branch about 300 yards, passing a smaller falls on the way. Elevation: 2,760 feet.

Upper Tallulah River

The drive to Tate City and Denton Branch Falls is along the Upper Tallulah River, a favorite stream of trout fishermen with its many beautiful cascades and shoals.

Falls on Joel Creek

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Falls on Joel Creek

The two falls on Joel Creek are near the Enota Mountain Retreat and Conference Center (enota@cnota.com, www.enota. com} located in Towns County near Hiawassee and Helen, Georgia, on GA 180. Enota Mountain Retreat was originally Camp Pioneer. To reach Enota Mountain Retreat from Hiawassee follow GA 76 east 2.7 miles and turn light on GA 17/75. Follow GA 75 south for 6.3 miles and turn tight on GA 180. Go 2.6 miles to the Enota sign on the left. From Helen, Georgia, follow GA 75 north about 11 miles through Robertstown, over Unicoi Gap and down the mountain to GA 180 on the left. Follow GA 180 2.6 miles to the Enota sign on the left. This is private property so you must obtain permission at the Visitors Center to visit the falls. Nearby is the access road to Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak. Elevation: 2,570 feet.

Gurley Creek Falls

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Gurley Creek Falls

Gurley Creek Falls is also near the Enota Mountain Retreat described under falls on Joel Creek above. This Image was made from an observation deck a short distance from the Visitors Center. Elevation: 2,570 feet.

Blue Hole Falls

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Blue Hole Falls

Blue Hole Falls Is in the High Shoals Scenic Area In Towns County. The observation deck is accessed on a one mile maintained trail which descends steeply from the parking area before beginning an easy walk through a canopy of hemlock, white pines, and rhododendron.

From Unicoi Gap 10 miles north of Helen proceed north on GA 75 for two more mtles. Before reaching GA 180 turn right on FS 283 at the sign to High Shoals Scenic Area. Parking for the trailhead is 1.3 miles on the left. Hike down the trail to High Shoals Creek and then downstream for a total of about a mile. Follow the trail through rhododendron to the first observation platform which Is at Blue Hole Falls. The trail continues to High Shoals Falls at a second observation platform. Elevation: 2,880 feet.

High Shoals Falls

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High Shoals Falls

High Shoals Falls is a few yards below Blue Hole Falls on High Shoals Creek. To reach the falls follow the directions for Blue Hole Falls above. Elevation: 2,880 feet.

Anna Ruby Falls

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Anna Ruby Falls

Anna Ruby Falls, one of tile major attractions in north Georgia, is administered by the U. S. Forest Service. The falls on Curtis Creek on the left cascades 153 feet. York Creek on the light cascades 50 feet before joining Curtis Creek to become Smith Creek. A paved walkway leaves the Visitors Center and follows Smith Creek on a beautiful but sometimes steep interpretive walk to the two observation platforms at the base of the two falls.

To reach the falls located in the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area take GA 75 north out of Helen. Georgia for one mile and turn right on GA 356. After 2.3 miles turn left into Unicoi State Park and follow the signs 3.5 miles to Anna Ruby Falls parking area. Elevation: 2,000 feet.

Falls on the Upper Chattahoochee River

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Falls on the upper Chattahoochee River

The headwaters of the Chattahoochee River in this image rush through a two-foot-wide channel in the rock, plunging several feet before beginning a series of cascades. A footbridge just below the falls is the first of many bridges crossing the Chattahoochee before it joins the Flint River at Lake Seminole to form the Apalachicola River in Florida. The Chattahoochee River begins as a spring below the Appalachian Trail 2.5 miles above this bridge. Beginning at the north end of the Upper Chattahoochee River camping area follow the path designated for Horsetrough Falls and just before crossing the bridge walk upstream 200 yards to the falls bottom.

To reach the Upper Chattahoochee River camping area proceed approximately eight miles north from Helen. Georgia, on GA 75 and turn left on FS 44 at Unicoi Gap. Follow FS 44 five miles to the camping area. Turn right and proceed to the day use parking area at the north end of the camping area. In winter the road into the camping area may be closed and you will need to walk to the day use area, a distance of about one-half mile. Elevation: 2,300 feet.

Horsetrough Falls

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Horsetrough Falls

Horsetrough Creek is a tributary to the Chattahoochee River and joins the Chattahoochee just below the footbridge described above. To reach the Upper Chattahoochee River camping area proceed approximately eight miles north from Helen, Georgia, on GA 75 and turn left on FS 44 at Unicoi Gap. Follow FS 44 five miles to the camping area. Turn right and proceed to the day use parking area at the far end of the camping area. Beginning at the trailhead sign near the parking area follow the trail 200 yards to the observation deck. Elevation: 2,300 feet.

