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Georgia has many beautiful state parks that showcase the natural beauty of its waterfalls and make it easy to see with designated trails, stairs, handrails, and signs. Best of all, many of the waterfalls in Georgia are very accessible, which means that you don’t have to be a hardcore hiker to see them. These are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Georgia to see for yourself, whether you prefer to take a scenic hike or plan an epic weekend of backpacking to really experience the region.
These gorgeous waterfalls will change the way you think about the American South and leave you inspired to explore more of The Peach State.
A beautiful area great for admiring striking waterfalls is Tallulah Gorge State Park. Tallulah Falls actually features six waterfalls that run down a deep gorge that plunges 1,000 feet. For a challenging and very rewarding hike, set out on the Hurricane Falls Trail. This is a great place to visit for aspiring nature photographers because you can cross over the gorge on a suspension bridge and snap some incredible shots. Another epic hike here is the Sliding Rock Trail, which is tough, includes rock scrambles and leads visitors to the only natural swimming area at the gorge. Just make sure to stop by the state park office to get a permit first!
One waterfall that’s very easy to reach, even if you aren’t an experienced hiker, is Panther Falls. It’s in Rabun County, Georgia, and the falls are only about a half mile away from the starting point. If you keep going, however, you can reach Angel Falls and see some beautiful mountain laurel and rhododendron along the way. For more of a challenge, you can hike the Panther Creek Trail, which is moderately difficult and about seven miles long. Or make a weekend out of it by going backpacking and hopping off the trail to sleep over at one of the trails’ campsites overnight.
Another Tallulah Gorge-area waterfall worth checking out is Minnehaha Falls, one of the state’s most underrated waterfalls and a unique natural attraction made up of 100-foot falls that resemble stair steps. Try to visit this falls area in the springtime, if possible, because the foliage that surrounds it is stunning in the spring. You can reach this trail in under half a mile from the starting point, and it’s close to Lake Rabun as well. This is a great hike for the whole family and more kid-friendly than some others on this list.
Curtis Creek and York Creek formed Anna Ruby Falls, which is in another excellent hiking area near Helen, Georgia. This is a very easy and accessible trail, so it’s great for kids and people with limited mobility. The trail from the parking lot to the falls is only about half a mile, but it does have an incline and is considered to have a moderate rating. The towns of Helen and Hiawassee are near these falls if you are looking to spend a weekend in the area.
The round-trip hike to see Duke Creek Falls is about two miles, and this is another lovely falls area to see near Helen. You’ll also see Yonah Mountain and the Raven Cliffs Wilderness from this area. Once you reach the end of this hike, you’ll see Duke Creek Falls, which is where Davis Creek and Dukes Creek meet and tumble over a large cliff.
The Bavarian-themed town of Helen is an incredibly unique place to visit in Georgia, and if you head just outside of town, you can take a hike to see Raven Cliff Falls. This is a great hike that’s about five miles long and perfect for getting active with a moderate challenge. The Raven Cliff Falls Trail runs through a stream valley with tiny cascades appearing throughout the hike. You’ll get views of Dodd Creek as you get closer to the falls and be rewarded with lovely views at the end of the trail.
When you’re in Georgia, also make a point to see Helton Creek Falls, which is in Vogel State Park. What’s fun about visiting these falls is that you can actually take a dip in the water pool at the bottom of the falls…so bring your swimsuit! You can hike the easy 0.3-mile Helton Creek Falls Trail to see Helton Creek, two waterfalls, and a 100-foot vertical drop. Just make sure to be careful while hiking around this area because the rocks can be very slippery. This is another falls area that is in the Blairsville-Cleveland area.
DeSoto Falls is another beautiful waterfall area, and it was named after Hernando DeSoto, who was a Spanish explorer. This is a waterfall located in the famous Chattahoochee National Forest. Take the 2.2-mile DeSoto Falls Trail to pass by a shady creek and reach the lower and upper cascades of the falls. These falls are in the Blairsville-Cleveland area of Georgia.
The name Amicalola is a Cherokee word that means “tumbling waters,” and that’s exactly what you’ll see when you visit this state park. This is the tallest waterfall in the state of Georgia, which is why it made it first on our list of must-see spots. Located in Northeast Georgia near Dawsonville, this is a family-friendly destination that everyone should make a point to see in Georgia. Keep in mind that the 2.1-mile Amicalola Falls Trail is popular and often crowded, but it’s definitely worth it. Visit on a weekday and early in the morning if you can for the best views and fewer crowds. You can set up camp nearby or stay at the Len Foote Hike Inn after a backcountry, five-mile hike.
The Jacks River Falls is located in the Cohutta Wilderness, where the river flows out over a rocky outcropping. You can hike the nine-mile route that includes the Beech Bottom Trail and the Jacks River Trail to reach the falls. For easier access, simply hike the Beech Bottom Trail, which tends to be more popular and crowded. Jacks River Falls is near Epworth in Georgia.