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Raven Cliffs Falls

Raven Cliffs Falls

5 miles RT / lots of cascades and falls

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.