Falls on Low Gap Creek

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Falls on Low Gap Creek

To reach this falls from Robertstown, turn left on GA 75 Alt. Immediately after crossing the bridge over the Chattahoochee River turn right and continue up the west side of the river, first on pavement and then on unpaved FS 44. After about four miles and at the point where the road crosses the river again continue straight on FS 44A. Follow FS 44A fording Low Gap Creek once and park at the second ford. Cross the creek at the second ford and walk up the left side of the creek until you reach England Camp Creek coming in from the left. Cross to the right side of Low Gap Creek at this point and begin to work your way up to the falls mostly without the benefit of trails by climbing and scrambling part of thc way. The total walking distance to the falls is less than one mile. Elevation: 2,140 feet.

Raven Cliffs Falls

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Raven Cliffs Falls

Raven Cliffs Falls is on Dodd Creek near its headwaters. The water falling through a small opening in a gigantic cliff gives this falls its interesting character. The 2.5 mile trail to the falls along Dodd Creek passes several other interesting small waterfalls. The trail and falls are located within the Mark Trail Wilderness Area. The trail is moderate until it nears the Raven Cliffs where the terrain and trail become steep.

To reach the falls parking area and trailhead follow GA 75 out of Helen, Georgia, 1.5 miles to GA 75 Alt at Robertstown. Turn left on GA 75 Alt and continue 2.2 miles to GA 348 and turn right here. This is also the Richard Russell Scenic Highway. After 2.9 miles turn left and proceed about 100 yards to the parking area. Elevation: 2,590 feet.

Dodd Creek, Raven Cliffs Trail – First Waterfall

The trail to Raven Cliffs Falls is five miles round trip along Dodd Creek to the cliffs where the creek plunges through a narrow opening in the granite face. This is a very nice moderate trail through a rhododendron, hemlock and hardwood forest following the creek with numerous small waterfalls and cascades. The trail and falls are located within the Mark Trail Wilderness Area. The first falls is accessible but requires some scrambling and is approximately one mile from the trailhead.

The trailhead is located off the Richard Russell Scenic Highway (GA 348) three miles north of GA 75 Alt near Helen and Robertstown. For directions refer to Raven Cliffs Falls above. Elevation: 2,200 feet.

Dodd Creek, Raven Cliffs Trail – Second Waterfall

The second falls is approximately 1.3 miles from the trailhead and can be seen almost vertically below the trail and is best observed from that point because of steep descent to reach the falls bottom.

The trailhead is located off the Richard Russell Scenic Highway (GA 348) three miles north of GA 75 Alt near Helen and Robertstown. For directions refer to Raven Cliffs Falls above. Elevation: 2,300 feet.

Dukes Creek Falls

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Bottom of Dukes Creek Falls

Dukes Creek Falls is actually on Davis Creek as it joins Dodd Creek to form Dukes Creek. The falls drops approximately 200 feet. The walk to the falls from the parking area is by way of switchbacks into the Dukes Creek Gorge. An observation deck 0.1 mile from the trailhead provides the first view of the falls. One mile farther on the trail. descending on switchbacks and steps, is a 100 yard long deck with observation points at the end and middle and a lower deck at the base of Dukes Creek Falls.

To reach the Dukes Creek Falls parking area, follow GA 75 out of Helen, Georgia, 1.5 miles to GA 75 Alt at Robertstown. Turn left on GA 75 Alt for 2.2 miles and turn right onto GA 348 which is the Richard Russell Scenic Highway. Go two miles to the entrance to the parking area on the left. Elevation: 2,100 feet.

Falls on Dodd Creek at Dukes Creek Falls

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Falls on Dodd Creek at Dukes Creek Recreation Area

The end observation deck at Dukes Creek Falls provides a view of the last of several large cascades on Dodd Creek before Dodd Creek joins Davis Creek to form Dukes Creek. Elevation: 1,820 feet.

Falls on Davis Creek

The top of Dukes Creek Falls can be reached by leaving the parking area and driving one mile to the Raven Cliffs Scenic Area parking area. After turning off of GA 348 drive past the parking area for 0.5 miles to a pull off on the left. A trail leads left about 200 yards down to the top of Dukes Creek Falls. A second falls on Davis Creek is only a few yards upstream from the top of Dukes Creek Falls. Elevation: 2,000 feet.

