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3 days ago

Enjoyed this quick visit.

Beautiful, easy hike to the falls. Great setting with easy, safe photo opportunities. This trail was active with many groups of hikers of all ages. We started our day with 3 Forks Trail Loop across the trail head and then ended with this hike to the falls. We are glad we made the extra effort to see the falls. Also appreciated that the loop we did first was quieter and less traveled. The two hikes together give the best of both worlds if you are fit enough to hike 7+miles in a day.

Yea, this trail is not where the app says it’s at
Shoot club across the street must be tired of this question

Easily my favorite hike in North Georgia. Can’t wait to come back in winter and sit under the falls.

6 days ago

Pretty, and easy walk

Great waterfall and an easy hike.

8 days ago

Easy trail, nice falls but I’d recommend going after rains for better water flow.

Perfect time of year to hike this trail! Beautiful colors and scenery. Recommend stopping mid-way and taking the steep little trek to the smaller falls before the larger falls . . . both are amazing!

gorgeous waterfall!, took creek trail up and and it wasn't a bad hike at all. going down we went down east ridge trail which was pretty sketchy. lots of loose rocks and erosion. I would def do this again...

Quick walk to eaither the upper or lower falls. I would rate it as easy with clearly marked paths. Wonderful hearing the water running while walking....

Beautiful scenery.

very busy trail, not particularly my favorite. it is short enough and worth seeing one time. Good for kids.

Hit it on 11/4/18. The weather was beautiful and the falls are just the finale of a series of great sights and sounds. Some of the rocks are rough for very young and inexperienced hikers. Definitely a great day hike or one-night outing!

Awesome trail! Steps were a good workout. Beautiful views of the falls. Not that crowded of a trail. Very rocky in some places so watch your step!

Beautiful place for fall. Several trails within the park. Worth the trip! Lots of camping and other park activities to do. Trail had a lot of rocks in it. Very well kept and wonderful.

Trail starting behind the visitors center to the falls is the best direction to take due to the condition of the trail and rocks.

17 days ago

Barely even a walk from the parking area, these falls are an easy two-fer! The lower falls are great for splashing around and cooling your feet after a long day of hiking. The upper falls are larger and more photogenic. Definitely navigate your way to the parking area by coming from Gainesville Hwy (Vogel State Park area). My GPS took me in from the other side (348) and that was a huge mistake! Poorly maintained dirt road that requires you to drive through a large creek. Wasn't sure my car was going to make it through the water and mud.

18 days ago

Great trail with many families along the way. Just be aware that their road getting to the trail is a bit one-way, so if you have a larger vehicle you may need to pull over at times for oncoming traffic

20 days ago

Gorgeous, easy walk around the lake. Perfect for all ages, and there’s a beautiful waterfall you can choose to walk to as well while going around the trail.

20 days ago

This was an easy trail that lead to a gorgeous waterfall! We brought my 8 year old brother with us and he had no issues. If you are into exploring creeks, it’s easy to get into this one and do some off-trail adventuring!

Loved this trail. Parked at the visitors center and took the trail behind it, up to the top of the falls. It was a very steep climb and very rocky in some parts. There were a couple of lookout points along the way that offered spectacular views of the surrounding area. You can’t see the falls from the top, so we decided to take the hundreds of steps down to the base. The stairs wrap around the falls and the view gets better as you go down. There are many spots to stop and rest or take pics. The stairs can be a bit daunting for someone who has a fear of heights, such as myself. However, it was absolutely worth it! Once at the bottom, we walked back to the parking lot. The signage was not the best and we ended up street walking for a good portion. There were some trails marked, but we weren’t sure where they would end. Overall, Im so glad that we visited.

I absolutely loved this trail! We did it at dusk, which was probably a bad choice considering how steep it is, but it was lovely anyways. Plus we got to catch the sunset. Other reviewers are right about the stairs. They can be brutal. But the views are so, so worth it.

Great family trail, our 10 and 12 year old girls loved it.

Awesome well maintained trails with spectacular views.

This is a good case of what you see is what you get. No surprises on this easiest of easy hikes. We combined the falls hike .7 miles at the end of the lake. The falls were pretty nice.

The Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail is a short drive from my home in North Georgia, so it’s a great local hike for me, regardless of the season.

As its name suggests, the prime time for this hike is in the spring, when the wildflowers are in full bloom. The trail is known to have one of the most diverse offerings of wildflower species in the Southeast. It’s a well-done boardwalk that weaves through the forest floor, minimal in its construction so as to not take too much away from the natural environment. It follows a stream, and there are several platforms with benches–a good spot for a picnic or a long read or chat.

However, there is so much more beyond the canopied boardwalk, when the trail turns to dirt. It leads up a narrow canyon to an impressive, moss-covered falls, which is best viewed after a heavy rain. It’s a very amphitheater-like environment, with natural stairs leading all the way up to the base of the falls, where one can access a cavernous pass-through that isn’t visible until you get right up to it.

From there, one can traverse up a trail that lines the canyon wall, hiking up the the top of the falls, and then following an old road to the North and South Pocket Loop Trails, which offer nice elevation changes as one heads up Pigeon Mountain, passing through forests and meadows, old barns and springs.

Navigational notes: The access road is gravel, but passable for any vehicle. There is handicapped parking right at the trailhead, and the boardwalk section of the trail is wheelchair accessible.

Nearby: Rock Town and Zahnd are both great for bouldering and general rock maze exploration. The nearby Pigeon Mountain Grill is your best bet for lunch.

Great trail. Lots of steep stair climbing along side of falls.

1 month ago

Drive there was beautiful. Trail was pretty and fairly dry even after all the rain. Falls were worth the short hike. It was the first hike for our Pumi (Hungarian herding dog). All Trails Pro with GPS showed us where we were on the trail which helped us stay on the trail.

It was absolutely beautiful and the finish was very rewarding.

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