The Best North Georgia Waterfalls & How to Experience Them

Waterfalls are one of nature’s most enchanting shows. Maybe it’s the sound of rushing water, the misty breeze you feel when you’re up close, or the never-ending display of sheer beauty that makes them so captivating. Whatever the reason, we’re delighted to have several spectacular waterfall trails within driving distance of the Sylvan Valley Lodge. With this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the best North Georgia waterfall trails!

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The Best North Georgia Waterfalls

The Waterfalls of Tallulah Gorge State Park


Tallulah Gorge State Park boasts a collection of some of the best waterfalls in Georgia including Tallulah Falls, L’Eau d’Or Falls, Oceana Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Hurricane Falls, and Cascade Falls. A network of trails winds through this 2,689-acre paradise leading to the various waterfalls. You can explore the rim trails that lead to several overlooks or obtain a free permit to hike down to the Tallulah Gorge floor. One of the most magnificent canyons in the eastern United States, Tallulah Gorge stretches two miles long and is nearly 1,000 feet deep.

In addition to the falls, the nature reserve offers fabulous sightseeing opportunities. With an abundance of plants and wildlife, the Tallulah Gorge State Park is truly an enchanting oasis perfect for a day trip.

Toccoa Falls Trail

At 186 feet, Toccoa Falls is known to be the highest free-falling waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Twenty-six feet higher than Niagara Falls, Toccoa Falls is a spectacular site that can be accessed from a leisurely half-mile trail. This is a perfect site to visit if you want to see a beautiful waterfall without having to take a long walk. Pack a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy an afternoon with fresh mountain air and serene natural beauty.

The Toccoa Falls Waterfall is nestled in the Northeast Georgia mountains in Toccoa, GA. It’s located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College near the southern tip of the Nantahala National Forest. The trail can be accessed through the college campus welcome center, Gate Cottage, and is open 8:30 a.m. to sundown. After enjoying the waterfall, you can stroll around the lovely 1,000-acre wooded campus surrounding the falls.

Anna Ruby Falls Trail

In the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest near the Unicoi State Park, you can discover the rare double Anna Ruby Falls. The lovely paved trail leading to the two roaring falls is less than one mile in length and is stroller, pet, and wheelchair-friendly. Although the falls are undeniably the main attraction, the trail itself is beautiful. Winding through the forest along a babbling creek, the slightly uphill trek provides stunning views and great opportunities for spotting wildlife.

Raven Cliff Falls Trail

Nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Raven Cliff Falls Trail is a breathtaking 4.7-mile loop that extends through the beautiful North Georgia wilderness. As you wind through the lush green forests leading to the Raven Cliff Falls, you’ll travel alongside a rushing trout stream. The stream provides the perfect spot for your dog to cool off along the way! The moderate-level trail is good for all skill levels. Be prepared for a healthy walk, but nothing too intense!  

Dukes Creek Falls Trail

Also in the Smithgall Woods State Park, Dukes Creek Falls Trail extends just over two miles around the park and is a great trail for all skill levels. The short hike features a partially-paved trail and occasional wooden boardwalks and stairs leading to the falls. View the breathtaking Dukes Creek Falls from a wooden observation deck where you can see the falling water meet a serene pool 150 feet below. If you’re looking for a full-day adventure, use this trail as a warm-up for the moderate Raven Cliff Falls Trail above!

Amicalola Falls Trail

the stunning Amicalola Falls in north Georgia

This well-marked moderate trail begins at the bottom of the Amicalola Falls and works its way upward along wooden steps. You’ll pay a $5 entrance fee before parking in the State Park, but the parking lot is large and offers several spaces. The series of steps up is well worth the views of cascading water falling over 700 feet to the bluff. The trail can get busy, so we recommend arriving early!

Minnehaha Falls Trail

A short and sweet trail less than one mile in length will lead you to the majestic Minnehaha Falls. The gently flowing waters provide a great spot for a swim! One of the most popular trails, Minnehaha Falls can get busy. We recommend arriving early in the morning to marvel at the falls with the fresh light of day!

Fun Fact: The name “Minnehaha” comes from the Dakota Indian tribe word for “waterfall”!

Panther Creek Waterfall Trail

The Panther Creek Waterfall Trail is the most difficult hike on our list stretching 11.6 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest. Although challenging, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of multi-tiered cascading falls that tumble into a deep pool of water. Be sure to pack your swimsuit so you can take a dip in the falls to cool off! The sandy beach and large flat rocks surrounding the falls provide the perfect place to sunbathe, relax, and take in North Georgia’s natural beauty.

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for the best place to stay with easy access to the wonderful North Georgia waterfalls mentioned above, look no further than the Sylvan Valley Lodge. Nestled in the gorgeous North Georgia mountains, our charming accommodations feature stunning views, the softest linens, and comfortable furniture. During your stay, we’ll provide you with everything you need for a restorative, fun, and memorable vacation!

Our Great Outdoors Package provides the perfect compliment to your waterfall adventures. Enjoy two nights of cozy accommodation along with a wine tasting, gourmet picnic for two, hiking trail and waterfall maps, and more!

Step away from your busy routine and give yourself a chance to relax and recharge at the Sylvan Valley Lodge. Check availability of all our accommodations now and book your stay today! We can’t wait to host you on the perfect North Georgia escape.