Upper Falls on Davis Creek

To reach still another falls on Davis Creek drive an additional 0.5 miles past the access to the top of the Dukes Creek Falls to a ford across Davis Creek. Park Just across the ford and walk upstream 100 yards to the falls. Elevation: 2,090 feet.

Falls on Wolf Creek at Lake Trahlyta in Vogel State Park

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Falls on Wolf Creek at Lake Trahlyta

A trail around Lake Trahlyta to the dam and continuing below the dam provides access to an observation deck near the bottom of the falls. The falls can also be viewed from the highway on US 19/129 approximately 100 yards below the entrance to Vogel State Park.

To reach Vogel State Park go north on US 19/129 11 miles from Turners Corner or south 10 miles from Blairsville. Vogel State Park and the falls will be on the west side of the highway. Elevation: 2,200 feet.

Helton Creek – Upper Falls

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Helton Creek Falls

There are two falls on Helton Creek in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The upper falls is about 50 yards above the lower falls. To reach these falls go north from Dahlonega on US 19 for 21.5 miles to Neels Gap. Go another 1.7 miles to Helton Creek Road on the right. From Blairsville go south 11 miles on US 19/129 to Helton Creek Road on the left. From Cleveland go 18.5 miles on US 129 to Neels Gap and another 1.7 to Helton Creek Road. Follow Helton Creek Road 2.3 miles to a forest service parking area on the right. About half of this distance is paved. The trail down to both falls is about 150 yards and there Is an observation deck at the upper falls. Elevation: 2,150 feet.

Helton Creek – Lower Falls

See the information above for Helton Creek Upper Falls. Elevation: 2,150 feet.

DeSoto Falls – Upper Falls

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DeSoto Falls

The DeSoto Falls are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest DeSoto Falls Scenic Area. Trails lead to two different falls on branches of Frogtown Creek. The upper falls is 0.75 miles upstream.

DeSoto Falls can be reached by taking US 19N/129N five miles past the Junction of US 19 and US 129 at Turners Corner. To reach Turners Corner from Cleveland follow US 129N 10.3 miles. To reach Turners Corner from Dahlonega follow US 19N 13.3 miles. Elevation: 2,000 feet.

DeSoto Falls – Lower Falls

The DeSoto Falls are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest DeSoto Falls Scenic Area. Trails lead to two different falls on branches of Frogtown Creek. The lower falls is 0.25 miles downstream.

Trophy Falls

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Trophy Falls

Trophy Falls is located on a private trout fishing preserve at Cannon Falls Lodge (www.cannonfallslodge.corn) in Lumpkin County and only accessible when accompanied by a guide.

Cannon Falls

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Cannon Falls

Cannon Falls is located on a private trout fishing preserve at Cannon Falls Lodge (www.cannonfallslodge.com) in Lumpkin County and only accessible when accompanied by a guide.

Cowrock Falls

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Cowrock Falls

Cowrock Falls is at the upper end of Boggs Creek Campground in the Chattahoochee National Forest. To reach the falls from Dahlonega take US 19N 13.3 miles to Turners Corner at the junction of US 19 with US 129. From Cleveland take US 129N 10.3 miles to Turners Corner. Continue north on US 19/129 for 1.5 miles to the entrance to Boggs Creek Recreational Area and turn right at the Boggs Creek sign. Follow the road through the campground for approximately 1.8 miles to the confluence of Little Ridge Creek (the left fork) and Cowrock Creek to form Boggs Creek at the last ford. Ford the creek and continue about 0.3 miles to the parking area at the end of the road. Walk left past the blocking mounds and follow the trail along Cowrock Creek for approximately 0.5 miles until you cross a branch coming in from the left. Immediately after crossing the branch follow the branch up the right side 200 yards to the falls. Elevation: 2,040 feet.

Falls on Little Ridge Creek

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Falls on Little Ridge Creek

Three falls on Little Ridge Creek begin above the upper end of Boggs Creek Campground In the Chattahoochee National Forest. To reach the Boggs Creek area follow the directions for Cowrock Falls above. Turn right at the Boggs Creek sign and follow the road through the campground for approximately 1.8 miles and park where Little Ridge Creek (the left fork) and Cowrock Creek join to become Boggs Creek at the ford. From the parking area after crossing a blocking mound walk up the left side of Little Ridge Creek for about 400 yards. After crossing a small creek coming in from the left continue for about another 100 yards (the trail will begin to ascend Little Ridge and then end) and cross Little Ridge Creek and climb about 100 feet to an old logging road. From this point on, the trail follows the creek but at a 30 to 60 foot higher elevation so the creek is not always visible. The creek has almost continuous cascades and water slides as it descends the mountain. Climb up the right side of the creek on the old logging road and reach the first of three falls in about 200 yards. Elevation: 2,040 feet.

