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Easy 3 mile round-trip walk in the woods very near Long Mountain Lodge.

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Dukes Creek Falls

Dukes Creek Falls

250 ft cascade / easy hike

February 282015

This is an easy 1.1 mile hike down a wide path ending at a boardwalk viewing the falls.  Dukes Creek Falls is 250 feet high and cascades down the rocky mountain.  The falls is more impressive after rain but is still very nice.  There is a smaller cascade/waterfall that can been seen from the boardwalk too.  A wheelchair-accessible observation deck at .1 miles offers a clear view of the falls and gorge.

 

Directions

From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town).  When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19.  Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign.  Take a right onto HWY 60 / 19.  Follow until the first stop light (just after the lake)  Take a left at the light onto HWY 52.  Continue Down HWY 52 to the second red light, here 52 splits with 115.  Take 115 toward Cleveland/ Helen.  When you reach the downtown square of Cleveland take US 129 North/GA 75 Alternate for 3 miles.  Turn right on GA 75 Alternate and follow it 5.1 miles to GA 348 Richard B Russell Scenic Highway.  Turn left and go 1.7 miles.  There is a large sign on your left for Dukes Creek Recreation Area.

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Raven Cliffs Falls

Raven Cliffs Falls

5 miles RT / lots of cascades and falls

February 282015

This is a unique there and back 5 mile hike.  The trail follows Dodd Creek almost the entire time and is a beautiful hike plenty of water cascades along the way.  At 1.1 miles you will reach the first major waterfall, Murray Falls on Dodd Creek.  A side trail will bring you to the base of the falls.  Venturing down to the 1.3 mile mark is Xavier Falls.  A very impressive waterfall accessed by a steep decent.  It is seen fine from the trail and is not recommended you venture down the cliff.  Although the Raven Cliffs trail isn’t difficult, the rocks along the trail give it a moderate rating.  Continuing your trek you pass a plethora of rock slides and cascades until finally reaching the steepest part of the trail.  It’s not far before you see the two 80 foot granite cliffs rising before you.  As you reach the 2.5 mile ending point you can see a waterfall splitting the two cliffs.   It is a great view when the water is flowing, but can be a little disappointing on dryer days.  All in all, this is one of my favorite hikes, due to its beauty, flowering rhododendron and number of falls and cascades.

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Directions

From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town).  When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19.  Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign.  Take a right onto HWY 60 / 19.  Follow until the first stop light (just after the lake)  Take a left at the light onto HWY 52.  Continue Down HWY 52 to the second red light, here 52 splits with 115.  Take 115 toward Cleveland/ Helen.  When you reach the downtown square of Cleveland take US 129 North/GA 75 Alternate for 3 miles.  Turn right on GA 75 Alternate and follow it 5.1 miles to GA 348 Richard B Russell Scenic Highway.  Turn left and go 2.7 miles to the trailhead on your left.  The trail starts near the bridge over Dodd Creek.

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Helton Creek Falls

Helton Creek Falls

Easy hike to nice waterfalls

February 282015

Helton Creek Falls is a great easy hike or a nice addition to another close by trip.  The .1 trail to the falls is an easy hike leading to a 50+ foot high waterfall.  There is also a 30 ft waterslide just before Helton Creek Falls.  The trip surrounded you with towering eastern hemlocks, but due to the woolly aphids, (a small insect who are killing the hemlock trees) there are a lot of huge hemlocks that have been chopped down to help prevent the spread.  All in all it’s an easy hike to a nice waterfall and worth the stop.

 

Directions

From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town).  When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19.  Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign.  Take a left onto HWY 60 / 19.  Follow until 60 and 19 split.  You will notice a large pile of rocks in the intersection of the road.  This is a Cherokee Indian princess’s burial called Trahlyta’s Grave.  Turn right on HWY 19 and follow to the stop sign. You will see Turners Corner to your right.  Take a left at the stop sign and follow US 19/129 for 9.5 miles.  Turn right onto paved Helton Creek Road FS 118.  Travel 2.3 miles onn Helton Creek Road (pavement ends after .7 miles) to the railed, pull up parking area just past the trail head sign on the right.

