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Amazing waterfall! Keep this in mind: there are two ways to get the waterfall. One is via a trail in the woods which you get to by entering the visitor center and going out the back door. The other is via stairs that run next to the waterfall. To get to the stairs you need to go past the visitor center and walk up the road a bit. The trail is fairly steep with some moderate terrain if you are amateurs like us. NOT recommended for dogs or kids. Nonetheless it only takes about 40 minutes to get to the top of the waterfall via the trail. We walked back to the visitors center via the stairs which offers some amazing photo opportunities.

Great views from the top. The middle elevations were really starting to melt on my way down, but the top was still very icy. Spikes worked well for me all the way to the tower.

Great quick hike with the kiddos (8 and 5). Only took an hour and thats with stopping to picnic at the top. Pretty nice views along the top for the minimal effort to get to the top. Was a little muddy still but not too bad

Great views from the top! Nice, quick ascent for a great view payoff!

great quick hike for the family, kids ranged from 7 to 17. Beautiful views.

Just beautiful, it was well worth the strain of climbing the steps to the top. I would definitely go again!

Nice view of the falls. If you have a dog you probably want to skip going up the stairs. They are open metal gratings and many dogs wouldn't use them. Actually saw a couple of people having to carry their dog. Makes a strenuous hike into a stressful hike.

The Eastern Ridge portion has some great mountain views but none of the falls. A good portion is a rutted out old gravel road that was more difficult to navigate.

We got a little more workout than planned for a short 2.1 mile hike. 610 foot vertical puts a lot of strain on your calves. The upper section of the eastern loop, is an abandoned, washed out road with large rocks. The lower section is a nice wooded switchback trail. The steps on the western loop are in good shape, mainly made of steel mesh. Great views. Do checkout the lodge. Great spot to sit on the deck and relax.

hiking
11 days ago

Probably one of the easiest mountains I have done I have NO idea when it’s listed as hard ! Trail had minimal snow towards the top but spikes and shoes are no longer needed ! Beautiful views

nice view

Great hike! Pretty easy until you get towards the top. Still a good amount of snow on the last mile. Best view you'll get is about 3 miles in. Off to the left an opening. Not much of a view on top but still an a good experience to go up

great trail, beautiful view, moderate level

My family went here in August. We had 3 adults, 1 toddler and 1 elderly in a wheelchair, most of the paths up to the waterfall have tire rubber and so can take stroller/wheelchair, also lots of opportunity to drive up to top so if you can’t make it. It was gorgeous and we had lots of fun (except it was tough pushing my 200lb grandma in her wheelchair!!) highly recommend it, love how you don’t have to be an avid hiker to enjoy it but you also can be because part of Appalachian trails. Can’t wait until my daughter is older and we get to hike a portion of it’s trail together!

love this trail. My 2.5 year old climbed all the stairs without having to be carried! Beautiful views!!!

love the hike and the upper portions are misted by the falls. it's A'1.

hiking
19 days ago

great workout. awesome views

pretty good trails, the waterfall is beautiful. The problem I had was the litter everywhere.

Beautiful trail. Amazing views at the top!

The southeastern portion of the trail, which we took on the way down from the falls was the only portion that actually felt like a “trail”. I have the hike a rating of 5 because of how amazing the falls are. The park is very clean and it’s interesting to see the folks that are making their way to the AT. We added about a mile of the Hike Inn trail to give us some time on the trails. Be prepared to get a great workout climbing the falls. If you want to spend some time in the woods on the real trails, I would recommend parking at the bottom, middle and top sections of the falls to get a few good looks at the falls. I would then spend my time on the AT approach trail starting at the top of the falls. You can also take the Hike Inn trail if you prefer.

Pretty walk. Lots of stairs for a good workout. The falls was beautiful

Took nearly 7 hours on snowshoes. Had to break the 2nd half of the trail.

This was a very cool spot to visit. There is 175 wooden steps to the top of the falls which are the biggest in the state of Georgia. There will be plenty of people enjoying the falls so if you want to be away from people this isn't the spot. You won't forget some of the views and sights and is a must if you're visiting the state of Georgia.

Nice state park. 5$ entry. Very Family friendly and easy to access, hence it's pretty popular. Don't let that stop you from going. Good views. Caught a ranger giving a talk about Owls at the lodge. 15$ buffet, to stuff yourself after hiking. Great view from lodge.

Nice Trail with lots of views. Lots of ups and downs.

Great snowy views!

hiking
1 month ago

Went to ATKO today. Took the stairs to the top of the falls, which I highly recommend. It’s tough but take your time and it’s not THAT bad. Well work the views. Visit the lodge while you’re up there. Took the East Ridge trail back to the visitors center. Great weather today!!

Such a great area, everything you would need for all ages. Because of this it is extremely busy, I recommend getting there as early as you can to avoid the crowds and kids. $5 parking with lots of available spots. Great for a quick workout or a full day of hiking and picnicking. My personal favorite, if you've already experienced the waterfall before, is taking the East Ridge Trail up the mountain and taking the stairs back down. Definitely broke a sweat and was ready for a break when I got to the top.

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