What this is all about

I like to hike, and I belong to a womens hiking group called "TrailDames" - one of our hikes took us to a waterfall just over the border in South Carolina. This got me interested in finding waterfalls nearby and earlier this year I found a website with directions and photos of waterfalls in North Georgia at (see links for TrailDames & North Georgia Waterfalls below)

Mr. Anthony's site has lovely photos of well over 100 waterfalls in North Georgia and I got interested in seeing them. As the weather got hotter through the summer I concentrated on shorter hikes to falls, and falls that were visible from the road. Then, as it started to get cooler again, I started doing longer hikes. It turned out to be far more fun than I expected it to be, and to my surprise - when I added them up - I had been to over 100 myself!

So I decided to make a record of them and of what it's like to visit them, in case anyone else is interested in seeing them too. I will be adding photos and directions, trail conditions, etc. in the future. As I "redo" falls I will update the page that already exists for them, instead of creating a new page every time. Keeping with the format of this blog site, I will put new information at the top of each existing page.

I won't be putting road mileages on the directions, I strongly urge you to compare my directions to a good map so you can see the distances for yourself. I'm not very good at guessing distances, so if I can find a trail length I will use that. If I'm guessing, I'll put a question mark so you'll know!

My apologies for the "watermarks" on the photos, but I have had...and know other people who have had...photos stolen off the net. The watermarks are to ensure that they can't be reused without being identified as mine.

I got a good GPS unit and I'll slowly be putting GPS coordinates for the falls, when I can. If I can get close to the falls the GPS will be for the falls. Otherwise, it will be for where you can see them most easily.

Nov 2012: I got a new PC and now that I can actually get things done (!) I'm going to rearrange the way the falls are listed. I'm going to list them separately, instead of grouping them by the day I saw them. The only ones I'll group are the ones that are on the same creek, or very close - like on the same road.

I've completed rearranging the posts. Hopefully this will help make the falls easier to find. I also found my count was WAY off, so I've updated the total too.

Jan 2013 - I just got a video camera, so I'll be adding short videos of the falls as I am able to get back to them. They might be a bit shakey at first, but hopefully I'll get better as I get used to using it!

Total Falls

Total waterfalls as of 4/20/2014: 487
Total videos as of 4/20/2014: 138

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ward Creek falls (2 falls)

2/22/2014 - went to scout the Forest Service road to Long Creek Falls, and since I was more or less in the area I went to get a videos of Ward Creek Falls.  My knees are doing better, but are still not well and I wasn't ready to try to get down and do the lower falls, but at least I did get the falls by the road.

As Mr. Anthony says, this falls (the upper falls) looks bigger in photos than it actually is. It's pretty easy to see from the Forest Service road, in the winter and fall, but in spring and summer it's easy to miss if you don't know where it is.

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Directions and Information: from Dahlonega, GA
  • north on US 19 bypass
  • left on Camp Wahsega Rd
  • at Camp Merrill - right on gravel road (FS 80/Coopers Gap Rd)
  • at top of mountain, right on Forest Service road 42 (FS 42)
  • falls are 1 mile on left
Note: Camp Wahsega Rd is blocked, at the end, alternately right & left by traffic dividers - to protect the entrance to the camp. Just go around them and then right on the gravel road. Watch your odometer after you turn onto FS 42, the falls might be hard to see in spring & summer

Long Creek Falls (6 falls)

3/22/2014 - took a small Meetup group to see these falls, and took off and forgot my tripod!  So I couldn't really get good videos.  Will have to go back.  I was able to hold the camera steady against a tree for Long Creek Falls, so at least i got that one.

2/23/2012 - took some TrailDames to see Long Creek Falls.  Got pictures of some of the other falls too.  FINALLY getting around to getting the photos updated!

Heck...on posting the new photos, it looks like I missed a couple that last time I was there.  Looks like I'll have to go back yet again and pay more attention.

5/28/2011 - went back to Long Creek Falls so my sister could see the falls, and to get pictures and GPS points.  Also got some pictures of other falls downstream of Long Creek Falls.  From the sound of it, there might be as many as 5 or 6 other falls, but you can't see some of them...and the ones you can see are pretty distant from the trail   Sometimes all you can see is just a glimpse of the moving water.  I got the best pictures I could of the ones that you can see, but of course the view is much better when you are there!

