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Down hill stroll all the way to the falls and an uphill hike back. Great for the family and not to difficult. Nice big falls at the end.

on DeSoto Falls Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Short but nice trail.

It's a nice walk in the woods. It's not to long. Getting to the lower falls does have some incline, but nothing serious. The upper falls are a breeze to get to. I like the fact that it doesn't take forever. It's a good date hike. Carry a bottle of water. The Georgia humidity is crazy right now with all the rain.

A good workout hike uptill the top of the cliff. The waterfall is gorgeous and accessible. I went in the fall and the water was icecold but it was fun to be able to reach to it. Had a great time.

hiking
3 days ago

It a neat short 2 mile hike to 2 small waterfalls.... 1 from the lower loop and other from the upper one.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful, but very short

enjoyable hike to the falls. the trail to the top is a workout.

awesome trail with great views. not to strenuous until the last climb to the waterfall. worth the climb.

Easy trail along Scenic Smith Creek, but costs $3 per person and is usually busy: hardly “lightly trafficked,” as indicated. Still, we saw a small bear across the creek. Nice.

This is a stroll not a hike :-) The falls are worth visiting.

Nice, peaceful trail. Saw a small bear by the parking lot.

Arrived at the trailhead by 8:15 on a Friday morning. I came after several days of heavy rain and definitely had to navigate some muddy spots. But it was well worth it. The river was roaring and the falls were awesome. I didn’t come across anybody until on my way back out. Finished and back to the car by 10:15. I thought this a relatively easy hike until the end where you do see more elevation gain. For anybody hesitant to go on this trail you do come across several falls early on and could definitely turn around sooner and would still be satisfied. Followed it up with a trip to Dukes Creek Falls and then some wine tasting in Helen. Lovely North GA day trip.

hiking
15 days ago

Early morning hike on the Monday after father's day. No other hikers the entire out and back. One of the overlooks is closed since a tree fell on it, doing significant damage. The other overlook is open and several spots where you can get down to the water.

Nice hike but more crowded than I would like on a weekend. Mid June and the rhodedendrons were just starting to bloom at the start of the trail. Almost no blooms yet higher up. The mushroom and fungus diversity was spectacular.

hiking
17 days ago

Great fun for the whole family.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy out and back through and amazingly beautiful valley. Despite the damage to the upper observation deck by a fallen tree, the view of the two falls at the end was well worth it. The trail was well maintained and in excellent condition. The grade was surprisingly easy. We’d go again.

Easy simple and beautiful

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful falls. Will definitely go back once the upper deck is fixed

hiking
22 days ago

Pretty trail, even though it’s really easy and paved. Worth doing, although more of a troll than a hike

Started on the right side behind the visitor's lodge and hiked up, then took the steps back down. Highly recommend going in the morning before it gets hot and people start flowing in! We were finished around noon (on a Sunday) and the steps were packed with people on our way down. Also as a previous review stated please do not take your dog on the steps! There are so many other ways up or down that are less painful for them.

hiking
24 days ago

Easy short hike. The 1.5 mile dirt road to the trail head wasn’t too be but I could see this being a challenge on a rainy day. The waterfall and pool were awesome. Easy to get to and enjoy. Water was a little cold but you adjust on a warm day.

hiking
24 days ago

The falls are very nice. Lots of people

Very short little hike. the trail is very welll kept and the views are sensational

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful view! Super helpful staff.

Fantastic trail for all ages! Beautiful double waterfalls!

Tough for some but a must for most.

We completed this trail 7/23/18. Trail was cool and shaded all the way through. Incline was gradual for the most part until the end when it gets pretty steep. I thought the terrain was quite challenging for a moderate trail. You definitely need to watch your step in some places especially when wet and muddy. There are some great overnight camping areas along the stream. Hiking time for our group was 90 mins in and 90 mins out. We spent about 30 mins hanging around the waterfall at the end enjoying the nice cool water. So 3.5 hours total. Our group consisted of me and my wife, late 40s and our 15-year old daughter and friends ages 15-17. The teens really enjoyed the trail. Good fun overall.

These falls are stunning and the walk up there is beautiful as well. We took my 80 year old mother to see them. She uses a walker and on the very steep bits (which there are several) she had to sit and be pushed. Coming down this way was a tad harrowing. While it is wheelchair accessible, it is very steep in places, so whoever is pushing needs to be prepared for a good work out going up and down. But is was worth the effort, especially to see the look of joy and wonder on my mom's face.

Easy to moderate hike! Loved all the waterfalls. Trail was muddy in certain spots which can cause some slippage. Whole trail was 5 miles. Very cool places to stay overnight. Heavy traffic on this trail. We loved it!

Perfectly shaded and cool, even in the hot summer months. The terrain changes quite a bit, so wear appropriately-treaded shoes, not flippy floppys.

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