 

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Amicalola Falls

Amicalola Falls

Impressive waterfall!

February 282015

The 729 foot drop gives this waterfall the title of the largest in Georgia.  Located inside a state park, Amicalola Falls offers a full day of exploration.  Paved and unpaved hikes leading to great views of this impressive waterfall.  There is also a drive to the top of the falls where you can lookout over the mountain view as the falls drops just inches from your feet.  At the base of the falls is a small pond that is stocked with rainbow trout and offers seasonal fishing.  An interpretive center allows young and old to see snakes of the area, as well as “stuffed” animals like you can find wandering the forests.  Ask the Rangers about the schedule for the bird of prey show and other activities.

Amicalola Falls is also the start of the approach trail to Springer Mountain, the beginning of the Appalachian Trail from the south.

 

Directions

From the lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega Road.  Turn right onto Wash Rider Road.  Follow it to the stop sign.  At the stop sign take a right on Oak Grove Road.  Follow Oak Grove to the 4 way stop sign.  At the stop sign go straight. That is Jay Bridge Road.  Follow Jay Bridge Road to the stop sign.  Turn right onto HWY 52.  Follow the signs to Amicalola Falls on HWY 52, it is on your right.

There is a fee to enter the state park.

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Anna Ruby Falls

Anna Ruby Falls

Good family outing hike

February 272015

A short .4 mile hike up an asphalt path to two great waterfalls makes this the most frequently visited area in the Chattahoochee Forest.

The path begins near the parking lot next to the information booth.  It’s a steady walk up, but being short and paved, it is an easy to moderate hike.  Along the way are benches to sit and enjoy Smith Creek as well as information posts and pamphlets identifying common plants, trees, and animals in the area.  The path ends at the observation decks a the base of the two falls.

Curtis Creek is on the left and is about 150 foot drop.  York Creek, to the right, is a 50 foot fall.  Collectively the two are known as Anna Ruby Falls.  Named for the daughter of Colonel John H. Nichols who purchased the land after the Civil War.

There are bathrooms near the information booth as well as a feeder for the local trout who call this stream home.  At certain times of year, you can enjoy 30+ trout swimming around, some reaching over ten pounds.

There is a small fee to enter Anna Ruby Falls

 

Directions

From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town).  When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19.  Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign.  Take a right onto HWY 60 / 19.  Follow until the first stop light (just after the lake)  Take a left at the light onto HWY 52.  Continue Down HWY 52 to the second red light, here 52 splits with 115.  Take 115 toward Cleveland/ Helen.  When you reach the downtown square of Cleveland, follow the signs to Helen.  Turn Right onto GA 75 towards Helen. Follow to GA 356.  Turn Right onto GA 356 towards Unicoi State Park.  After traveling 1.3 miles turn left onto Smith Creek Road (FS 242) There is a sign for Anna Ruby Falls here.  Follow the signs to the parking lot.

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Desoto Falls

Desoto Falls

Two waterfalls, 2 miles RT.

February 262015

Early settlers supposedly found a piece of Spanish armor around the area.  Believing it was left behind by gold explorer, Hernando Desoto or one of his men, the falls were named after him, Desoto Falls.

This is an easy to slightly moderate hike to two waterfalls.  Following the trail from the parking lot, the path goes thru a picnic area, over a small section or road and across the bridge.  The trail to the left leads to Lower Falls and to the right, Middle Falls.

The lower falls is only a .25 mile hike to the platform viewing area, but requires walking up a steep hill.  Otherwise it is a simple hike to the 40 ft high fall.

After viewing Lower Falls, hike back to the bridge and continue another .75 miles beside the creek to the next platform.  This 90 foot high waterfall is called Middle Falls.  The hike to both and back is about 2 miles.

