Each year thousands of guests come to the area to visit the Dahlonega waterfalls. They offer a majestic example of nature’s beauty and provide a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here we’ll provide you with information on each of the falls located in the Dahlonega area.
Most of these falls are shown on Google Maps if you need additional information regarding directions. For a google map of these waterfalls visit https://drive.google.com/open?id=17oxuBy6wy8Ows1bnNicgbx8mcs035_Lc&usp=sharing
Amicalola is the most famous and popular waterfall in the area. Located west of Dahlonega on highway 52 it is 38 minutes (25 miles) from the inn. The falls are also the highest vertical falls in Georgia at 729 feet and requires 604 steps. There are rest stops along the way. If you are not into a stair master workout you can take the road up to the lodge and about halfway you will see a parking lot to your right with handicapped parking. Park and take the flat trail made of recycled auto tires to the base of the falls. You will appear to the rest of the crowd that climbed all of those steps that you are really in great shape because you didn’t break a sweat. After seeing the falls go to the top of the mountain in your car and check out the views from the lodge lobby/balcony. You can also grab lunch or dinner in the lodge’s restaurant. For more information visit https://gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls
Desoto Falls is located about 20 minutes (13 miles) north of the inn on highway 19 between Turner’s Corners and Blood Mountain and is one of the more popular Dahlonega waterfalls. Two waterfalls are featured, the upper and lower falls. A nice trail leads you to each of the falls which are located in opposite directions after you cross the footbridge in the campground area. To the left is the lower falls but you actually have to go up the mountain whereas the upper falls (to the right) is a fairly even trail. Both have a deck with seating at the base of the falls. When you reach the National Forest operated park enter the day use parking lot and follow the signs to the Falls.
Helton Creek Falls
After visiting Desoto Falls you can head north on Highway 19 past Blood Mountain to visit Helton Creek which has two separate falls. It is on Helton Creek road which is a National Forest service road and may not be suitable for some cars with lower ground clearances. Signage was also not the greatest the last time we visited. The hike to the upper falls is only 0.2 miles and the spray of the falls is refreshing on a hot day. Helton Creek is about 37 minutes (19 miles) northeast of the inn.
Dicks Creek Falls
Dicks Creek is located 20 minutes (10 miles) north of the inn on highway 19 before you get to Turner’s Corners. It is a favorite swimming hole during the summer months so bring some old towels and jump in. The locals also love this place. For a related post on cooling off visit https://georgiamountaininn.com/2013/06/06/dahlonega-summer-attractions/
Cane Creek Falls
Cane Creek Falls is close to Dahlonega and is less than 10 minutes (5 miles) from the inn. Located inside Camp Glisson (Methodist Church Camp) it may be closed to the public when summer campers are present. The falls are one of the most popular Dahlonega waterfalls for weddings and do not require any hiking. You just pull into the parking lot and the falls are in front of you. If the gate entering Camp Glisson is open and the signs say the camp is not closed you are free to enter.
Clay Creek Falls
Clay Creek is located on private property but you can see it from the road on Clay Creek Falls Road. No parking or trails provided. The falls are 14 minutes (8.6 miles) from the inn. During drought periods the falls may not be worth the trip but after a heavy rain they can be impressive.
Dukes Creek Falls
Dukes Creek is located on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway about 30 minutes (22 miles) northeast of the inn and west of Helen. The falls are 150 feet in height and the trail to the falls in a narrow canyon is only 1.25 miles beginning at the parking lot. You can stop by Helen for lunch after your hike.
Raven Cliff Falls
Raven Cliff is also on the Richard Russell Scenic Parkway just past the Dukes Creek turn off and is 35 minutes (25 miles) from the inn. The falls are 100 feet in three drops and the trail is 2.5 miles each way. The trail is located parallel to a roaring creek so the hike is interesting the entire way. At the end of the trail is the main falls and hikers can climb the tree roots, like a ladder, to see the falls more clearly.
Black Falls and Montgomery Creek Falls
Both of these falls are located on the Ranger Camp, Frank Merrill property. Black Falls is 21 minutes (13 miles) from the inn is one of the higher falls. To get there take Camp Wahsega Road until you see the concrete barricades that indicate you’ve reached the main Ranger camp entrance area and take a left to continue on Camp Wahsega Road, go 0.5 miles and take a right onto Cloverleaf Trail. If the gate is open you can go in. To get to Montgomery Creek Falls you will again turn left to continue on Camp Wahsega road after seeing the Ranger Camp main entrance and go 0.2 miles then a right onto Merrill Drive. This is the most remote of all of the waterfalls and requires fording the Etowah River and using the old logging road. We can provide more detailed directions to guests staying with us or you can check with the Chamber Welcome Center downtown.
Stay with us and enjoy one of the many Dahlonega waterfalls. For more Dahlonega area attractions visit https://georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/