hiking
10 days ago

The first two miles you're going to wonder why it's classified as "hard." This hike will take you to the very top of the waterfall where it gets the most tricky. You really are climbing/scrambling and the trail can be pretty wet and muddy adding to the difficulty We hadn't realized it at first, but the trail is marked with ORANGE THUMBTACKS. These little suckers will be your best friend. You'll need a truck or SUV to get past the two creeks before the trail. There's another creek right at the beginning of the hike so you will start off with wet shoes! Great hike, but pictures will not do it justice.

Beautiful falls

Difficult hike. Not super long but lots of huge fallen trees. Trail is not clearly marked. You will get your shoes wet. You will be on your hands and knees at times. Well worth it, however.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hidden gem. Definitely plan to protect yourself against the ticks though - we pulled 20+ off my husband and 12+ off our dog. They were in the dog’s ears and in between his toes!!! Like other reviewers said, I’d bring your 4WD vehicle if possible because you need to cross two creeks to get to the trailhead. If you don’t have one, you could always park further up the road and cross the creeks by foot. Recommend wearing whatever shoes you’re comfortable getting your feet wet in!

fun but challenging in places well worth any climbing or log jams

Cool hike up there love the last little bit of the climbe up to the falls, made the whole hike worth it.

Amazing hike! The waterfall is absolutely as great as they say! The directions given by others in their reviews are the only way we got there. Thank you everyone!!

This is one amazing waterfall. You will need a 4 wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance as there are two water crossings on the drive in. Trail is fairly easy all but the last 1/4. Once you reach this point I would only suggest the experienced hiker continue as it is more of a climb to the top. While this climb is difficult and proper footwear is recommend, the effort is well worth it. This is one of the most beautiful sites I have visited in Georgia.

Great little trail. The view from the top was awesome. Definitely my new go to for a stroll. The rocks towards to top were a little slick.

Great for horses. Love the waterfall.

Moderate ok hike

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed the falls, easily accessible via the boardwalk trail. Did the whole loop / Interpretive Trail—Lower elevation wandered through lush rhododendrons, ferns and other evergreens. The trail does go through a lot of clear cut area but there are some mountain views before descending back to the river. I mapped 3.5 miles from parking area and back.
*Follow the paved trail, under the bridge, continue along the boardwalk until the end. The falls are just beyond.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with little traffic and great views that takes up the mountain, if you follow the creek. Definitely one to come back during Spring. Had to cross over the creek twice so a all wheel drive or SUV is recommended, not too demanding but have to cross on foot the creek, so will get feet wet.

Cluster f#%k to try and get to. You need a Jeep to even reach the trail head. Do not recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

rewarding waterfall views; easy to get off the trail; last 1/2 mile up to waterfall is more a climb than a hike (tough) but definitely worth the effort.

hiking
8 months ago

This waterfall is majestic. Trail is not well used, so have to pay attention and follow the creek up the mountain. Scenery is very beautiful as you get a couple miles in when the trail begins to follow directly alongside the creek/waterfalls going straight up the mountain. Difficult climb to the very top of the top waterfall, but we'll worth it. Pack a lunch and a days supply of cannabis for optimal experience. Oh yea, saw a 12ish ft long snake from the trail (about 15 ft away) that had red and black stripes, didn't see it's head. So just be aware and prepared. A machete or firearm would not be a bad idea

Awesome! Half day for sure but totally worth it.

TRAILHEAD: Trailhead is hard to find if your GPS goes off its rocker like mine did towards tail end of directions. But you'll take a left where you see a Cochran Cemetery sign and Blackhawk Drive. You'll cross over two small rivers (not deep).
Amazing cascading waterfalls!!

9 months ago

difficult to find the trail head. follow the road across one creek then take the left fork. go across the second creek and take the right fork. park there and get across the next creek on foot. difficult hike/climb but well worth it! FOLLOW THE TRAIL MARKERS. don't make the same mistake I made and wear tennis shoes. pictures Don't do this falls justice. absolutely stunning.

This is the WMA (aka hunting grounds) that just so happens to have a "trail" on it. It's actually just a gravel access road with a like .5 mile nature trail. Only cool part is the rapids, trail is bleh

I would not recommend these trail. The markings on the trails are lacking clarity.
There is a waterfall on these trails, but I was unable to find any markings as to where the falls were located. Fortunately there were people there riding horses that were able to guide us to it.

hiking
10 months ago

Hard to find the trailhead and have to drive thru 2 creeks . Make sure you cross the creek and hike on the right side. Trail is over there. We learned that after traveling on the left side for a mile. Waterfalls are beautiful. Don’t go when it’s wet since rocks are very slippery and dangerous. Worth the effort to hike to the very top.

Stay to the right and you'll be fine. Once you reach the rock face climbing up to the water fall you are able to turn right and get on top. Be very careful through this part. It is a skinny and steep trail with trail makers the size of a large thumb tack(tacks are orange reflectors). The view at the top is worth the climb with large rock you can sit on right next to the fall.

hiking
10 months ago

I have done this one three times and when the trail is wet/muddy, I regret it and am nervous about slipping and getting hurt. However, when the conditions are dry, it seems like no big deal and I really enjoy myself. So definitely go after a dry period without any rain for a few days if possible.

Also if you have any microspikes or similar that you use in snow/ice, they will help on a trail like this where there are some steep areas. I don't there is any Class 3 climbing but some Class 2, here and there, but nothing major.

So this trail is kidn of overrated for being dangerous, but you still want to be very careful and avoid it when wet.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike ! Really challenging the last quarter of a mile but the rest is relatively flat. Tons of waterfalls.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful area... hiked every trail or so I thought. Just like everyone else said they are in the middle of clearing the trees. So the trees that are marked are spray painted blue, which is also the same color as the trial marker, so this makes it hard to follow the path once at the top. Never found the waterfalls just a few cascades down by the river. The start of the trail is very cool with a wooden path.

This is NOT a hiking trail, it is maintained for horses and bicycles. You may hike there at NO cost. The trail fee is for the horse and bicycle users only. Beyond that, you may hike any place on the management area, you are not restricted to the trails. READ the INSTRUCTIONS at the trail head to save yourself some grief as well as $7.00 If you have any questions or concerns call the Georgia Forestry Commission in Dawsonville or the Georgia DNR in Gainesville at 770-535-5700 and request one of the Wildlife Technicians on Dawson Forest contact you.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great hike for those looking for the less traveled. There were about four people on the trail today, and yes you will need something with all-wheel-drive or better. My little CRV did fine. Cross The first two streams, then park and use water shoes or sandals if you have some. after that third Creek you won't need them. The actual roof of the Falls is a little bit of the ways in, about 2.6 Miles. The trail has many trees falling over it, stick to the right side of the creek and you will eventually climb up past the cascade. Once you get to the top, you'll see the giant rock plateau and another scramble up the right side. Pretty rough going for about a quarter-mile. The effort is well worth it though! Definitely for experienced hikers, don't come out here with pets or sneakers.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Really great hike. Definitely difficult and for experienced hikers. Wear good shoes and don't expect to do the whole hike with your dog. Bring a friend because there is always a possibility of getting hurt and the trail is slippery. If you have a decent vehicle, you'll drive through the first two parts of the creek, then park, then start your hike walking through the third section of the creek. :) have fun!

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

The steps are my favorite!!!!

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