 

Directions

From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town).  When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19.  Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign.  Take a left onto HWY 60 / 19.  Follow until 60 and 19 split.  You will notice a large pile of rocks in the intersection of the road.  This is a Cherokee Indian princess’s burial called Trahlyta’s Grave.  Turn right on HWY 19 and follow to the stop sign. You will see Turners Corner to your right.  Take a left at the stop sign and follow US 19/129 for 4 miles and the sign to Desoto Falls is on your left.  There is a $3 parking fee.

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Springer Mountain

Springer Mountain

Start of the AT

February 262015

Every year thousands of people attempt  to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, a 2000+ mile path from Georgia to Maine.  Springer Mountain is the start of this journey.

From the Springer Mountain parking lot, cross the road to access the trail. (This area can be confusing as from the parking lot the trail leads north, but the .9 miles to the start is actually behind you, across the road, the AT just crosses the road at the parking lot).

Less than a mile to the top, it is almost all uphill.  They are not steep strenuous climbs, but with all the rocks and roots jetting out most of the trail it can be difficult.  At .65 miles you will find a trail on your left, the Benton MacKaye.  A short hike down the path leads to a large plaque marking the trail and is worth the photo opp.  (return to the main trail)

Back on the AT, at .7 miles is the path to the Springer Mountain shelter.  You will notice the shelter is quite large and has a picnic table in front.  (return to the main trail)

As you finish the last .2 miles, you will see a large rock outcrop over looking a beautiful view.  On the rock is a plaque commemorating the start of the AT.  If you do a 180 from the plaque you will notice a large rock.  Around its side is a built in compartment with the AT sign in log.  Take a look at who has been there and add your name.

Although it’s not officially part of the AT, the trail continues on what is known as the approach trail.  It leads 7.5 miles down to Amicalola Falls.

When you return to the parking lot, if you would like a longer hike you can continue down the AT.  Long Creek Falls is 4 miles down the trail.  You can read about it on this website under its own name.

 

Directions

From the Lodge, turn right on Camp Wahsega road (away from town).  Follow all the way to the end of the road (about 3.5 miles).  At the stop sign turn right onto Cooper Gap Road.  This turns into a dirt road almost immediately.  Follow Cooper Gap Road 3 miles up to the first intersection.  At the intersection turn left onto FS 42-2 (there are no road signs here).  Follow 42-2 about 4 miles to another intersection, to the left is FS 42-2 and the right is FS 69.  Take the left to stay on 42-2.  Another 4 miles up is another intersection. There is a sign that reads Ed Jenkins National Forest.  From here keep following 42-2 just over two miles and you will see the Springer Mountain parking lot on your right.

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Preaching Rock

Preaching Rock

Mountain Views on the AT

February 262015

Preaching Rock is one of the easiest sections of the Appalachian Trail to get to, as well as an easy hike with a great payoff. This is one of the most popular hikes in North Georgia.

 

Upon arriving at Woody Gap, you will want to start the trail from the parking lot on the right side of the road. (The left side of the road has the Woody Gap sign.)

The Appalachian Trail is marked with white 2″x6″ rectangles (blazes) on trees and other landmarks.  Starting this trail, you will notice a blue rectangle trail leading to the left (this is to a watersource) and a white trail going straight.  Follow the white blazes.  It’s a fairly easy mile hike with gentle rolls throughout the forest.  Towards the end, the trail makes a moderate to strenuous switchback up to Preaching Rock, your destination.  The large rock outcrop makes an excellent place for a picnic while you are entertained with the limitless mountains as far as the eye can see.

 

Directions

From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town).  When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19.  Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign.  Take a left onto HWY 60 / 19.  Follow until 60 and 19 split.  You will notice a large pile of rocks in the intersection of the road.  This is a Cherokee Indian princess’s burial called Trahlyta’s Grave.  Follow HWY 60 to the top of the mountain.  On the left parking lot you will see the large Woody Gap sign.  Park on the right side of the road to hike to Preaching Rock.

