Georgia is known for its southern hospitality and peaches, but one thing that distinguishes the Southeastern state is also its beautiful natural scenery and plenty of opportunities to hike through waterfalls. In fact, you don’t have to look far for a spectacular waterfall in Georgia.
So, why don’t you go for the perfect, Georgian hike, and soak up the natural beauty of our gorgeous Peach State. TLC were formed in Atlanta, so let’s stick to the rivers and lakes that we’re used to, and head to one of these breathtaking waterfalls in Georgia.
1. Amicalola Falls
Located in Northeast Dawsonville, Georgia, the 729 ft Amicalola Falls will blow you away. It is the highest waterfall in Georgia and is considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the state. There are short hikes for beginners and not so outdoorsy people or more advanced routes up to 2.1 miles, all boasting beautiful waterfalls throughout.
Amicalola is Cherokee for “tumbling waters” and rightly so, because the falls are the essence of the Amicalola Falls State Park. The third-highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River also has a number of bridges that will allow you to walk over a rushing creek, get up-close and a little wet from this breathtaking Georgian gem.
2. Long Creek Falls
Nestled on the famous Appalachian Trail are several waterfalls called the Long Creek Falls. This lush creek valley is an incredible hiking spot with plenty of places to pause to stop, rest, eat, and soak up the beauty of Georgia. Additionally, it is accessible from the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Duncan Ridge Trail. You can depart from a trailhead on Forest Road 58 and the total circuit is just under 2 miles, so it can be enjoyable for the whole family without the kids getting too tired.
📍 Three Forks
3. Jacks River Falls
For super fresh water, stunning scenes, and dancing water, head to Jack River Falls. Located in the Cohutta Wilderness Area, you’re going to want to spend the entire day exploring this place! The majestic Jacks River descends over a ridged cliff that then falls into a deep pool below.
If you’re not an avid hiker, you can start the Beech Bottom Trail to get to the Jacks River Falls and discover the lush and remote forest filled with springtime wildflowers. What’s more, the trail crosses a small creek at 1 mile and it’s particularly beautiful in the spring when the wild roses and mountain laurel bloom.
4. Vickery Creek Trail
One of Atlanta’s favorite hiking spots that follows the Chattahoochee River, managed by the National Park Service. If you live in Roswell, it’s definitely a must-visit. Highlights include the man-made waterfall from the Big Creek Mill and the historic Roswell Mill ruins that add a unique element to the whole experience, as you explore the remnants of the old mill structures that date back to the mid-1800s.
Markedly, the trail is popular among photographers and nature enthusiasts, where you can take in stunning views of the creek and the surrounding landscapes. Make sure you take your swimsuit if the weather is calling for a dip.
5. Helton Creek Falls
Yet another spectacular waterfall in Georgia, this Union County gem in the northern part of the state, in Blairsville is absolutely breathtaking. The falls are part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, consisting of two separate cascades, each offering its own distinct charm. The Upper Helton Creek Falls plunges approximately 50 feet over a rocky outcrop, whereas The Lower Helton cascades about 30 feet.
Set in a mossy valley, the trail to the falls is pretty short, making it family-friendly and the perfect place to cool off in the summer months. It begins at a trailhead south of Vogel State Park and reaches the upper waterfall platform at just over 0.3 mile.
📍 Chattahoochee National Forest
6. Raven Cliff Falls
You’re going to need to take a five mile round-trip hike to see the spectacular Raven Cliff Falls. It’s full of amazing cascades, but the main waterfall is 40-feet-high, and at the top there’s stunning views of Georgia’s natural beauty. What sets Raven Cliff Falls apart form many others is the stunning backdrop of towering cliffs that surround the waterfall, creating a picturesque and awe-inspiring scene.
To reach it, the trail starts at a gravel trailhead near Helen, winds into a lush forest and follows a bubbling creek, while offering occasional glimpses of smaller waterfalls along the way. Raven Cliff Falls is one of the most popular hiking trails in Georgia and rightly so—the surrounding forest is so enchanting, you’ll think it’s magic.
7. Anna Ruby Falls
Another addition from Helen, but can you blame us? Formed by the convergence of two separate creeks, the Curtis and York creeks, Anna Ruby Falls is a lot easier to access compared to Raven Cliff, and just as beautiful! The two streams join together to create a mesmerizing double waterfall, where the water cascades approximately 150 feet down a rocky cliff.
But how do you reach Anna Ruby Falls? The hike begins outside Unicoi State Park at the park’s visitor’s center. First, take a paved, family-friendly trail that winds through a green and mossy forest. And while you’re at it, take a short walk on the Lion’s Eye Trail, a 0.1-mile out-and-backtrail. The hike is relatively short and well-maintained, making it suitable for hikers of all ages and abilities.
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