This time of year is optimal for finding some of North Georgia’s most treasured waterfalls; rains keep the waters flowing, and it is just hot enough for a good swim or wade after a hike. Here is a short, summarized list of hikes that end with a rewarding waterfall! Some destinations you may not be able to swim at, so make sure to double check before you jump in! Click the name of the waterfall for a link to take you to more information on getting to these North Georgia treasures.

North West Georgia

Big Rock Nature Trail:

  • In Fort Mountain State Park ($5 entrance fee)
  • .5 mile loop
  • Easy-moderate

Hickey Gap Trail

  • Cohutta Wildlife Management Area
  • .9 mile out-and-back
  • Moderate

Hemlock Falls and Cherokee Falls

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Cherokee Falls in Cloudland Canyon
  • Cloudland Canyon State Park ($5 entrance fee)
  • 1.1 miles out-and-back
  • Moderate
  • Swimming/wading not allowed

Keown Falls Trail

  • in Johns Mountain Wildlife Management Area
  • small spring; go when there has been rainfall
  • 1.7 mile loop
  • Easy

Lula Lake Land Trust

  • Not always open
    • May-November: open first and last weekend of each month
    • December-April: open first and last Saturday of each month
  • 3 miles roundtrip
  • Moderate
  • Swimming not allowed

North East Georgia

Tallulah Falls State Park

Tallulah Falls State Park summer hike swim trail water hot rain outside outdoors
Hurricane Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park
  • $5 entrance fee
  • Multiple trails and loops in park
  • Easy (for lookouts)-moderate (for stairs to falls)
  • Need permit to swim in the pools

Helton Creek Falls

  • Vogel State Park near Blairsville
  • .3 mile out-and-back
  • Easy (short and steep)

Minnehaha Falls Trail

  • near Lakemont
  • .4 mile
  • Easy

Anna Ruby Falls Trail

  • Unicoi State Park ($5 entrance fee)
  • .8 mile out-and-back
  • Easy (short but steep)

Hemlock Falls Trail

  • Near Clarkesville
  • 2 mile round trip
  • Easy

Duke’s Creek Trail

  • Near Helen

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    Part of Fall Branch Falls near Cherry Log
  • 2.3 mile out-and-back
  • Easy
  • $4 to park in Chattahoochee National Forest

Raven Cliff Falls

  • Near Helen
  • 4.8 mile out-and-back
  • Easy

Central North Georgia

Fall Branch Falls

  • Near Cherry Log/Blueridge
  • 2.7 miles
  • Moderate

Dick’s Creek

  • Near Dahlonega
  • Not much of a hike, but great for swimming!

Amicalola Falls 

  • Amicalola Falls State Park ($5 entrance fee)
  • Many available trails to get to waterfall
  • Moderate

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