Boggs Creek

Boggs Creek flows rather gently through the camping area before cascading along the road entering the camping area. Elevation: 1,800 feet.

Clay Creek Falls

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Clay Creek Falls

Clay Creek Falls is located almost in the city limits of Dahlonega. To reach the falls take GA 52W From Dahlonega for two miles and turn right on Clay Creek Falls Road. After 0.7 miles on this road you will see the falls on the right. The falls is on private property but is easily viewed from the road. Elevation: 1,260 feet.

Dicks Creek Falls

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Dicks Creek Falls

Dicks Creek Falls is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest just below the confluence of the Dicks and Waters Creeks. To reach the falls from Dahlonega Lake US 19N 12.8 miles to the paved Mt. Pisgah Church Road (one-half mile before reaching the junction of US 19 and US 129 at Turners Corner). From Cleveland lake US 129N 10.3 miles to Turners Corner and then go left one-half mile to the Mt. Pisgah Church Road marked by a US Forest Service sign indicating Waters Creek Campground. Turn on to Mt. Pisgah Church Road and go 2.6 miles to the falls which will be on the left. Elevation: 1,740 feet.

Blood Mountain Falls

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Blood Mountain Falls

There are three falls on Blood Mountain Creek. The lower two are connected by cascading rapids in a deep cove a short distance from the road and the upper falls is about 1.5 miles upstream. To reach the lower two falls from Dahlonega go north 12.8 miles on US 19 to the paved Mt. Pisgah Church Road (one-half mile before reaching the junction of US 19 and US 129 at Turners Corner). From Cleveland Lake US 129N 10.3 miles to Turners Corner and then go left on US 19 one-half mile to the Mt. Pisgah Church Road. This road is marked by a US Forest Service sign indicating Waters Creek Campground. Turn on this road and after 2.6 miles pass Dicks Creek Falls which will be on the left. Continue on FS 34 approximately 0.7 miles to the ford across Crow Mountain Creek. Continue for another mile to Blood Mountain Creek which passes under the road from the right. Park here for the lower and middle falls. The unmaintained but well-used trail goes up the left side of the creek and reaches the lower falls about 100 yards from FS 34 and the middle falls in another 50 yards upstream. To reach the upper falls continue on F’S 34 1.4 miles beyond the parking for the lower and middle falls to the closed forest service gate and park here. Continue on foot for about 0.4 miles down to an open field and follow Blood Mountain Creek upstream on a well-defined trail, reaching a field of large boulders in about 0.7 miles. The upper falls is in sight but to reach the bottom of the falls for a good view requires crossing the creek and scrambling up and down the steep slope on the right side of the creek. Elevation: 2,260 feet.

Cane Creek Falls

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Cane Creek Falls

Cane Creek Falls is owned by the Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church and is part of Camp Glisson. The falls is closed to visitors when camp is in session; otherwise, it is open to the public during daylight hours but you must check in at the Visitors Center. Swimming Is not allowed but fishing is allowed on a catch and release basts.To reach the falls from Dahlonega follow Business US 19N/GA 60N for two miles. Turn left at the sign for Camp Glisson and go 0.75 mile to the Visitors Center. If camp is in session it may be closed to visitors. If that is the case you may be able to park at the top of the falls and proceed a few yards to the observation deck overlooking the falls and the pool below. Elevation: 1,220 feet.

High Shoals Falls on Walden Creek

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High Shoals Falls

The falls has about a 20 foot drop and can be reached by traveling north from Dahlonega on Business US 19N/GA 60N for 2 miles to Camp Wahsega Road on the left. Take Camp Wahsega Road 0.8 miles to Black Mountain Road on the right. Follow Black Mountain Road 6.5 miles and turn left on Jack Walker Road. Follow this Road 0.9 miles to Carlton Gooch Road on the left. Go 0.2 miles on Carlton Gooch Road to a closed forest service road on the left. Park here and walk the forest service road approximately 1.2 miles to Walden Creek. The falls is upstream 100 yards. Elevation: 1,961 feet.