 

 

 

 

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Long Creek Falls

Long Creek Falls

Great picnic spot!

February 252015

Two mile easy hike round trip to 3 waterfalls

Hiking to Long Creek Falls gives you the opportunity to not only hike the Appalachian Trail, but also the Benton Mackaye Trail, as they both share this section of trail.  The hike is easy, with only one section with a slight incline, and follows the creek for almost the entire mile of the trip, making it a very beautiful.   The first goat trail to a falls you come across will be to the top of the first falls.  The adventurous can navigate down to the base of this falls, but it can be slippery so be careful.  The second falls can be seen from a distance on the trail.  Travel to the second falls is dangerous and doesn’t offer a better view so its better to appreciate it from the safety of the path.  At the end of the mile hike there is a sign that lead you to Long Creek Falls.  It’s a great waterfall with lots of room for picnics and large boulders for seats and great photo opportunities.  From here, you can return the way you came and make it an easy 2 mile round trip hike, or venture further where the AT, Benton Mackaye and Duncan Ridge trail all split and offer more  great hiking.

Directions

From the Lodge, turn right on Camp Wahsega road (away from town).  Follow all the way to the end of the road (about 3.5 miles).  At the stop sign turn right onto Cooper Gap Road.  This turns into a dirt road almost immediately.  Follow Cooper Gap Road 3 miles up to the first intersection.  At the intersection turn left onto FS 42-2 (there are no road signs here).  Follow 42-2 about 4 miles to another intersection, to the left is FS 42-2 and the right is FS 69.  Take the left on 42-2.  Another 4 miles up is another intersection. There is a sign that reads Ed Jenkins National Forest.  At this intersection take a right onto FS 58.  This is a pretty 2.6 mile drive next to the stream a lot of the time.  At 2.6 miles there are a few pull-offs for parking.  The Appalachian Trail crosses the road here, to the left of the road is a small footbridge over the mountain stream.  This direction is towards the start of the Appalachian Trail. On the opposite (right) side of the road is the start of the trail to Long Creek Falls.  About 1 mile up the trail is the falls.

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Dockery Lake Hike

Dockery Lake Hike

parking area for Dockery Lake

February 252015

Dockery Lake has two hikes starting from the same trailhead.

The first is a great half mile loop around the lake.  It is an easy hike with almost no hills.  The trail walks beside the lake the entire time and is a great hike for kids.  The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and fishing is permitted with a proper license.

 

The second is hike is longer and more challenging.  Following the same trailhead as the lake trail, you will come across a sign to let you know the start of this 6.8 mile hike (there and back).  There are a lot of ups and downs, with some being moderate to strenuous.  Along the way there is a small creek crossing, and an excellent (winter) view of uppers Waters Creek watershed surrounded by the wild forest.  The trail ends at a section of the Appalachian Trail, Miller Gap.

 

Directions

From the Lodge, take a left on Camp Wahsega road (heading back to town).  When you reach the stop sign, turn left onto BUS 19.  Follow BUS 19 for 2 miles to the stop sign.  Take a left onto HWY 60 / 19.  Follow until 60 and 19 split.  You will notice a large pile of rocks in the intersection of the road.  This is a Cherokee Indian princess’s burial called Trahlyta’s Grave.  Follow HWY 60 until you see the signs for Dockery Lake on the right.  Follow the dirt road past the campgrounds to the parking area where the trailhead starts.  There is a restroom at the parking area.

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BLACK FALLS

BLACK FALLS

No hike required

February 72015

You can drive to this falls or hike about 200 yards. This is where the Army Rangers train, so may be closed to visitors at those times. Very cool rock climbing / rappelling wall is opposite the falls.

See Montgomery Falls for directions.