There is at least one other falls that has a side trail to it, but I had been down to it before and couldn't get a good shot, and this time I thought I could get the same falls from further down.  That turned out to be wrong and I didn't have time to climb back up and get what I could, so I'll have to go back again one day and get it!

The falls #2 is actually the bottom of a 3 part falls, but the bottom was the only part that would really photograph even close to well.

9/18/2010 This falls is just off the Appalachian Trail a few miles from the start at Springer Mountain, but there is a Forest Service road that is closer and the hike from there - at the Three Forks area - is about a mile.  Being a mountain trail it's on the steep side, but not too difficult. 

From the parking at this point, Mr. Anthony says "Follow the Appalachian trail 1 mile north to a short side trail to Long Creek Falls" but if you aren't good at directions, like me, it's not as clear as it could be!  You cross the road away from the bridge over the creek and start uphill there.  There's a sign that mentions the falls, but you don't see it until you're away from the road.  When you get near the falls, there's a sign for them.

I found another website that mentions several other falls on the way up and I did see the side trails they mentioned, and even tried one...but they are steep and not maintained and since I was alone, I didn't push my luck on them.  I want to try them again when I have some company.

GPS: 34°40'2"N 84°10'39"W
GPS: 34°40'1"N 84°10'35"W
GPS: 34°40'1"N 84°10'33"W
GPS: 34°40'1"N 84°10'27"W
GPS: 34°40'2"N 84°10'23"W



These 2 photos are both Long Creek Falls.  The first makes it look like the 2 sections are closer to each other than they are, so I included the 2nd just to show a better overall view.
GPS: 34°40'3"N 84°10'14"W


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http://www.jjanthony.com/waterfalls/falls/longcreekfalls.html
Directions and Information: from East Ellijay, GA
  • go east on GA 52
  • turn left on Roy Rd (drive carefully, there is a sharp curve on this road)
  • turn right on Doublehead Gap Rd
  • turn right on Noontootla Rd (this is after Doublehead Gap Rd paving ends) - this is FS 58
  • Watch for sign indicating Appalachian Trail crosses road - this is the Three Forks area
  • park and go down old logging road on opposite side of road from bridge across creek, there is a sign at the start that mention the falls - falls is marked by a sign about 1 mi up trail
Note: if you watch carefully as you hike, you'll see signs of several side trails down to creek.  At least 2 of these lead to falls

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fall Branch Falls & Stanley Creek Falls (10 falls)


4/5/2014 - took a small Meetup group to see these falls.  The weather was really nice and there were LOTS of people there that day.  Looks like I missed a falls, but picked up one I didn't have before!  Guess I'll have to go back again and double-check.

9/19/2012 - went back to this area to find Stanley Creek Falls - which is near the trailhead for Fall Branch Falls.  Turned out to be pretty easy to find.  Driving West on Rock Creek Rd, right at 1/2 mile from the trail to Fall Branch Falls...there's an old road.  Park here and hike down the road and you'll hear the falls.  They're not very far, maybe 1/4 mile...and not very big, but very pretty.

I also found a small, complex falls right beside Rock Creek Rd., about 1 3/4 miles further West from the old road to Stanley Creek Falls.

7/3/2011 - went back to Fall Branch Falls to get the GPS points and found that there are quite a few smaller, sliding falls on this same branch.

7/17/2010 This falls is on a short, steep trail that is part of the Benton Mackaye Trail.  There is a short side trail to the viewing area.  You can also hike further up the trail and, with care, get down to the creek to see some smaller, but pretty shoals. 
GPS: 34°47'3"N 84°18'8"W
GPS: 34°47'4"N 84°18'12"W

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It's hard to see in the photo, but this falls is wider than it looks.  There's quite a bit more behind the fallen log that is near the center of the photo.
GPS: 34°47'5"N 84°18'14"W
GPS: 34°47'6"N 84°18'16"W


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Falls 5 is hard to see in the photo, it actually goes from just above the middle on the left side to the white spot near the right side.
GPS: 34°47'9"N 84°18'19"W
GPS:34°47'9"N 84°18'19"W


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GPS:34°47'10"N 84°18'20"W (both)