Martha Falls on Pigeon Roost Creek

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Martha Falls on Pigeon Roost Creek

To reach the falls go 14 miles north from Dahlonega on GA 60 to Dockery Lake Recreation Area. Martha Falls on Pigeon Roost Creek is accessed on an enjoyable trail through a rhododendron, hemlock and hardwood forest almost to the falls (approximately 1.5 miles but it is difficult to get a good view of the falls. The first mile of the trail begins as the Dockery Lake Trail around the left side of the lake. At the dam follow the left fork of the trail and descend into the Waters Creek Valley with good mountain and valley views. After passing the turnoff to Waters Creek on the right and several small tributaries, the trail begins to ascend along the left side of Pigeon Roost Creek into the Blood Mountain Wilderness Area on an old road bed bounded by moss-covered rocks. The trail soon veers away from Pigeon Roost Creek. Soon after the trail crosses a small tributary, leave the trail and walk through the woods to again be alongside the creek. The falls which is 30-40 feet high may be difficult to see initially because of the thick growth but during periods of high water can be heard, making it easier to find. The trail continues about 1.7 miles to the Appalachian Trail near MIller Gap. Elevation: 2,130 feet.

Bearden Falls

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Bearden Falls

Bearden Falls is in Dawson County in the Chattahoochee National Forest on Bearden Creek, a tributary of Nimblewill Creek. To reach the falls from Dahlonega take GA 52W for eight miles to Nimblewill Church Road on the right. Follow Nimblewill Road for 4.5 miles to the national forest boundary and continue on FS 28-2 for two more miles to where the road begins to climb the side of Frosty Mountain on the way to Nimblewill Gap. Pull off to the right to begin the hike to the falls. Follow Nimblewill Creek and Bearden Creek (the right fork) for approximately 1.5 miles to the falls. There is no designated trail. Elevation: 2,600 feet.

Cochrans Falls

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Cochran Falls

Cochrans Falls cascades approximately 600 feet vertically descending from Frosty Mountain. The largest fall is at the top. After the initial plunge, the falls continues to cascade steeply for about another 150 feet before changing to a series of smaller cascades. To reach the falls go west on GA 52 from Dahlonega 14.5 miles to the second entrance for Wesley Chapel Road just inside Dawson County. Turn right on Wesley Chapel Road and after 0.8 miles turn left on Dan Fowler Road. Go 1.2 miles and turn left on Blackhawk Road. Ford the creek within a few yards. The road parallels a field for the first 100 yards or so before reaching a fork. Take the left fork and ford Cochrans Creek twice in the next 0.6 miles. Continue on this road until you decide to park and walk because of the rough and often muddy road filled with standing water. The total distance to the base of the falls after turning on Blackhawk Road is about two miles. The poorly defined trail which ascends the right side of the falls is treacherous and not recommended. Elevation: 1,900 feet.

Black Falls

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Black Falls

Black Falls is located on the grounds of Camp Frank D. Merrill, home of tile 5th Ranger Training Battalion 12 miles north of Dahlonega. The road which affords access to the falls is gated and often locked and one should check with the Visitors Center before attempting to visit this falls.

To reach Camp Frank D. Merrill, go out of Dahlonega north on Business US 19/GA 60 for 2.2 miles to Camp Wahsega Road and turn left. Follow this road 9.5 miles to the US Army Ranger Camp. Turn left on FS 28-1 just before entering the camp gate. Go 0.4 miles on FS 28-1 to the second right turn at a gated road. Continue through the gate to the granite cliff. The falls will be a few yards upstream from this point. Elevation: 1,670 feet.

West Fork, Montgomery Creek

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West Fork Montgomery Creek

This 20 foot falls on the West Branch of Montgomery Creek can be reached from Dahlonega by following Business US 19/GA 60 for 2.2 miles to Camp Wahsega Road. Turn left on Camp Wahsega Road and go 9.5 miles to the US Army Ranger Camp. Turn left on FS 28-1 just before entering the camp gate. After about 300 yards turn right on SSG Charles B. Cooper Road behind the gym. Ford the Etowah River and reach a fork in the road in about 300 yards. Take the left fork. You should probably park here because the road becomes very narrow from this point on. Follow the left fork for 300 yards to another fork in the road and an area large enough to park and turn around. From this point on follow the right trail on foot which is also used by mountain bikers as part of a loop trail. The trail parallels Montgomery Creek which can be heard but not seen. In about 0.4 miles the trail crosses a small branch and begins to climb. Soon after this point the creek and the falls will be visible on the left. Elevation: 1,680 feet.

Amicalola Falls

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Amicalola Falls

This beautiful waterfall is the centerpiece of one of the most visited parks in the state. As part of the park the remote Len Foote Hike Inn provides an excellent five mile hiking and camping experience with good meals and many of the comforts of home. In addition to its wide range of other activities, the park is the beginning of the eight mile access trail to the southern terminus of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail where most thru hikers begin the hike north in late winter, hoping to complete the hike before ice and snow close the northern terminus of the trail on Mt. Katadyn in October.

