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
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.