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MONTGOMERY FALLS

MONTGOMERY FALLS

Short, easy hike

February 72015

This is a short walk to a pretty waterfall.  There is not a real good trail to the base of the falls, so be careful as it can be slippery.

From the Lodge, follow the driveway to Bull Creek Rd and turn right at the stop sign on Camp Wahsega Rd.

Go 3.6 miles to the stop sign at the gate to the US Army Camp Frank D Merrill.

Turn left and the road soon turns to gravel. Drive 1/2 mile to Sgt Portello Rd, but don’t turn – instead pull just ahead to the sign that says “no vehicular trafffic, hikers welcome”.

Park there and walk down that trail and the waterfall will be on your right.

You can also visit Black Falls on the Etowah River from this parking spot if you walk down Sgt Portello Rd.  You can also drive down if the gate is open.

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WEST FORK FALLS

WEST FORK FALLS

Pretty falls, easy hike.

February 72015

About 4 miles from Long Mountain Lodge, this is a terrific easy 20 minute hike to a beautiful waterfall.

From the Lodge, follow the driveway to Bull Creek Rd and turn right at the stop sign onto Camp Wahsega Rd.

Go 3.6 miles to a stop sign at the gate to the US Army Camp Frank D Merrill.

Turn left and the pavement will turn to a gravel road in about 100 yards.

Go another 200 yards and turn right onto SSG Charles B Cooper Rd (you will be coming along side the army base and the gym will be on your right.

Stay on this gravel road (currently there is considerable construction here, but just go straight).

You will then need to ford the Etowah River with your vehicle (gravel bottom and not deep unless a recent rain storm).

Park on the left about 40 yards past the river.  Hike up the service road through or around a gate (to keep vehicles off) a few hundred yards till you come to a trail on your left.

After a while the trail splits, but you can go either way as it comes back together. When they do take the next trail to the right. You will cross a small stream. The waterfall, which is on the West Fork of Montgomery Creek, is ahead on your left.

Great spot for a picnic! Guests have been known to swim in the cool water below the falls.

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TWO RUN CREEK TRAIL

TWO RUN CREEK TRAIL

Might get your feet wet

February 72015

The Two Run Creek Trail is an old Forest Service Road off Camp Wahsega Rd, just 1.7 miles to the parking spot from Long Mountain Lodge. Room for a couple of cars. It is about 2 miles up till the trail runs out. You follow Two Run Creek much of the way. Plenty of spots to stop for a picnic. There is a camping area on the way as well and you will need to ford the creek.  There used to be a walking bridge, but it got wiped out by a storm. We will be looking at replacing or installing stepping stones. At the camping area you will need to go round the gate to continue on the trail.

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HIGH SHOALS FALLS

HIGH SHOALS FALLS

Easy waterfall hike to remote falls

February 72015

Eleven miles from Long Mountain Lodge. From the trail head it is about a 1.2 mile hike to the waterfalls. Slight uphill to the falls. Long Mountain Lodge donated the double swing you will see when you get there and Boy Scout Troop 36 hiked it in and erected it. Follows an old logging road. The road continues past the falls, but we have not taken it yet. Will update this hike when we do.

From Long Mountain Lodge – follow driveway to Bull Creek Rd and turn left. At stop sign turn left on Camp Wahsega Rd.

Go 4 miles and turn left on Black Mountain Rd.

Go 6.5 miles and turn left on Jack Walker Rd.

Go 1 mile and turn left on Clayton Gooch Rd.  You will see a pull-off about 1/4 mile down on your left at an old logging or Forest Service road.

You will hear the waterfall to your left after about 20 – 25 minutes and there is a path following the stream leading to it about 100 yards up.

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Long Mountain Lodge
February 32015

Long Mountain Lodge with its various lodging options is the perfect headquarters for your hiking trip to the North Georgia Mountains!

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  • Dukes Creek Falls

    Dukes Creek Falls

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