Amicalola Falls State Park is located on GA 52 near Dawsonville, Ellijay and Dahlonega. To reach the falls from Dahlonega go west on GA 52 for 17 miles to the state park on the right. The falls is 15 miles from Dawsonville and 19 miles from Ellijay. Elevation: 1,900 feet.

Lower Falls on Disharoon Creek

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Lower Falls on Disharoon Creek

The falls is located in Big Canoe, Georgia, a gated mountain community in Dawson and Pickens Counties. A scenic jeep trail passes near the lower falls on Disharoon Creek. Elevation: 1,820 feet.

Crawford Falls

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Crawford Falls

Crawford Falls is on private property and not open to the public.

Edge of the World Rapids

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Edge of the World Rapids

The name of this falls and rapids on the Amicalola River is because of the view as seen from a canoe as it approaches this Class 4 rapids. It appears that the water falls off the “Edge of the World.”

To reach this falls follow GA 53W from Dawsonville for 6.4 miles to the bridge across the river. Park at either end of the bridge. The trailhead for the Amicalola River Scenic Trail in Dawson Forest is on the Dawsonville side of the bridge. The trail reaches the rapids approximately one-half mile downstream and continues making a 3.5 mile loop back to the trailhead. The first 20 yards as the trail drops down to the river’s edge is on uneven rocks. Beyond that the trail to the falls is fairly flat. Elevation: 1,200 feet.

Long Creek Falls

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Long Creek Falls

Long Creek Falls is located near the Appalachian National Scenic Trail one mile north of the Three Forks area and about six miles north of the southern terminus of the trail at Springer Mountain. Three Forks gets its name in this area because it is the confluence of Long Creek, Chester Creek and Stover Creek to form the Noontootla Creek.

The Three Forks area can be reached from Dahlonega by following GA 52 west approximately eight miles to Nimblewill Church Road on the right. Follow Nimblewill Church Road 2.2 miles to FS 28-1 on the right. Follow FS 28-1 2.1 miles to FS 77 on the left. Follow FS 77 4.6 miles to the intersection with FS 42 at the top of the ridge. Turn right for about 25 yards and then turn left on FS 58 and go 2.7 miles down the other side of the ridge to Three Forks. The Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail cross the Chester Creek on a footbridge near the road. Follow the Appalachian Trail one mile north to a short side trail to Long Creek Falls. The beginning of the Long Creek Falls side trail marks the beginning of the Duncan Ridge Trail and the continuation of the Benton MacKaye Trail as it separates from the Appalachian Trail. Elevation: 2,833 feet.

Little Rock Creek Falls

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Little Rock Creek Falls

To reach this falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest follow GA 60 north from Dahlonega for approximately 27 miles (11 miles past Suches) to Rock Creek Road on the left. Just before reaching this road pass by Cooper Creek Store and then Deep Hole Camping Area on the left. Turn left on Rock Creek Road (FS 69) and continue for 3.5 miles. Little Rock Creek flows beneath the road from the left. Park here and walk up the left side of the creek preferably on the side of the ridge for approximately 0.4 miles to the falls. Elevation: 2,570 feet.

Canada Creek Falls

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Canada Creek Lower Falls

This falls on Canada Creek is on private property and not open to the public. However, Canada Creek has several falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest before reaching private land. To reach the upper part of Canada Creek proceed from Dahlonega on GA 60 north approximately 16 miles and turn left at Tritt’s Store {closed) across from Woody Lake. Then go 1.6 miles and turn right on Canada Creek Road. It is best to have a 4-wheel drive for this part of the trip. Go 2.4 miles to the ford across Canada Creek, passing two concrete silos shortly before reaching the ford. Cross Canada Creek and follow on foot the obscure trail down the right side of the creek. The distance from the ford to the falls is approximately 0.9 miles and requires a lot of scrambling over steep terrain through rhododendron thickets. Elevation: 2,400 feet.

Sea Creek Falls

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Sea Creek Falls

Sea Creek Falls is located in the Cooper Creek area in Fannin County. To reach the falls take GA 60 north from Dahlonega for 26 miles to the second entrance to Cooper Creek Road at the Cooper Creek Store. Turn right and go three miles to FS 264 on the left. Turn on FS 264 and go 0.1 miles to blocking mounds and park. FS 264 Inay be rough with several water holes. The falls is another 0.25 miles on the closed road. For a good view of the falls some wading may be required or scrambling to get a view of the larger top tier of the falls from above. Elevation: 2,220 feet.

