Waterfalls and Winter Hiking

Have you ever been winter hiking? With all the scenery around Blue Ridge and Fannin County, the time of year when the leaves are down is the perfect time to explore the area.

Georgia Long Creek

If you’re a waterfall fan, we’ve got quite the collection! Fall Branch Falls is one of our most popular for visitors, featuring a beautiful double waterfall with mountain laurel and rhododendron growing along the trail and creek bank. A hike up and back down will take about 30 minutes. Amicalola Falls is another popular attraction for water lovers. At 729 feet, it’s the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River! The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is popular with day hikers and photography buffs, as it’s surrounded with gorgeous old-growth hemlock trees above white water and shoals.

Blue Ridge Amicalola Falls

More experienced hikers may be interested in Turtletown Falls. Turtletown Creek Trail follows the creek and loops back down to Shinbone Ridge, where beautiful views emerge of the Hiawassee River below and the overlooks of two major waterfalls: Turtletown Falls and Lower Turtletown Falls.

Very experienced outdoorsmen and women may feel up to tackling Jack’s River Falls: located in the Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Jack’s River, this beautiful waterfall is the most visited site in the Cohutta, and is reached by a 4.5 mile trail through rugged wilderness.

For more information on all the hiking and waterfall opportunities, check out this printable Map & Self-Guided Tour.

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