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Waterfalls of the Northeast Georgia Mountains

3 May 2017 No Comment

Amicolola Falls

The highest waterfall in Georgia, falling 729 feet in seven cascades. At the base of the falls, there is a parking area, a reflection pool, and 3/10-mile paved trail leading to an observation deck at the top of the falls.

Directions: from Dahlonega, Amicalola State Park’s entrance is on GA Highway 52, east of Ellijay or west of Dahlonega.

Anna Ruby Falls

Curtis Creek falls 153 feet and York Creek drops 50 feet down the slopes of Tray Mountain in twin waterfalls. The very steep 4/10 mile Anna Ruby Falls Trail is paved and has benches along the trail for sitting or resting while enjoying the beauty of the area.
Directions: from Helen, take GA 75 North one mile. Right on GA 356 for 1.5 miles, left on the entrance road to the falls.

DeSoto Falls

Three falls along a 3 mile section of the DeSoto Falls Trail are maintained for the Hiker’s viewing convenience, and are designated as the lower (cascading 20 feet), the middle (falls about 80 feet) and the upper (about 200 feet) DeSoto Falls.
Directions: From Dahlonega travel north on US 19 for 13.5 miles to Turners Corner. At this intersection, turn left and proceed on US 129 for 4.2 miles. Shortly after the Walasi-yi Center is a left turn for the park.

Dukes Creek Falls

A well-designed trail winds its way into Dukes Creek Gorge, ending at the base of the falls which drop about 150 feet down sheer granite canyon into Dukes Creek,
Directions: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 1.5 miles. Turn left on GA 356 (75 Alternate) for 2.3 miles to the Richard Russell Scenic Highway. Turn right, go 2 miles to Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area.

Mill Creek Falls

The first waterfall drops about 150 feet into Mill Creek. The second plunges another 150 feet, into a series of rapids through the Mill Creek Gorge.
Directions: from Hiawassee, take U.S. 76 east, go right on Hwy. 75 for 3.5 miles, left on Mill Creek Rd (FSR 26) for 2.5 miles.

Angel-Panther Falls

The trail parallels the west side of Joe Branch. You will come to Panther Falls after hiking .6-miles. To reach Angel Falls, hike another .3-miles.
Directions: Clayton/Rabun County Area: From Clayton, take U.S. 441/23 south for 7 miles. Turn right on unnumbered country road for .1 mile, then turn left on GA Hwy. 15 for 2 miles. Turn right on County Road 10 for five miles. Enter Rabun Beach Campground #2 entrance, go .2 mile to parking area on right. Trailhead is 80 feet to the north.

Becky Branch Falls

This 20-foot cascade is located just five minutes from downtown Clayton and is easily accessible.
Directions: Clayton/Rabun County Area: From Clayton, drive east on Warwoman Road for 2.8 miles and park on the left side of the road. Walk up the right side of the branch on the trail for about 200 yards to a bridge at the base of the falls.

Dick’s Creek Falls

This waterfall is about 60 feet high and makes a sheer drop over a granet mound into the Chattooga River.
Directions: From Clayton, drive east on Warwoman Road to the Junction of Dick’s Creek Road (or Sand Ford Road).  Go .5 mile, then take a left across the creek.  Go 3.5 miles and cross the second ford, and park at Bartram Trail Sign.  Follow the trail north to Dick’s Creek.  Follow the creek to viewing area at the top of the falls.

Estatoah Falls

Estatoah Falls is a large, open waterfall that may be viewed from the highway.
Directions: It is about 1/2 mile beyond Dillard.  Turn right on Highlands/Sky Valley Road (GA 246).  Start looking for the falls on the right after 1 mile.  There is a pull-out vantage point near the falls about 1 mile up the mountain.

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