Julia Anna Falls

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Julia Anna Falls

To reach the falls from Ellijay turn left on Turniptown Road 1.5 miles east of Ellijay all GA 52E. After 3.7 miles reach Walnut Mountain subdivision and continue on Turniptown Road 2.4 miles first on paved road and then on gravel road before reaching the first of two fords. The road ends at a gate four miles after leaving the Walnut Mountain subdivision. Park the vehicle in a turn around at the right. The trail to the falls is about two miles gaining approximately 900 feet elevation. Wade Turniptown Creek just past the gate and continue on the old logging road up the left side of the creek. The first 0.3 miles will be on private land before entering the Rich Mountain Wilderness Area so take care to gain permission to walk through the property. The logging road crosses the creek twice more as it continues along the creek. It is best to stay on the left side of the creek and join the logging road soon after crossing Aaron Creek which joins Turniptown Creek from the left at 0.6 miles. The logging road will follow the creek and after a steep incline will leave the creek for a while. Continue up the mountain and after crossing a ridge the falls will be clearly visible on the right. The trail is heavily grown up in places and sometimes difficult to follow in the summer. Elevation:2,820 feet.

Falls Branch Falls

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Falls Branch Falls upper falls

Falls Branch Falls is a double falls approximately 11 miles from Blue Ridge. From Blue Ridge take Aska Road eight miles to Stanley Creek Road. Turn right on Stanley Creek Road. Follow Stanley Creek Road (the Benton Mackaye Trail follows this also) for 3.1 miles to where the Benton Mackaye turns into the woods on the right marked by a double diamond on a tree beside the road. Park and follow the trail up the creek 0.25 miles to an observation deck at the lower falls. Elevation: 2,230 feet.

Long Swamp Creek Falls

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Falls on Long Swamp Creek

Long Swamp Creek Falls is on private property.

Falls on Barnes Creek

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Falls on Barnes Creek

The falls is located on the edge of the Cohutta Wilderness in Gilmer County at the Barnes Creek Picnic Area. To reach the falls from Ellijay take GA 52W five miles and turn light on Gates Chapel Road. Continue on Gates Chapel Road five miles to FS 90. Turn on FS 90 for 1.6 miles to FS 68 following signs to Conasauga Lake. Follow FS 68 1.2 miles to Barnes Creek Falls and picnic area. Elevation: 2,460 feet.

Falls on Mill Creek

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Falls on Mill Creek

To reach the falls from Crandall turn east on Grassy Street and after crossing the railroad tracks turn right on Crandall/Ellijay Highway and almost immediately turn left onto Mill Creek Road which becomes FS 630. The pavement ends in 0.6 miles. Follow FS 630 four miles to Hickey Gap and veer down to the right to the camping area and Mill Creek. Park and walk down Mill Creek a short distance to the long cascading double falls. Continue downstream for 0.5 miles to the larger falls. Elevation: 1,600 feet.

Jack’s River Falls

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Jacks River Falls

Jack’s River Falls is located in the Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Jack’s River 24 miles north of Chatsworth. To reach the falls proceed north out of Chatsworth on US 411 for 13 miles to Cisco. Turn right on Old GA 2 Road. Continue on this road (pavement ends about 1.8 miles) 10 miles to FS 62 on the right at Big Frog Loop Road sign. Turn right on FS 62 and continue 4.4 miles to Jack’s River Trailhead. The trail to the falls is 3.5 miles of moderately easy walking on an old railroad bed. After reaching the river follow it downstream 0.5 miles to the falls. Elevation: 1,500 feet.

Falls on Jigger Creek

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Falls on Jigger Creek

The falls on Jigger Creek is in the Cohutta Wilderness Area. To reach the trailhead to falls proceed north out of Chatsworth, Georgia, on US 411 for 13 miles to Cisco. Turn right on Old GA 2 Road. Continue on this road (pavement ends about 1.8 miles} for eight miles and turn light on FS 51 about 300 yards after crossing over the Conasauga River. After 1.4 miles turn right on a logging road and within a few yards park after fording Jigger Creek. The falls is downstream. Follow an old logging road downstream about 0.3 miles. Just as the trail makes a sharp left leave the trail and scramble down to the creek on the right. Cross Jigger Creek and continue downstream to reach the falls in a few hundred yards. Elevation: 1,180 feet.

