Georgia and the Atlanta area are full of hiking trails for all skill levels. Waterfalls are also in abundance and many are accessible via a hike. Be adventurous! Pick a weekend, grab your sneakers, a water bottle, and choose one or more of the below waterfalls and hikes to add some spice to your weekend!
***Georgia State Parks are now enforcing that no large crowds are allowed in the parks, and visitors must stay at least 6 feet away from others in all areas. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is currently using a small, remote portion of Hard Labor State Park as a COVID-19 patient quarantine site. For details, visit the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites alerts page: https://gastateparks.org/Alerts
Amicalola Falls at Amicalola Falls State Park which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the state. Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. When you’re ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.
Tallulah Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park is a series of six falls cascading through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge. Snap a photo of your view from the suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the gorge floor. An easily accessible pathway leads to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Anna Ruby Falls, formed by Curtis and York creeks, are local favorites in Helen. Hike the easy-to-moderate half-mile trail from the parking lot to the foot of the falls, and you just might agree.
Angel Falls Trail in Rabun offers two waterfall gems. Hike about a half-mile to view Panther Creek Falls and then continue on, passing by rhododendron, mountain laurel and American holly, to Angel Falls. Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton is yet another hike that rewards your effort with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls. To see Raven Cliff Falls, near Helen, is about a five-mile round-trip hike. Savor the beautiful views of Dodd Creek as you make your way to the 90-foot drop of the main attraction.
The 100-foot, stair-stepping falls of Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls inspire many a photo op, particularly in spring when the surrounding forest puts on a display of blooms. DeSoto Falls, near Cleveland, is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. It’s located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. If you’re visiting Vogel State Park, make a pit stop at Helton Creek Falls, to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.
Also, the Vickery Creek Trail (also known as Big Creek) in Roswell is a pretty 2-mile hike with a beautiful waterfall. The hike starts just off Riverside Road in Roswell, climbs over a series of short ridges and then descends to a man-made waterfall that was once the site of an old mill. The Vickery Creek Trail explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest on the banks of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, near Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile Vickery Creek trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff. The hike crosses a wood bridge at 2.5 miles, the sound of falling water echoing through the forest. The hike visits the southern bank of the Roswell Mill waterfall from a tall bluff alongside its rushing, tumbling waters. The hike reaches a covered bridge at 3 miles. The view from the bridge upstream is beautiful, as Vickery Creek cascades over a rock creek bed. Reaching the end of the covered bridge, the hike hangs a right, following the trail eastbound and passing a historic brick machine shop. The trail reaches the ruins of the old Roswell Mill, looping around the mill, the old rusted mill chase, and catching an up-close view of the dam waterfall and spillway waterfall from Vickery Creek’s northern bank.
Kennessaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Explore the mountain’s Civil War history, climb to stunning summit views, and explore a rolling, rocky forest on more than fifteen miles of the mountain’s best trails.
Atlanta Parent is also a great resource for kid-friendly hikes as well. Here is the link! Panola Mountian State Park, Black Rock State Park, Chattahoochee Bend State Park and more!
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