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 11/25/2013: 486
Total videos as of 4/19/2014: 132

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fall Branch Falls & Stanley Creek Falls (10 falls)


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


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

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

 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wildcat Creek Rd (25 falls)

11/24/2013 - have off all this Thanksgiving week, so I went out and got some waterfall videos.  There are SO many falls on W. Wildcat Rd. that I'm finding it difficult to keep them in order and to get them all!  I thought I had it this time, but it looks like I need to go back yet again!

4/13/2013 - Wildcat Rd has been closed for 2 years, because of the tornados in 2011.  A couple/three weeks ago I was in the are and checked and the road was finally open again.  So I went up today to get videos.  There has been a lot of rain and the falls were just gorgeous, with lots of water coming over.  I didn't get all the falls...didn't find out until I got there that the battery on my camera was really low, but I did get as far as the waterslide falls.

5/1/2012 - a week after my previous post this area was hit hard by a tornado - Apr 28, 2011 actually.  Wildcat Rd. has been closed since then with no indication when it will be reopened.  I drove down it and it's closed just past the last private property access.

Creek names below are all from GMAPS

4/2/2011 - BIG update on Wildcat Road!  I went back to get new pictures and to drive with my windows open (FS 44 taught me to do that!) and I got 21 (!) falls I had missed before.  Very exciting!  Because I got so many new ones, I'm redoing this completely, and pushing the previous info to the very bottom.

7/31/2010 Drove up the gravel road that runs alongside Wildcat creek, which is not too far from Moccasin Creek State Park.  There are quite a few falls and cascades on this creek, some of which - but not all - are on Mr. Anthony's site.  My pictures got mixed up, so may not be in the correct order - but I plan to go back on a good day and redo them all to get them in order, and to get better pictures.

I'm pretty sure I missed some falls on 4/1/2013 - so I'm rearranging things until I can get back up there and try to get them all again!  I've put all the GPS coordinates and mileages at the bottom of the page until I can re-check them.

The first 3 photos are of some of the damage done during the tornadoes in 2011.  These were taken right at the beginning of the road, just after the end of the paved part.




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 These got all out of order...I'll go back soon and redo all the photos and make sure I get them in order!












The first 4 falls are very close together, starting at .9 mi and from there to about 1 mi.

GPS: 34°50'0"N 83°35'53"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°50'0"N 83°35'53"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°50'4"N 83°36'3"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 1.7 mi there are 3 falls that are close together in the next 1/10 mi
GPS: 34°50'5"N 83°36'6"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°50'5"N 83°36'7"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°50'6"N 83°36'12"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 1.8 mi is another falls
GPS: 34°50'6"N 83°36'15"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 1.9 mi there are 2 falls close together
GPS: 34°50'9"N 83°36'16"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°50'4"N 83°36'18"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 2.0 mi there is a double falls divided by a shelf of rock (an eroded area in the road verge leads down to the shelf), and above that a short way is a popular waterslide falls that kids like to play on.
GPS: 34°50'6"N 83°36'20"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°50'7"N 83°36'21"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°50'1"N 83°36'21"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 2.2 mi is the first bridge on Wildcat Rd.  It crosses a side creek and upstream of the bridge is a falls
GPS: 34°50'4"N 83°36'45"W (Wildcat Creek)
Note: from this bridge to the next bridge at it sounds like there might be several falls, but the road is too high above the creek and the rhododendrons are too thick to see anything.  And the valley is too steep to climb down without climbing equipment!
At 3.6 miles there are, again, 3 falls fairly close together in the next 1/10 mi
GPS: 34°50'4"N 83°36'58"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°49'37"N 83°36'59"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°49'37"N 83°37'1"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 3.7 mi there is a small falls, with a long sliding shoals just below it
GPS: 34°49'35"N 83°37'5"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 3.8 mi there is another long, curved falls
GPS: 34°49'38"N 83°37'10"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 4.3 mi the road begins a steady uphill and there is an more open area between the road and the creek.  There are at least 4 falls coming down at this point.  To see the lower falls, you need to bushwhack across this open area to the creek.  To see the next 2, stop about halfway up the hill.  To see the top falls, there is a small parking area at the top and you can get down to the creek there.
GPS:34°49'41"N 83°37'26"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°49'42"N 83°37'28"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°49'44"N 83°37'33"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°49'46"N 83°37'32"W (Wildcat Creek)
GPS: 34°49'47"N 83°37'33"W (Wildcat Creek)
At 6.1 mi there is another falls, might actually be a long one...but all you can see are glimpses of the moving water - so no picture, but it's there!  Part of it appears to be in a slot, but it's hard to get a good look at it.
GPS: 34°50'44"N 83°37'44"W (Jessie Branch)
At 7.3 mi there is a falls that might be long, but all that could be photographed was the small falls at the top.
GPS: 34°51'25"N 83°38'6"W (Mandy Branch)
At 8.3 mi another long falls, but could only get a photo - again - of the small falls at the top
GPS: 34°51'38"N 83°38'51"W (South Fork Moccasin Creek)

I would say that there are probably something like 30 or more waterfalls along this creek, but you just can't see them all.

Directions and Information: from Clarkesville, Ga
  • north on GA 197
  • left on West Wildcat Road
Note: there are many small falls and shoals along this creek.  Continue towards campground 2 (CG 2) and as you get close and ascend a steepish hill watch for a fairly open area to the right.  There is a falls with several cascades here.  At the top there is a wide area where you can park and get out on top of the falls.  Upstream is another small falls.  You can bushwhack downhill through the open area and get to the creek to view the other cascades.