Dahlonega Waterfalls

amicalola falls cascading down mountain Dahlonega waterfalls

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 Falls

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

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/

Hiking the Appalachian Trail- Slack packing

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Many guests who stay at our inn take day hikes on the Appalachian Trail. Some want to complete all of the Georgia sections by slack packing.

The trail starts at Amicalola Falls State Park which is aboutslack packing the appalachian trail 40 minutes from the inn by car. A five-mile hike is required before reaching the official starting point of the trail. While you are at the park enjoy the falls as well.

North of the inn are two locations where the trail crosses the main highway. These areas are closer to Cedar House Inn. One is Woody Gap which has parking available. Park in the right parking lot and hike to Preacher’s Rock.  At Blood Mountain the trail also crosses the road. Mountain Crossing, a store with hiking supplies and gifts, is located near the road and trail area. Blood Mountain is the highest part of Lumpkin County and the trail is more strenuous. Many guests like to hike to the trail shelter.

A couple of weeks ago we had guests from Colorado who spent the week at our inn. The purpose of their trip was to hike the Georgia portion of the Appalachian Trail. They were not considered thru hikers but slack packers. Each morning they had breakfast at the inn and dropped their car off near where they would finish their trail hike that day. The Hiker Hostel would meet them at their car and shuttle them to the trail area where they were beginning the day hike. They hiked most of the Georgia portion of the trail using this method. Each evening they came back to the inn for a hot shower, Mary Beth’s cookies and chai tea.

Benefits of slack packing are many. No roughing  it on the trail carrying a heavy backpack in all kinds of weather. No freeze-dried dinners or oatmeal breakfasts. No sleeping on the hard ground. A unique way of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Book a room or yurt with us and try hiking the Appalachian Trail using slack packing. The Hiker Hostel is no longer in business but there are other parties that can pick you up and take you to your car. We have some names or you can check with Uber.

For more information about our inn visit Cedar House Inn & Yurts.