Keown Falls

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Keown Falls

Keown Falls is located in the Keown Falls Scenic Area in the northwest part of the state near Villanow and LaFayette. To reach the falls from Villanow go south on GA 136 0.3 miles and turn right on Pocket Road. Follow Pocket Road five miles and turn off on the right leading to the falls trailhead. The 1.8 mile trail leads to an observation deck overlooking the falls which flows over a wide overhanging cliff. There is little water flow during dry periods. Elevation: 1,410 feet.

Glen Falls

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Glen Falls

Glen Falls is located in Walker County, Georgia, just outside Chattanooga, Tennessee, and barely in Georgia. Glen Falls is made up of a series of small falls through the rocks and boulders of Lookout Mountain and the falls and trail are maintained by the National Park Service. To reach the falls from Chattanooga take Ochs Highway and as it begins to climb Lookout Mountain watch for Sanders Road. After Sanders Road comes in from the right (sign to Ruby Falls), there is a pull-off to the left in about 200 yards. This Is the parking area for the trail. The trail to the falls as indicated by the sign at the trailhead is 0.4 miles one-way. Elevation: 1,370 feet.

Lula Lake and Falls

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Lula Lake and Falls

The Lula Lake Land Trust (lulalake.org) maintains a portion of the land in the extreme northwest corner of Georgia on Lookout Mountain. Rock Creek which flows through the area has two outstanding falls. The first falls is the smaller of the two and flows into Lula Lake. The area is open to the public on the first and last Saturdays of each month of the year. The one mile level trail from the parking area to the falls and lake is graveled and follows an old railroad bed which years ago was used to haul coal. Elevation: 1,280 feet.

To reach Lula Lake and Falls from Dalton, Georgia, go north on 1-75 about 14 miles to GA 2. Continue west on GA 2 approximately 10 miles to GA 193. Go left on GA 193 approximately 2.5 miles to Nick-A-Jack Road on the right at a right turning lane. Turn right on Nick-A-Jack Road continuing up Lookout Mountain to a T-intersection. Turn right and go 1.9 miles continuing straight where GA 157 turns off to the left. At 1.9 miles turn light onto a gravel road which Is the entrance to the land trust.

Lula Falls

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Lula Falls

Below Lula Lake about 100 yards is a second larger falls which can be viewed from the trail or from the bottom by scrambling down a rocky trail.

The area has several trails. one of which goes to the top of Lookout Mountain which is only about 200 feet elevation above the trail along Rock Creek and the falls. The vista overlooks the Chattanooga Valley. Elevation: 1,270 feet.

Falls 1 in Cloudland Canyon State Park

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Falls 1 on Daniel Creek

Cloudland Canyon State Park is in the extreme northwest corner of Georgia, carved out of the Cumberland Plateau on Lookout Mountain. This spectacular 1000 foot deep canyon has two excellent waterfalls on Daniel Creek. The falls are best when visited during periods of good rainfalls. Falls 1 is located on a moderately strenuous well maintained trail 0.3 miles from the canyon rlm. Elevation:1,760 feet.

Cloudland Canyon State Park is located 18 miles west of LaFayette. Georgia, on GA 136.

Falls 2 in Cloudland Canyon State Park

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Falls 2 on Daniel Creek

Falls 2 on Daniel Creek is located on a moderately strenuous trail 0.6 miles from the canyon rim and 0.3 miles past Falls 1. After visiting Falls 1 backtrack a short distance and continue to the observation deck for Falls 2. Elevation: 1,760 feet.

Cloudland Canyon State Park is located 18 miles west of Lafayette, Georgia, on GA 136.

About the Author

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Jack Anthony

John D. (Jack) Anthony is a native of Dahlonega, Georgia, and a graduate of North Georgia College. As a young teenager, Jack spend much of his time playing in the streams around his hometown. Cane Creek Falls was three mile walk from town and was where most of that time was spent with friends, sliding down the falls and swimming in the pool below. That type of activity is no longer allowed, but Cane Creek Falls as well as the other waterfalls in north Georgia are still fun to visit. In summer you can wet your feet, relax in the cool mist and enjoy the roar of the waterfalls with the other sounds of nature.

Growing up with waterfalls and streams as his playground nurtured a lifetime love for the mountains of north Georgia, inspiring Jack to capture these wonders of nature in photographic images.

His first book, Dahlonega, A Special Place, published in 2000 is a photographic book of scenes of the area around Dahlonega. Jack is a member of the North Georgia Photographic Society, the Atlanta Photography Group, Dahlonega Arts Council, Dawson County Arts Council and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

Collectors editions of Waterfalls of North Georgia are available on Amazon.

 

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