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!

Total Falls

Total waterfalls as of 8/17/2014: 490
Total videos as of 8/17/2014: 156

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Raven Cliffs WMA - unknown creek falls

8/17/2014 - after my sister and I got the videos above Dukes Creek Falls, on Davis Creek, we continued driving up the Forest Service road.  Found this waterfall right beside the road.  It was pretty tall, but not much flow...still, it's a falls!

We got in about 4 miles and then I got too tired to continue, so we came back.  The road wasn't too bad, but it always takes a lot of concentration to drive a 2 wheel car on most Forest Service roads.

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Directions and Information: from Cleveland, Ga
  • north on US 129
  • right on Alt GA 75
  • left on GA 348 (Richard B Russell Scenic Highway)
  • left into Raven Cliffs parking area
  • continue past parking on gravel road
  • at turn around, go around then take road to left over small mound

Davis Creek falls (2 falls)

8/17/2014 - didn't feel like sitting around the house, so my sister and I took a drive up above Dukes Creek Falls to get videos of these 2 falls on Davis Creek,

These falls are above Dukes Creek Falls


To get to these you drive past the parking area for Raven Cliffs and at 1/2 mile park in the small area on the left, for the middle falls on Davis Creek. Hike the short trail downhill from this point, more or less straight through a small camping area and then further down. This actually brings you out on top of the main falls of Dukes Creek Falls. There's a big area there, so it's not dangerous as long as you stay well away from the brink of the falls. Upstream at this point is the middle falls on Davis Creek.

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To get to the upper falls on Davis Creek, you drive an additional 1/2 mile past the parking for the middle falls, cross the creek on a good ford and then stop and park. Hike a short distance through the camping area going upstream and around a turn is the upper falls on Davis Creek.

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Directions and Information: from Cleveland, Ga
  • north on US 129
  • right on Alt GA 75
  • left on GA 348 (Richard B Russell Scenic Highway)
  • left into Raven Cliffs parking area
  • continue past parking on gravel road
  • for middle falls: at 1/2 mile, park in small wide area on left
  • follow trail downhill, through camping spot to top of falls
  • for upper falls: continue an additional 1/2 mile
  • cross creek & park
  • follow creek upstream through well-used camping area to falls
Note: there is no fee to park. Middle falls are above the biggest of the Dukes Creek Falls, so be careful around the brink of that falls.

Hemlock Falls (Moccasin Creek) (9 falls)

8/16/2014 - I've been getting physical therapy for my knees and it's working really well.  So I decided to do a fairly easy hike and get some better videos of the falls on Moccasin Creek.  I didn't get all the way to Hemlock Falls, got too tired.  After taking a nice leisurely hike I decided some of the falls I've had here aren't really big enough to count.  So I've lowered the total to 9 falls.

Looks like I'll need to go back again!  The videos I got don't match up with the still photos I have.

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.

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

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This falls is immediately below the bridge across Moccasin Creek

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The 4 following falls are one right after the other after you've climbed up from the bridge.

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This is Hemlock Falls

   
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
  • part at end of Andersonville Lane on left
  • trail is a continuation of the old road, past the rock with the trail named carved in it

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rivermist falls

8/10/2014 - after going to the falls at Fairmont on the Park I went on to the falls at Rivermist subdivision.  Had more time to check around and found you get a better and easier view of the falls from the other side.  Hike upstream and cross on the bridge, then work your way downstream to a nice, big rock shelf that goes out into the creek.

I took a picture of the sign at the trail head, but I can't tell if it's saying the falls is "Red Fox Falls" or if it's just saying this is the "Red Fox Trail to the falls"   You decide!  The sign that said it was for homowners only was not there this time.

1/22/2011 - went to Rivermist Subdivision, near Snellville, to find the waterfall mentioned on their website (http://www.rivermistrafter.org/home.html).  There is a sign at the beginning of the short trail that says it's for homeowners only, so I suggest contacting them to get directions and permission to see the falls.  The creek drops over a long shelf of rock, but only at one end of it, so I've included a close-up of the falls and then a wider view showing the whole shelf.

According to GMAPS this falls is on Watson Creek


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Directions and Information: from Snellville, GA
south on Us78/GA10
right on Hewatt Rd SW
left on Rivermist Dr SW
right on Red Fox Run SW
park in turn-around at end of road
trail begins beside sign

Note: the best view of the falls is on the other side from where the gravel trail ends.  Go upstream, cross the bridge, then work you way back downstream to the rock shelf below the falls.

Fairmont on the Park

8/10/2014 - too hot and muggy to do any hiking, so I went back to Fairmont on the Park to get a video of their itty bitty waterfall.  It seems this one is not much more than a trickle even at the best of times.

1/18/2012 - we had a couple of days of really good rain, so I went back to Fairmont on the Park to get photos with more water coming over.  Turns out there really isn't a lot of water even at the best of times!  But I did get a better photo.

6/19/2011 - went to Fairmont on the Park, a subdivision in Gwinnett County, because their website mentions a waterfall.  I did find it, it's right by the clubhouse.  It's on a very small branch and might be dry in prolonged dry spells...and there wasn't much water even with all the rain we've had lately.  It's in a minature amphitheater and is easy to get to.

GMAPS does not show this small branch

GPS: 34.04073° -83.87968°

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Directions and Information: from Dacula, GA
  • east on Hwy 8
  • left on Dacula Rd NE
  • right on Fence Rd
  • right on Fairmont Park Dr
  • left into clubhouse parking lot
  • steps down to pool area
  • go past pool and past clubhouse
  • follow short gravel trail down to bridge across branch