The 10 Best Waterfalls in Georgia
Georgia isn’t just known for its peaches. The state is also full of beautiful natural landscapes that are well worth visiting. In fact, Georgia’s waterfalls are among some of the prettiest in the USA.
Best Waterfalls in Georgia
1. Helton Creek Falls
Located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, the Helton Creek Falls are a spectacle that will make you forget all about the city.
While you might expect such a waterfall to be found deep within the forest, you’d be surprised to find that it’s just a short 0.2-mile hike on an easy path suited for all sorts of hikers.
The falls are also open all year, which is great for people who don’t want to be forced to limit when they travel.
Visitors can also take a self-guided tour and don’t need a park pass to visit.
2. Cherokee Falls
If you’re in the mood to admire some natural beauty but you’re intimidated by long hikes, Cherokee Falls is the perfect compromise.
Reachable with just a 0.3-mile walk, even the most inexperienced hiker of any age will be able to tackle the easy and meandering trail to get there.
The falls themselves are an impressive 60 foot tall and cascade into beautifully clear water.
Even during the state’s dry seasons, it’s still a beautiful site. However, it’s truly remarkable after it rains when the falls really thunder with added water.
3. Jacks River Falls
Jacks River Falls is the main attraction in the Cohutta Wilderness. However, even though it’s the most popular area in the park, you won’t feel overcrowded.
The hike to reach the falls is beautiful as well, making the journey almost as good as the destination.
The best part is the trail is considered family-friendly and good for all ages and all levels of hiking experience.
Since it’s so popular, the park can fill up. Locals recommend you head out on your hike early in the morning or in the mid-late afternoon to avoid peak crowds.
4. Amicalola Falls
The Amicalola Falls is the namesake of the Amicalola Falls State Park nestled in Dawsonville, Georgia, and it’s easy to see why.
Just a 1-mile walk brings you to the top of the falls, where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the water crashing down below.
The trail to get to the falls is considered moderately strenuous, so that should be taken into consideration if you plan to visit with children or people who aren’t used to hiking.
However, the trail itself is fairly short, which can offset some of its difficulty.
5. Toccoa Falls
Just east of the Mississippi, you’ll find Toccoa Falls, which gives the Toccoa Falls college its name.
Amateur hikers and those just looking for a relaxing day in the great outdoors will be happy to hear that to see the falls, all it takes is a 0.4-mile easy trek.
Even on busy days, the hike is still a peaceful one.
While the average hiker can complete the trail in 8-minutes, there’s no rush. You can take your time enjoying the natural beauty of the trail and even take in a little bird watching along the way.
6. Becky Branch Falls
Becky Branch Falls is one of the main focal points of the Warwoman Dell Trail near Clayton, Georgia.
The trail itself is around 0.3 miles long, with the exact length varying depending on your starting point.
However, despite its short length, this isn’t considered an easy hike. There are multiple steep areas that can make it strenuous for unprepared visitors.
The view of the 20-foot falls at the end is well worth the work it takes to get there, though.
You’ll forget all about how tired you might be when you see the cascading waters.
7. Anna Ruby Falls
With its rhythmic sound of water cascading, the Anna Ruby Falls has become the beating heart of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.
What sets Anna Ruby apart from other falls in the state is the fact that it offers visitors double the beauty thanks to its twin cascades.
They’re also some of the tallest waterfalls in Georgia, measuring an impressive 150 feet.
The trail from the visitor’s center to the falls is only 0.5-miles, and it’s completely paved, making it accessible to almost any visitor no matter their hiking level.
8. Caledonia Cascade
If you haven’t heard of the Caledonia Cascade, you may have heard its other moniker Cascade Falls.
It’s a 600-foot waterfall that thunders near the town of Tallulah Falls.
Though the stream where the falls get its water is unnamed, the cascade falls into the Tallulah Gorge.
Due to its impressive height, the hike to see the falls is considered very strenuous, especially for many casual hikers. So it’s not recommended to families or the weak at heart.
However, if you do decide to face the trail, the view of the falls is certainly breathtaking.
9. Raven Cliff Falls
If you’re looking for an outdoor excursion that you can go on with even the furry members of your family, Raven Cliff Falls is a perfect choice.
Both family and dog-friendly, you can take your pet on the Raven Cliff Trailhead.
Though the Raven Cliff Falls is the obvious focal point of the path, since it’s what lends its name to the trails, there are multiple streams and water cascades you can admire along the way.
However, the trail itself is considered moderately challenging, so be prepared for some steep and strenuous areas.
10. Desoto Falls
An easy 1.3-mile hike is all it takes to reach the DeSoto Falls in Dahlonega, Georgia.
The roughly 40-minutes it takes to reach the falls will go by in a flash as you take in the creeks and greenery you’ll be walking past and adventuring through to get to your final destination.
The falls themselves are made up of 2 cascades that give the forest an almost magical quality.
Since the hike is considered an easy one, you can take the whole family without worrying too much about the trail becoming too difficult.
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