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Long Creek Falls

Long Creek Falls

Great picnic spot!

  • Author: Don McElliott
  • Date Posted: Feb 25, 2015
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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.