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This was a great hike. I elected to remove my boots and hike up my pants and walk across instead of crossing on the fallen tree. I was happy with my decision when I saw someone fall into the water on my way back. So no the trail isn’t closed, you just have to be creative.

9 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Great little hike to an amazing waterfall.

Don’t do it 20+ weeks pregnant on a 90 degree day lol

21 days ago

Great views of the creek during the hike. Easy on the kids and dogs

Nice easy hike for a large group of people and 3 dogs.

The stairs are tough on your way back up but it is worth it! It’s breathtakingly beautiful!

We came in from Vogel State Park way-very windy one way road with lots of potholes. Waterfall was amazing! Very easy quick walk to it. Trail has stops at bottom, middle and top of falls.

Short trip, lookout at the top is amazing.

Nice and very easy trail. Brought out German Shepherd and it was perfect for him

We really enjoyed this hike on Nov 20. The bridge being out made the hike even more fun for me and my daughter. We crossed on the smaller fallen tree next to the bridge. Note: if you’re balance-challenged (or just don’t want to fall in 2 feet of water), be sure to grab one or two of the hiking sticks that people leave at the trailhead. They are really helpful to work your way across the log.

Beautiful falls quick hike. Great for kids. Takes about 15 minutes to hike with a 6 year old :)

not a trail walk,but beautiful water and covered bridge.

28 days ago

great trail if you are with small kids.
multiple attractions around and you can always drop by to Helen for a burger and beer afterwards.
if you look for serious hikes this trail is not for you.

It is beautiful! You have to drive around a quaint little lake for a little while to get to it but it’s a very short walk. The drive combine with the walk made it even better for me. It’s a little steep at first, I wouldn’t recommend taking your grandma or someone in a wheelchair but it was gorgeous! I don’t feel like the photos do it justice. We’ll be back.

This was absolutely amazing. Mid November rain had the cascade rolling. Such a magical area. The drive along the lake was beautiful as well.

Great for the family!

1 month ago

Unexpectedly beautiful waterfalls. Moderately busy on weekends in the Fall.

on Hemlock Falls Trail

1 month ago

The stairs are difficult but worth it.

1 month ago

not really a hard hike but you can see the beauty of nature

nature trips
1 month ago

Enjoyed this quick visit.

This is my new favorite - had a little bit of everything - Hiked this Sunday, Nov 11, 2018, So many things to do. I believe the waterfall is one of the best I have seen in the Ga Mountains. Weather was perfect: sunny and 40 degrees. Wore jacket on way down and stowed it on the way up. Met some really nice people. As others said the bridge was destroyed but not hard using the fallen trees to cross. There is a sign about the route being closed due to the bridge. Please ignore that and enjoy yourself. Last point, if your vehicle does not have the clearance needed to cross a small creek you will need to walk a pretty good distance to start this hike. Not sure how far - someone else would know the distance. I drove the hike in a 2015 F250 Lariat - plenty of clearance.

on Anna Ruby Falls Trail

1 month ago

I really liked these falls. Easy to get to, the path is steep- beautiful

Unfortunately when we arrived there, we found NO DOGS ALLOWED!!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

The stairs are difficult but the beautiful waterfalls below are more than worth the effort!!

I have hiked about 100 trails with waterfalls and this trail is by far the most beautiful! Very easy hike in and out. Well marked and maintained.
There are actually two falls at the end with a smaller one along the way.
I would give it 10 stars if I could!!

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....

1 month ago

Great trail for all ages!

1 month ago

The stairs are tough but the reward is worth it! Beautiful falls. Be aware the stairs are metal and hard on little dogs’ paws - I wound up carrying mine part of the way.

super fun!

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