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Fall Branch Falls
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Stanley Creek Falls
GPS: 34.77935°N 84.30779°W
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Rock Creek falls
 GPS: 34.78161°N 84.33588°W
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Directions and Information: from Blue Ridge, GA - US 76
  • south on Hwy 76 connector
  • left on Veterans Memorial Hwy
  • right on Aska Rd
  • right on Stanley Creek Rd
  • well after pavement ends, will cross creek, park here
  • trail is old road, follow upstream
  • right on side trail to viewing platform

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Padgett Falls

12/25/13 - went back to get a better video of this falls.  I walked up and down the road and there are 2 places where you can get a pretty good view of it.  One is at the curve, as described below.  The other is back up the road just where it starts downhill more steeply, just over a very small rise in the road.  The lower point gives a better view of the upper part of the falls.  The upper point gives a better view of the lower part of the falls.

2/8/13 - my sister and I went up to Rock City (first time I've been there) and on the way back we stopped and took videos of Padgett Falls.  I did take some still pictures too, but those didn't turn out verry well.

12/23/2011 - such a beautiful day, decided to take it easy and do a roadside falls.  Went back to Padgett Falls to get better pictures.  Winter is definitely the best time to see this falls.  I had forgotten just how big it really is!  We had a lot of rain in the last few days, so this one was really spectacular this time.

GMAPS does not show a name for this creek, but it flows into Pettit Creek

11/24/2010 Saw a reference to this falls when I was searching the net for GA waterfalls.  It's on heavily posted private property behind the airport in Jasper, GA

The 2 GPS points are the spots on the road that have the best views of the falls.
GPS: 34.45164 -84.46881 (upper)
GPS: 34.45166 -84.46879 (lower)

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Directions and information: Padgett Falls is on private property, which is heavily posted..but actually the best view is from the road anyway 
  • From hwy 515 in Jasper:
  • turn west on W. Church St
  • turn left on Camp Rd
  • turn right on Upper Salem Rd
  • follow around behind airport - where it takes a right angle turn and become a dirt road
As you go around a tight curve to the right you will see a leveled spot, on the right, where a mobile home used to be - continue past and as road begins to curve left...stop and look down into the valley, falls should be visible but please note: this is a well-forested area and they may not be visible when the trees and bushes are in leaf.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Hemlock Falls (Moccasin Creek) (12 falls)

11/25/2013 - since I'm off all this Thanksgiving weekend, I've been getting as many waterfall videos as I can.  I can't quite match the videos I got with the still photos, guess I'll have to go back and do a better job!

The trail to Hemlock Falls starts at the end of a rough gravel road opposite Moccasin Creek State Park. The trail is just over a mile long and is an easy, uphill hike. At one point you cross the creek on a recently improved bridge. This is one of my favorites and I've been here several times in the last couple of years.

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This falls is actually a side branch that is on the other side of the creek from the trail

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This is the first falls on Moccasin Creek. It's hard to see in the photos, but the creek trakes a couple of pretty tight turns above and around a large rock outcropping. In the first photo the big white spot at the top is actually the rock and the creek is flowing down behind it. The 2nd photo is from a little further up the trail and is the top of the falls flowing along the outcrop.


The first photo below is a little further up the creek, and the 2nd photo is of the falls just immediately downstream of the bridge across the creek

 
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The first photo below is a short way above the bridge crossing, and the 2nd photo is again a little further yet upstream.

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The first photo below is a little further upstream from the above 2 falls, then there is a fairly long gap where they trail goes uphill some but the creek is more or less level...until you get to Hemlock Falls (last photo).

   
unnamed falls on Moccasin Creek- this falls is upstream of Hemlock Falls. Hike above Hemlock Falls and immediately cross the creek, then hike uphill until you hit an unimproved trail. Most of this trail appears to be an old logging road, but it's not maintained and there a lot of blow-downs to negotiate. At one point there's a tangle of smaller blow-downs and it's tricky to get around them. Once you are at the falls - maybe a bit more than 1/2 mile - you will hear them, and there is a short, steep side trail down to the base.


Directions and Information: from Clarkesville, GA
  • north on GA Hwy 197

  • just before Moccasin Creek State Park, left on Andersonville Rd