The Chattahoochee National Forest covers 749,689 acres in north Georgia, managed by six ranger districts. Over 40 percent of the land in Fannin County is national forest land (106,000 acres). 40,006 acres are located in the Cohutta Ranger District and 66,097 in the Blue Ridge Ranger District. The forest receives more than 10 million visitors each year.
Michelle and I hiked the Len Foote Inn trail and AT approach trail "loop" counter clockwise today. We parked above the falls to avoid the 425 steps. We hit the trail at 10:45am and returned at approx. 5pm.
What a great hike. The weather was mostly perfect (42-52). We were shedding cloths after 3/4 mile in. Had a great lunch at the Inn. Their hospitality was outstanding. We passed numerous people/groups/families out enjoying the woods. Even saw a couple of campers. Met one gentleman from Belgium on the approach trail starting a three day hike to Neels Gap. We encountered some sleet, then drizzle after Amicalola mountain.
So everything I saw said this hike is 9.8 miles. WRONG.....I have four separate devices that register 10.4, 10.78, 10.32, and my GPS showed 11.0. I'll go with my InReach (GPS).
Steven T. on High Shoals Scenic Area and Falls T...
The falls are great will be back.
The trail to the lower falls is pretty much as described by AllTrails, except that is was sort of busy on the Saturday we went. Eye-of-the-beholder notwithstanding, we had it on fair authority that the uppermost falls were not significant, so we were content to pass on the day we went. YMMV
Took the hubby and the kiddos (10 & 5) on an adventure- it was a great hike. By the end back up the youngest was ready to be done, but it was a beautiful hike. The leaves were falling the weather was amazing. The drive in was a little tough and you do have to drive through a small creek, but once you park and hike to the falls the ride in is completely worth the bumpy gravel road in.
Todd H. on Raven Cliff Falls Trail
Hike is very scenic, almost entirely under forest canopy. Very well traveled, stays exceptionally busy. This appears to be a very popular place for hike in overnight camping. Parking lot stays very full, I would guess half the cars are people camping. The actual Raven Cliff Falls are not flowing much if anything now, but the entire hike follows a creek with several smaller falls. Dumpster at entrance overflowing with trash stacked all around it, and the pit toilets did smell big time. This is an enjoyable hike. Suggest finding odd hours or very early morning to avoid crowds and parking issues.
Karina T. on High Shoals Scenic Area and Falls T...
the waterfall was beautiful. lots of butterflies all around. very well maintained trail. the road driving in was a little rough but overall a beautiful hike.
Hiked in and out on 10.15.16.
The parking lot at the trailhead was full, people were parking on the roads. Bathrooms smelled really bad. Garbage dumpster was so full, there were trash bags piled all around it. Disgustingly overcrowded. Most hikers were rude, ready to run you off the trail. Most wore jeans and flip flops.
The trail itself was easy to hike. We had 3 of our kids with us, 13, 11, and 6 and they had no trouble making the round trip. Smaller waterfalls along the route were nice and the creek that the hike follows was a nice sight and sound. The anticlimactic point ? There was no water at the final , "big" waterfall. It was trickling water. Bummer.
Worth to hike once, but due to overcrowding will not come back.