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Well marked, scenic. Probably the best hike in Georgia

Pretty views of the waterfall and canyon are easy to get to! Great hike to do with kids!

I hit the West Rim Loop today and it was amazing! The trails were well-marked and very well-maintained. Took me right at 3 hours and I was moving at a moderate pace with several stops for water breaks and picture takes! Definitely one I’d do again.

hiking
11 days ago

Offers a different overlook perspective of the canyon. I especially like the large boulders overlook. The sections that are near water are beautiful. If you want to see rhododendron, this is the trail you want.

Awesome hike!

hiking
16 days ago

We did the West Rim loop along with Hemlock and Cherokee falls. This place has the feeling of being out west when your actually in Ga. It is a busy spot, but well worth fighting the crowds to see some once an a lifetime spots.

hiking
16 days ago

As my phone had no service and I used the trail map provided by the park, my experience was not what I was expecting. This hike was not difficult, and it was similar to the hiking in Oklahoma around Stillwater, the change in incline was less than I experience in Kansas walking to the river from my house.

hiking
1 month ago

An AMAZING trail if you’re a sucker for water and nice views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike !

Had a blast there this past weekend

hiking
1 month ago

Trail can be busy if you go later in the day. Breathtaking scenery. Trail is not terribly difficult, but still a good work out.
Note: There are rattlesnakes and copperheads out here, just be wary where you step, don't mess with them and they'll give you no trouble.

Beautiful place to go to! Walk further down another trail and you can get to Martha’s falls and jump off cliffs!! Great adventure

hiking
1 month ago

This area is beautiful. The trails are marked well and the whole place is kept up very well! There are a lot of steps on this trail but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I will definitely hike this again!

2 months ago

Not the best trail. Especially not good for kids. High grasses. Lots of bugs. The pond was pretty much a swamp. One bright spot, there are wild blueberries on the trail. Lots of them. All at the first .2 miles, so maybe worth it to hike in and out just to see those.

The trail itself was beautiful especially by the river but there are A LOT of ticks. I highly recommend you and your dogs are treated for ticks before tackling this hike. The trail head actually begins in the state park just beyond the lodge and cabins.

This review and map was not for desoto falls. We hiked a mile in and found small trickle of falls and a beautiful hike. Desoto falls is huge and you drive to it. Stop at the country store to get turn by turn directions

hiking
2 months ago

Great quick trail with expansive mountain views and an intimate path along the river.

Beautiful views! The whole family enjoyed the trail and path is clearly marked. A must do trail!

There is no trail at this location. If there is, it is poorly marked with no clear access point.

hiking
2 months ago

A breathtakingly beautiful trail with interesting terrain changes along the way. Started with waterfalls trail and the dreaded steps (that weren’t nearly as scary and difficult as I thought they would be), which was a great warm up for the rim trail. We took about 3 hours to complete it but we were moving at a leisurely pace and stopped several times to snack and take pics of the beautiful canyon.

This is a beautiful trail with lovely scenery of the canyon. It is very well signed which makes it easily navigated. The scenic overlooks are well constructed and offer great vantage points over the canyon. We saw clouds forming in the canyon which was lovely. It took us 2 hrs 15 mins at a moderate pace. Recommended time is 3 hrs. worth a visit

hiking
3 months ago

Must take the out and back and visit both waterfalls.

walking
3 months ago

great kid friendly day with the kids or the elderly. nothing strenuous with beautiful views of the waterfalls

Hiked for about an hour below the park resturant, lt was fun but challenging I. will do it again when better prepared.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was Great! Lots of good views. Gave us both a good workout. Crowded at first but once you get on the actual loop people are fairly spaced out and not too crowded. Good for dogs too!

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of trail traffic.

hiking
4 months ago

The falls are pretty but the crowds of tourists ruin a lot of the experience

walking
4 months ago

The falls are pretty but the crowds of tourists ruin a lot of the experience

hiking
4 months ago

this trail is in various states of order. it is quite versatile, with several options for "bouldering" right next to the water, or taking an exit up to the bluff to walk along backroad 5 or along to ccc road (gillam trail is part of this). though maps show just 3 exits, there are actually 6 well marked exits all the way down to the river mouthing into the other fork near backroad 5 for a much longer and more scenic hike. not well frequented, lost the trail a few times but easy to follow the river and bluff. it seems the trails haven't been tracked for a while but there are some online efforts to update the maps and trail markings. blissful solitude, just me and the birds.

Work those buns on the way up!

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