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The Chattahoochee National Forest covers 749,689 acres in north Georgia, managed by six ranger districts. Over 40 percent of the land in Fannin County is national forest land (106,000 acres). 40,006 acres are located in the Cohutta Ranger District and 66,097 in the Blue Ridge Ranger District. The forest receives more than 10 million visitors each year.

This trail is a delight! We got in at Hwy 28 and hiked down into Georgia. There are plenty of campsites along either tributaries or on the Chatooga. Some good ups and downs, but nothing too bad and the views of the river coming down from the mountains are fantastic.

It's a beautiful waterfall, & pretty easy to keep along trail. downfall was coming back up. Definitely harder coming up, than when going down. Coming up had me sweating lol. I wish we could've gotten in the water though, that would've made it so much better.

Great views and several waterfalls. Tight in a few spots and it is very populated.

Gorgeous trail! The Falls are beautiful. Upon getting close to the falls, the trails veers left to quickly take you to Blue Hole Falls which is the falls above High Shoals. If you choose not to veer left, keep taking the main trail down- mountain (you'll encounter switchbacks) and it will take you right up to High Shoals. Only saw a few people on the trail, very tranquil. Not much in the way of wildlife on my trek

**When entering the paved road to the trailhead there is a creek that flows over top of the road.

I can't say how many times I've hiked this over the years (it's great!). A pretty easy trail that winds its way along the river. At the falls, one can go up a pretty steep embankment to get to the top of the falls. Although dog friendly, getting to the top of the falls was a bit challenging with my German Shepherd. It's also a great area for camping, just be aware that black bears are in the area, so bring an Ursack or bear canister as the bears are pretty smart there.

Hiked this trail with my 67 year old father, wife 7 months pregnant, 1 year old, 3 year old, 5 year old, and 7 year old. We had a fun time on the trail and the falls were worth the hike. Moderate rating is appropriate.

Love this hike and I've done it several times over the years. Its a short trek but it has fantastic falls at the end. There are two falls, the better of the two is a slightly more difficult climb up tree roots behind the smaller falls you initially walk up to. Camping sites along the trail are plentiful and for those who like the comfort of having a vehicle nearby then this is perfect in that aspect as well.

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12 days ago

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14 days ago

One of my favorite day hikes for ecological variety, cleanliness, and solitude. Have hiked it at least a half-dozen times; great in any season. In spring there are lots of wildflowers & trees in bloom.

Beautiful trail not too hard . The river runs the length of the trail. Plenty of spots to stop a long the way and eat a snack . can't wait to go back again.