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 11/30/2014: 497
Total videos as of 9/7/2014: 165

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.


More information: www.hightowerfalls.com

Monday, September 8, 2014

Spoonauger Falls - SC (2 falls)

9/7/2014 - got up fairly early (for a Sunday!) and drove just across the Chatooga River to do the short hike to Spoonauger Falls on Spoonauger Creek.  The trail is described as easy to moderate, which is about right.  It starts out very easy, nearly level...but when you cross Spoonauger Creek, the bank down to the creek is low and easy, but the opposite bank is higher and nearly straight up.  You have to step carefully on roots and rocks sticking out of the bank.  Then you turn uphill on the trail to the base of the falls.  There is a metal verticle sign that says "Spnauger Falls"

At the first switchback there is a short trail to a small falls.  Then the trail switchbacks 3 or 4 times to Spoonauger Falls.  The trail is steep, but not too difficult and right before the end there is a seep that had the trail mushy and wet, but there were rocks to step on.

I don't know how this falls got its name, but in case you're wondering...a "spoon auger" (aka: spoon drill) looks like this:

Chairmaker's Spoon Bit Set 471129
(from: http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/chairmakersspoonbitset.aspx)

They can actually have several shapes, including a pointed oval shaped (more like an eating spoon, but a lot sharper!) but I couldn't find a good picture of one of those.

GPS: 34.97502°N 83.11118°W (lower falls)


Spoonauger Falls
GPS: 34.97476°N 83.11019°W


Directions and Information: from Clayton, Ga
  • east on Warwoman Road
  • south on GA 28
  • north on Burrells Ford Rd (this gravel road is easy to miss, if you get to the river you've missed it)
  • continue until road crosses Chattooga River
  • park at sign on left for the Chattooga River Trail

Anna Ruby Falls (3 falls)

9/5/2014 - my knees are doing a lot better with the physical therapy I'm doing, and the weather is not QUITE as hot as it's been...so I took advantage of being off and went to Anna Ruby Falls.  Along the way, I also got a roadside falls on Smith Creek that I had known about but not had a chance to get before.

8/22/2010 - Anna Ruby Falls is one of the "big 3" showpiece waterfalls of North Georgia - along with Amicalola Falls and Dukes Creek Falls.  Like Dukes Creek Falls it is a double falls at the confluence of two creeks.  And, again like Dukes Creek Falls, there is one big, spectacular waterfall and another lovely, but smaller one.

These falls are at the convergence of Curtis Creek and York Creek, which together form Smith 

Falls on Smith Creek
GPS: 34.75306°N 83.71166°W


Anna Ruby Falls
GPS: 34.76348°N 83.71217°W


Directions and Information: can be found at http://www.unicoistatepark.org/anna-ruby-falls.html

Note: the falls are accessed from inside Unicoi State Park, but are not part of the park.  There is a fee, and if you have a State Park pass it will not be any good.

Mooney Falls - NC

8/30/2014 - since Mooney Falls is close to the trail to Big Laurel Falls, I drove up to this one too.  It is distantly visible from the road and a little further up the road, there is a trail to the base, which I ws told is steep.  I was too tired to try it, so I just got what I could from the road.

The book I used for directions says there is a sign for Mooney Falls, but I did not see it.

GPS: 35.02802°N 83.49816°W (roadside view)
GPS: 35.02892°N 83.49769°W (trailhead)


Directions and Information: from Franklin, NC
  • west on US 64
  • south on W.Old Murphy Rd
  • at Wallace Gap, south on FS 67 (sign for Standing Indian Campground)
  • at the fork at entrance to the campground, continue to the left on the FS road
  • drive past the trailhead for Big Laurel Falls, for about 3/4 mile