North Georgia is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful scenery. Cities like Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, Helen and Hiawassee provide a stunning natural backdrop for outdoor adventures. Explore the hundreds of miles of hiking trails that yield breathtaking views, and you’ll also stumble upon some amazing waterfalls perfect for a photo opp or a quick dip in the pool below. So if you’re looking to get away and enjoy nature in all its glory, North Georgia and its waterfalls should be at the top of your list. Learn more about these 13 waterfalls and how to access them.

13 Waterfalls in North Georgia

Amicalola Falls

418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534

Amicalola Falls measures an impressive 729 feet in height, making it the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. That fact alone makes its name highly appropriate — “Amicalola” is a Cherokee Indian word meaning “tumbling waters.” The falls are located within Amicalola Falls State Park, which is one of the state’s most popular parks for both its beauty and abundance of hiking trails, one of which leads to the Appalachian Trail. If you want to make it an overnight experience, the park also has lodging options and a restaurant.

Amicalola Falls — North Georgia Waterfalls

Amicalola Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Anna Ruby Falls

3455 Anna Ruby Falls Rd., Helen, GA 30545

Located a little over an hour from Blue Ridge, GA, and in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Anna Ruby Falls features twin waterfalls located near where the Curtis and York creeks converge. An approximate half-mile of paved path leads to the base of the falls, and from there, hikers can continue along the Smith Creek Trail, a 4.6-mile hike that leads to Unicoi State Park. Admission is $3 per person for ages 16 and older, and hours are daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anna Ruby Falls

Anna Ruby Falls | Image: FIND Outdoors

Benton Falls

3171 US-64, Benton, TN 37307

Located in the Cherokee National Forest, Benton Falls is a 65-foot waterfall located about 1.5 miles from the Chilhowee Recreation Area. The hike in and back is easy, and dogs are welcome to join as long as they are leashed. A $3 day fee is payable upon arrival.

Benton Falls — North Georgia Waterfalls

Benton Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

DeSoto Falls

18365 US-129, Cleveland, GA 30528

Check in at the DeSoto Falls Recreation Area, and set up your campsite before you embark on your adventure. The trails provide an easy hike to either of the two stunning falls along Frogtown Creek — it’s .75 miles to the upper falls and .25 miles to the lower falls. And be sure to stop by the observation deck for a spectacular photo opp.

Waterfalls in Georgia: DeSota Falls

DeSoto Falls | Image: ExploreGeorgia.org

Dukes Creek Falls

1699 Richard Russell Hwy., Helen, GA 30545

A moderate 2.5-mile round-trip hike leads you to Dukes Creek Falls, where you can marvel at the 150-foot falls. Stop by the observation deck for a stellar view of the rushing waters, which pour through a granite canyon into Dukes Creek. The Dukes Creek Recreation Area is located off the Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Highway, the drive on which is an experience in itself.

Dukes Creek Falls — North Georgia Waterfalls

Dukes Creek Falls | Image: Jeff Gunn via FlickrCC

Fall Branch Falls

Stanley Creek Rd., Cherry Log, GA 30522

Located on the Benton MacKaye Trail, Fall Branch Falls requires a short yet moderate 30-minute round-trip hike to get there and back. An observation deck is located right by the falls, and dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they’re on-leash. (SB TIP: Reviews of Fall Branch Falls indicate that it’s quite crowded, so consider going during less popular days/times.)

Fall Branch Falls

Fall Branch Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Helton Creek Falls

US-129 S., Blairsville, GA 30512

The short .2-mile hike leading to Helton Creek Falls makes it a top pick for families who love to hike. Located near Helen, GA, in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Helton Creek actually boasts two falls — a brief descent takes you to the first fall, and then a short ascent leads you to the second larger fall.

Waterfalls in Georgia: Helton Creek Falls

Helton Creek Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

High Shoals Falls

1333 Indian Grave Gap Rd., Hiawassee, GA 30546

About an hour from Blue Ridge, you’ll find High Shoals Falls. Comprised of five different waterfalls that pour into High Shoals Creek, this 170-acre area is rich in lush vegetation and natural beauty. A brief 1.2-mile hike along the High Shoals Trail leads you along the creek and to observation decks offering birds-eye views of these wonders. (Note: The trailhead is currently closed due to damage. Before visiting, check HERE for updates.)

High Shoals Falls

High Shoals Falls | Image: ExploreGeorgia.org

Jacks River Falls

Jacks River Falls, Epworth, GA 30541

Located in Epworth, GA, Jacks River Falls is one of the most popular destinations in the Cohutta Wilderness Area. A rugged and somewhat secluded 4.5-mile hike leads you to the falls, and it’s a trail that is best reserved for the more experienced hiker. Beautiful views and a refreshing swim are your rewards for the trek, and you can also camp on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Waterfalls in Georgia: Jacks River Falls

Jacks River Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Long Creek Falls

Forest Service Road 58, Morganton, GA 30560

Enjoy a two-mile hike along Long Creek, and you’ll find your way to Long Creek Falls. Located where the Appalachian, Benton MacKaye, and Duncan Ridge trails converge, Long Creek Falls is often lauded as a hiking fan favorite. The falls are surrounded by beautiful forest and lush greenery, while the trail offers several stop-off picnic spots.

Long Creek Falls

Long Creek Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Ravens Cliffs Falls

3000 Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy., Helen, GA 30545

Follow the trail along Dodd Creek and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views. Clocking in at just under five miles round-trip, the hike leads you past several smaller falls prior to rewarding you with the majestic Raven Cliff Falls. Located near the Bavarian-inspired Helen, GA, you can make an overnight adventure of your travels.

Raven Cliff Falls near Helen, Georgia

Raven Cliff Falls | Image: ExploreGeorgia.org

Sea Creek Falls

6050 Appalachian Hwy, Suches, GA 30572

Located about an hour from Blue Ridge in the Coopers Creek Recreation Area, Sea Creek Falls offers a family-friendly adventure. An easy, flat hike in rewards you with the beauty of the falls, and pack a picnic and wear a swimsuit, and you can make a day of it. Splash in the pool or simply meditate to the sounds of the rushing 30-foot falls. (SB TIP: While the hike is easy, it is not stroller-friendly.)

Waterfalls in Georgia: Sea Creek Falls

Sea Creek Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Turtletown Falls

1239 Farner Rd., Farner, TN 37333

Located in the Cherokee National Forest, the Turtletown Falls trailhead is actually located in Farner, TN. This destination actually offers two falls: the upper is a short walk from the parking area, while accessing the lower requires a more moderate hike. The 3.8-mile loop offers breathtaking views of the Hiwassee River and the falls, and there are also several swimming holes to get cooled off. Leashed dogs are welcome here.

Turtletown Falls

Turtletown Falls | Image: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy your adventures!

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