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)

I now also belong to another womens hiking group called Off the Grid. Both OTG and Traildames are on Meetup.

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!

Jan 2014 - I almost forgot about posting this! I had been in contact with Sharon Collins, the host of GPB's "Georgia Outdoors"...offerning to take her around my 18 Waterfalls tour. She was not able to make it, but I did take her cameraman Shane Keating on the tour. I was hoping they'd do a show about the tour, but that didn't happen. However, some of the shots did show up in the episode "Mountain Magic"...so I've added a link to that episode.

Total Falls

Total waterfalls as of 5/7/2015: 500
Total videos as of 8/7/2014: 171

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hwy 193 falls (2 falls)

3/21/2015 - the first time I saw these falls I had a suspicion that the small one might not flow all the time.  Today, on my way home from Glen Falls I came by this spot...and it turns out I was right.  There was only a trickle of water on the bigger falls, even though we've had quite a bit of rain lately...and the small falls was dry.  So I'll leave the picture up, but I took it out of my count.

I'll also leave up the photos of the falls with more water, to show how pretty they can be when there is plenty of rain.

3/27/2011 - went on a hike with the TrailDames to the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail in the Crockford-Pigeon Mtn WMA.  On they way we drove around a curve on Hwy 193 and there were two really pretty falls right there by the road.  After the wildflower trail we drove to John's Mtn and hiked up the Keown Falls Trail.

GMAPS does not show either of these branches

Hwy 193
These falls are quite close to the road, at the point of a fairly sharp curve, but it's obvious a lot of people must stop here because closest to the falls there is a sizable parking area.  There was actually a 3rd falls there today, but it was obvious it's a run-off falls and won't be there when the excess water from the recent rains has drained off.
GPS: 34°44'31"N 85°20'13"W

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Directions and Information: from Lafayette, GA
  • west on Hwy 193
  • falls is at a sharp curve

Glen Falls

3/21/2015 - when I went to Lula Lakes a couple of weeks ago someone told me this falls was FINALLY flowing!  So I had to go see.  There wasn't a lot of water, and some I met said it had been more a couple of weeks ago...but at least there WAS water this time.  I also found that there a couple of slightly smaller falls below the main falls.  The main falls flows through a narrow crack in the rocks and there really isn't a good view of it from the trail..but just past the bridge, and a bit uphill there a set of rock steps that go up above the pool and probably give a much better view...but I was not up to doing that climb with no one else around, since my balance isn't very good.  So I did the best I could from the trail!

Because there is a clear separation between the 2 falls below Glen Falls, I counted them as 2 separate falls.

Mr. Anthony's website says this falls is in Walker County Ga, just barely over the border...but the GPS put's it well on the TN side.  And the Google maps does not show any water just over the border, but does show an unnamed creek just where the GPS puts the falls.

9/4/2010 - I had planned to do 3 falls up in the far NE corner of GA, but only had time to do 2 of them - this one and Lula Lakes Falls
Glen Falls is so near the GA/TN border that you actually get to it by going through Chattanooga to Lookout Mountain and then hike in to the falls.  There's no sign to tell you you've crossed into GA but the GPS location shows that you have.
The day I went there was not actually any water flowing.  It had been very dry and waterfalls that are high up on a mountain are very dependent on recent rain.  It's a pleasant enough hike, not too long - though there were several blow-downs to negotiate.  Even if there's no water, the rock formations are quite interesting enough to be worth the hike if you are in the area.

Until I get get back to get a picture with water, here's what it looks like with NO water!
Because I have not ever seen this with water flowing over, I'm including it here, but not counting it as a waterfall I've seen.
GPS:
Parking: 34.99217°N 85.34083°W
Lower Falls: 34.98774°N 85.34211°W
Glen Falls: 34.98744°N 85.34253°W

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Directions and Information: from Dalton, Ga
  • north on I-75 to Chattanooga
  • wets on I-24
  • south on exit 178/Lookout Mountain/Market Street
  • left at Broad Street
  • at split bear left onto Tennessee Ave (Cumming Highway is )on the right)
  • right on Ochs Highway (Lookout Moutain)
  • After Sanders Road comes in from the right (sign to Ruby Falls), there is a pull-off to the left in about 200 yards. This is the parking for the trail. 
Note: on Mr Anthony's site he has a picture of a sign mentioning Glen Falls Trail, but when I was there I didn't see any such sign

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lula Lakes Falls (4 falls)

Lula Lakes Falls are on the grounds of the Lula Lakes Land Trust (http://www.lulalake.org/).

5/7/2015 - spent the weekend at Cloudland Canyon on an Off the Grid event.  On Saturday we went to Lula Lakes.  The road is in MUCH better condition and has been paved.  Got 2 more small waterfalls on the road from the parking to the lakes.  There were actually 2 others, one along the road and one coming in from the side above the upper falls...but these both didn't look like they might be permanent falls, so I didn't get those.  The water volume was tremendous on the 2 big falls.  Quite a change from when I was there the first time!

9/4/2010 - You can't go just anytime you like, you have to check the website to find out when they will be open. The parking is about a mile from the first falls and is an easy hike. It's pretty close to level and you could even take a bike if that suits your fancy.  I wished I'd had mine!

On the day I was there the road down the hill to the parking area was in VERY bad shape, very deep ruts right down the middle. With a little care to be sure I was straddling the ruts, I was able to make it, along with maybe 100 other people! Once you are down in the valley the road is much better. And again, going out (it's a different road from coming in) the road was bad, but not as bad as the road in.
There was no fee the day I was there, but they were asking for donations for the land trust.
There are some fantastic rock formations that you can see along the creek as you hike to the falls. There are several hiking trails there also. The falls were just a trickle that day due to the lack of rain, but at least there was SOME water flowing over!

The first 2 falls are pretty small and right along the road from the parking to the lakes.  They're a bit hard to see due to the shadows.

GPS: 
Falls #1 : 34.93741°N 85.37315°W
Falls #2: 34.93263°N 85.37158°
Upper Falls: 34.93041°N 85.37564°W
Lower Falls: 34.92756°N 85.37798°W

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These 2 falls are on Rock Creek

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http://www.jjanthony.com/waterfalls/falls/lulafalls.html

Directions and Information: can be found at http://www.lulalake.org/ - for directions click on the link at the top for "the trust" then on the "find us" link on the right

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ruff's Mill Cascade

11/30/2014 - on my way back from Hightower Falls I stopped at Ruff's Mill to get a video of the cascade here, and found to my dismay that this is actually private property and not really open to the public.  And really, after getting a good look at it...it's not really a falls wither.  More of a shoal.  So I'm going to leave it up, but remove it from my count.

11/10/2012 - saw a reference to this falls on the net, so I set out to find it.  Turned out to be easy.  The entrance to the old mill is at the Ruffs Mill-Concord Covered Bridge, near Smyrna, GA.  The falls is small, and down a steep creek bank.  It looks like it is possible to get closer to it, but since I got there late and was alone, I decided to just get the best picture I could from above.

According to GMAPS this falls is on Nickajack Creek




Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hightower Falls

11/30/14 - a couple of weeks ago I contacted the owner of Hightower Falls and she very kindly gave me permission to see and film the waterfall on her property.  This is an "event" property and if you are interested you can get more information at the URL below.

It was hard to get good photos.  I got there right about 1 pm and the sun was shining straight into my eyes just off to one side of the falls.  Probably afternoon would be a better time, as the sun would then be behind you.

This falls is on Euharlee Creek, but the current owner has told me that "Hightower" was the family name of previous owners.

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More information: www.hightowerfalls.com