- Amicalola Falls
Located within Amicalola State Park,
these falls plunge 729 feet in seven cascades.
Highest waterfall east of the Mississippi. Take
Highway 52 east from Ellijay about 19 miles.
Look for left turn to Amicalola Falls State
- Appalachian Trail
From Springer Mountain in Georgia to
Mt. Katahdin, Maine, the trail winds 2056 miles,
including 78 miles in Georgia.
South of Blairsville 3 strenuous trails wind to
the popular summit 4.5 to 7 miles.
- DeSoto Falls Trail
Length 2.5 miles - this trail begins at the
bridge in the lower loop of DeSoto Falls
Recreation Area. Take US 129 south from
Blairsville towards Dahlonega. Entrance
will be on left. (about 18 miles this side of
- Helton Creek Falls
Length 0.3 mile - this short trail
descends to the first waterfall then climbs
beside the creek to the second and larger
waterfall. Note: The rocks are deceptively
slippery around these falls, use caution.
Take US 19/129 south from Blairsville for about
11 miles. Turn left onto Helton Creek Road, it
is the first road past the entrance to Vogel State
Park. Go 2.2 miles to the small parking
area on right.
- Lake Blue
Length 0.6 mile - this loop trail
follows the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge and
offers a great view of the lake. It is flat and
a good trail for families with young children.
From Blue Ridge, take Old Business 5/Old US 76
east for 1.5 miles to Dry Branch Road. Turn
right and go 3 miles to the entrance of the Blue
Ridge Recreation Area. The trail begins and ends
in the picnic area.
- Anna Ruby Falls
Length 0.4 mile - this trail is
paved but rather steep. There
are several benches along the trail
to rest. Two observation decks offer
a beautiful view of the twin falls.
Take Highway 76 east to Hiawassee.
Then take GA 75 south towards Helen.
Turn left on GA 356 for 1.5 miles
and left again at the entrance road
to Unicoi State
Park. Go 3.5 miles to parking area.
There is a parking fee. The
trail is accessed from the parking
- Benton MacKaye
Begins north of Blue Ridge and makes
its way through the Cherry Log area
and connects with the Appalachian
Trail at Springer Mountain in Gilmer
Length 0.8 mile - this trail winds
its way into Dukes Creek Gorge where
it dead ends across from the
300-foot Dukes Creek Falls. Take
Highway 76 to GA 75 towards Helen.
Turn right on GA 356 and proceed 2.3
miles to the Richard Russell Scenic
Byway. Turn right and go 2 miles to
the Dukes Creek Falls Parking area.
Five falls in this 170 acre scenic
area. Several paths to waterfalls.
Take GA75 south from Hiawassee for
about 9 miles. Just past GA 180 on
the left is a low sign that says
"High Shoals". Travel 1.4 miles to
the High Shoals Scenic Area.
waterfalls can be accessed from
trails in the area.
These include ...
- Long Creek Falls
- Fall Branch Falls
- Sea Creek Falls
- Little Rock Creek Falls
- Jacks River Falls