Smith Creek Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Smith Creek Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sautee Nacoochee, GA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.9 miles 1932 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Helen: Take GA 75 north 1 mile. Turn right on GA 356 and drive 1.5 miles. Then go left at the entrance to Unicoi State Park. Follow the signs to Anna Ruby Falls parking area.There is a parking Fee

hiking
7 months ago

We had a great hike. The weather was awesome and the trail was beautiful. All the flora was full and the streams crystal clear.

hiking
7 months ago

great trail. hiked from the falls to Helen 8.26 miles. It cost 3.00 fee per person to drive to the falls.

7 months ago

awesome alternative to the main Anna Ruby falls trail.

10 months ago

1 year ago

Nice hike, has some solid terrain

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail. One head is by Unicoi Lake with the other at Anna Ruby Falls. Fair warning, it is $5 to get into Unicoi, then another $3/person to get into Anna Ruby Falls. This trail is really great and we hiked South to North, which is from the campground to the falls. It runs along a campground for the first part, then starts to climb pretty gently along a couple of streams. After some time you ascend and have great views up the fingers toward the ridgeline. The openness of it gives you great forest vistas and good chances at spotting wildlife.

After about 4 miles the trail descends down towards the falls and you are greeted with one of the best falls in Georgia as well as a few hundred people who took the shortcut and drove on up.

On 9/20/2015 We ran into a hornets nest about a mile in as did another couple we passed along the way. Multiple stings each so beware. It is a small stream crossing with a couple of small logs as stepping areas. They are aggressive.

I don't recommend a lot of trails without good views but this one is the exception. It is a really easy hike with only a couple of more technical spots and just made for a very pleasant afternoon. You could easily do out and back. We did one way, parking the car and riding down to the trailhead.

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hiking
1 year ago

Enjoyed but not well maintained.

hiking
1 year ago

Very fun and challenging trail that ends at the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls. The trail starts next to the B cabins in Unicoi state park. The trail is easy till you clear the gap at the top then becomes much more challenging with roots and rocks. Not much for views, but you are next to a stream 50% of the time and you walk through tunnels of rhododendrons much of the time. You pop out at the end at Anna Ruby Falls which is amazing! Lots of bear sign and overall a very cool trail!

1 year ago

1 year ago

Great out and back hike. Beautiful waterfall. You may see all types of wildlife. I've seen deer, turkey, and hogs. Bear sign is there also

1 year ago

This is a very nice moderately difficult hike. The directions on this app are misleading. The trail starts near the lake where the campers checked in. Or you can drive up to and I have Ruby Falls pay your admission fee and hike down to the lake. I recommend hiking from the lake up to the Falls because it is a steady climb up . At the fall you can take a quick break and grab a snack at their concession stand then hike back down the lake.

hiking
3 years ago

A fairly simple hike for the most part that offered a few moments requiring thought before the next step. There were a few spots that caused hesitation due to the excessive amount of rainfall the last couple of weeks. (The presumed bear smell also caused pause.) The washed out look of some areas might have you wondering if you're still actually on the trail. Some full streams and a few clusters of shifted boulders and large fallen trees added to the adventure. The nearly picture perfect day increased the number of greetings along the way, but many opportunities remained on the round-trip to allow long moments of gratifying introspection.

hiking
3 years ago

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hiking
5 years ago

Great trail, definitely a good work out. Hiked it round trip. Needs some trail maintenance though. One area was very challenging.

hiking
5 years ago

Nice little trail. Be done by 5pm if you park on the Falls side as they lock the gate. In Fall it is difficult to see some of the holes in the trail so be mindful of where you step.

hiking
5 years ago

Great hike. Took my daughter and had a great time. We started on the Anna rubby fallls side. Got a bit of a late start and the park ranger let us know they close the park gate at 5pm. Finished the trail at 3pm, then called Paddy's taxi to take us back to the car before the gate closes (I guess they take it quite serously as they turned people away at 4:30pm), we had a nice laugh about the situation. So if you are planning the trip get an early start or begin the rip on the Unicoi lodge end of the trail. This is one we will definetly do again! Bring your camera, and be ready for the cardio!

walking
6 years ago

Nice morning hike, especially with temperatures in the 50's. I'm from Florida and enjoy the cooler mornings that GA offers this time of the year. The trail is nice and wide with very little obstacles. Take your camera!