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NE Georgia Waterfalls


The mountains of NE Georgia contain some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the United States. From small shoals to 30 ft drops, the NE Georgia Waterfalls allow you to relax with the sound of the rushing water and gaze at their surrounding beauty. These are some of the waterfalls in the area near Heaven's Landing:


Amicalola Falls:

Amicalola is a Cherokee word meaning "tumbling waters." Located within Amicalola Falls State Park, these beautiful falls slide and plunge 729 feet in seven cascades, making it the highest waterfall in Georgia. At the base of the falls, there is a parking area, a reflection pool, and .3-mile paved trail leading to an observation deck that crosses the top of the falls.
Dawsonville/Dahlonega Area:  The park's entrance is on GA Highway 52, east of Ellijay or west of Dahlonega. 

Ammons Creek Falls:

Located on Holcolmb Creek on the trail of the same name, this picturesque waterfall drops and shoals for about 150 feet.
Directions:  Take Warwoman Road east of Clayton for 10 miles.   Turn left on Hale Ridge Road for 9 miles.  Park east of the intersection about 1/3 mile to Holcomb and another 1/4 mile to Ammons Falls.


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.
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


Anna Ruby Falls:

Two creeks, Curtis and York, climax their run down the steep slopes of Tray Mountain in twin waterfalls. Curtis Creek falls 153 feet and York drops 50 feet. Although the .4-mile Anna Ruby Falls Trail is paved, it is very steep. Benches are located along the trail for those that want to sit and rest or just enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.
Helen/Hiawassee Area:  Take GA 75 North from Helen for one mile. Turn right on GA 356 for 1.5 miles, then go left on the entrance road to the falls.


Becky Branch Falls:

This 20-foot cascade is located just five minutes from downtown Clayton and is easily accessible.
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.


DeSoto Falls:

There are five beautiful falls along the three-mile section of the DeSoto Falls Trail located in the 650-acre recreation area.  Three of these falls are maintained for the hiker's viewing convenience, and are designated as the lower, middle and upper DeSoto Falls.   The lower falls cascade 20 feet. The middle, and most scenic, drop 80 feet. Water from the upper falls rushes down a granite rock incline for almost 200 feet and may be viewed from the flat, granite formation which overlooks the falls.
Blairsville/Cleveland Area:  From Cleveland, take U.S. 129 north 15 miles to DeSoto Falls Recreation Area.


Blood Mountain Falls and Falls on Waters Creek:

This beautiful waterfall is located on Blood Mountain Stream.  The stream flows almost 20 feet through a rock cut, creating a churning sluice of water. 
Blairsville/Cleveland Area:  From U.S. 19/129 (Turners Corner), go west on U.S. 19 for approximately 1/2 mile to Waters Creek Recreation Area.  Turn right and travel approximately 2.8 miles and park in the lot to the right. Across the road is a path to the viewing area.


Dick's Creek Falls:

This waterfall is about 60 feet high and makes a sheer drop over a granite mound into the Chattooga River.
Clayton/Rabun County Area:  From Clayton, drive east on Warwoman Road. Turn right on Dick's Creek Road (or Sand Ford Road).  Go .5-mile, then take a left across the creek.  Go 3.5 miles, 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


Dukes Creek Falls:

The Dukes Creek Trail, .8-miles in length, winds its way into Dukes Creek Gorge where it dead ends across from the 300-foot Dukes Creek Falls. This area also offers excellent gold panning opportunities.
Helen/Hiawassee Area:  Take GA 75 north from Helen for 1.5 miles. Turn left on GA 356 (Alternate 75) and go 2.3 miles to the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway.  Turn right and go two miles to the Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area.


Helton Creek Falls:

Helton Creek Falls Trail, .3-mile in length, follows Helton Creek to two waterfalls. The trail accesses the lower falls at both the bottom and top of the falls and ends at the bottom of the upper falls.
Blairsville/Cleveland Area:  From Blairsville, take U.S. 129 south for 11 miles. Turn left on the first gravel road past the entrance to Vogel State Park. Go 2.2 miles to a small pullout parking area. Trailhead will be on the right


High Shoals Falls:

A succession of five waterfalls graces this 170-acre scenic area. These falls have an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet.
Helen/Hiawassee Area:  Take GA 75 north from Helen for 11.4 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 283 at the High Shoals sign. Go 1.5 miles on this road to the High Shoals Scenic Area.


Horse Trough Falls:

A succession of five waterfalls graces this 170-acre scenic area. These falls have an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet.
Helen/Hiawassee Area: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 11.4 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 283 at the High Shoals sign. Go 1.5 miles on this road to the High Shoals Scenic Area.


Martin Creek Falls:

This two-tier waterfall is 35 feet high with aquatic plants covering the weeping rock wall on the left.  This 20-minute walk (.5 mile) follows the Bartram Trail along the west side of the creek.
Clayton/Rabun County Area:  From Clayton, go east on Warwoman Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 152, and drive past the Game Checking Station.   The park drive is .5-mile.  Park in a small cleared camping area on the left bend in the road.  Walk west from the camping area.  Cross Martin Creek, then travel uphill for about .4 mile to the top of the falls.


Mill Creek Falls:

The waterfall on Ground Hog Branch drops about 150 feet where it combines with the main Mill Creek.  The combined streams plunge another estimated 150 feet, ending in a series of rapids which cascade down the Mill Creek Gorge.
Helen/Hiawassee Area:  From Hiawassee, take U.S. 76 east.  Turn right on GA Hwy. 75 and travel 3.5 miles.  Turn left on Mill Creek Road (Forest Service Road 26) for 2.5 miles.  The road crosses Mill Creek 1.5 miles from pavement.  Park at the camping area on the right. Hike through the primitive camping area and follow the west side of Mill Creek downstream.


Minnehaha Falls:

The Minnehaha Trail, .4-mile in length, follows Fall Branch until it dead ends at Minnehaha Falls. This waterfall is approximately 100 feet high (falling and shoaling).
Clayton/Rabun County Area:  Take U.S. 23/441 north from Tallulah Falls for three miles to the Rabun Beach Recreation Area sign.  Turn left onto Old 441.  Go 2.5 miles and take a left on Lake Rabun Road.  Go 1 mile past Recreation area.  Take a left on Low Gap Road.  Follow Bear Gap road which forks to the left.  Go 1.5 miles to the sign marking the trail on the right side of the road.


Mud Creek Falls:

Also known as "Little Estatoah", the falls have vertical drop of 100 feet and flow into Estatoah Falls in Dillard.
Clayton/Rabun County Area:  Take Highway 441 north to Dillard.  Turn right on GA Highway 246 and follow signs to Sky Valley.  At Sky Valley's entrance gate, turn left.  Turn right on Tahoe Road and follow to the falls.


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