Benton Mackaye to Stanley Gap Trail

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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Benton Mackaye to Stanley Gap Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cherry Log, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 672 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

The current response to the COVID-19 emergency has closed several trails and recreation sites in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Please see website for up to date info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/conf/recreation

hiking
12 days ago

It was a very nice experience. The waterfall was great and near the entrance of the trail. We continued towards Rocky Mountain and further along the trail for an extra couple of miles. That extra section of the trail was a steep climb on a narrow trail. The views of the mountains were obstructed by the foliage but the flowers and ferns made up for a very nice nature experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Gotta say this trail was a definite let down. First of all insanely crowded which was a surprise because it’s a good 5 miles off the paved road. The trail starts off easily marked, but you get to the waterfall within the first mile. