Just north of Dahlonega, GA, be sure to visit Long Creek Falls. The trail hugs a creek and is found just off of the Appalachian Trail.
Long Creek Falls – Trip Details
The trail head is at the end of a rough 5 mile road (US Forestry Service Road 58), so driving a car is not recommended. Once you arrive at the trail head, the hike to the waterfall is approximately 2 miles round trip. It follows Benton MacKaye Trail (white diamond blazes) and the Appalachian Trail (white rectangle blazes). About one mile in to the hike, be sure to follow the blue blazes to get to Long Creek Falls. The trail goes uphill on the way in and downhill on the way out. It winds along Long Creek with lots of rhododendron. Be sure to look out for bears and be prepared by reading up before your hike.
Enjoy the cascading waterfall at 50 feet high at the end of your trip. Or if you are up for a longer hike, you can continue hiking the Appalachian Trail to the east to visit a rustic cemetery, Hickory Flats Cemetary, and you can continue past it to the Hawk Mountain Shelter for an overnight stay. If you would like something a little different, you can cross US Forestry Service Road 58 and take the Appalachian Trail to Springer Mountain and to the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. Either is bound to be a fun addition to your hike.
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With the National Forest all around, there are many other waterfalls in the area if you want to make a day, or more, of it. Amicalola Falls, a very popular area waterfall, is about 20 miles south and will take about a hour to get to from the trail head.
A few other options, all about 1 hour away are Fall Branch Falls about 23 miles northeast. Both Dick Creek Falls and DeSoto Falls are approximately 30 miles to the east.
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Enjoy your hike!