A popular destination for day hikers, this is an awesome choice for a fairly easy, kid friendly two-mile day hike! Meandering creeks as well as abundant flora and fauna also have made this area a favorite with backpackers, fishermen and campers.
Initially you’ll stroll through a corridor of dead and dying Hemlock trees which gives way to bouquets of New York ferns, violets and pungent Galax. As the elevation increases, you’ll notice more hardwoods and then travel thru Rhododendron thickets as you descend to the falls.
For most of the way you’ll be serenaded by Long Creek as it bubbles over and around the rocks, finally giving way to the roar of the falls as voluminous cascades of water pour down the 50-foot high sheer rock cliff. Numerous stands of emerald green Rhododendrons provide a stunning contrast to the white water rushing down the rock wall.
When you arrive at the intersection where the AT and BMT take their separate routes to the north, you’ll see the side trail to the falls.
Be sure to bring a picnic lunch – just 100 yards up the side trail to the left, is the perfect spot for a picnic!
If a longer hike is desired, you can continue another 7.8 miles on the Benton MacKaye Trail to the famous Toccoa River suspension bridge over the Toccoa River. The bridge spans 268 feet and is the longest suspension bridge east of the Mississippi. The banks surrounding the bridge are the ideal place for a picnic lunch.
The parking area for your shuttle is about a quarter mile beyond the bridge.
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