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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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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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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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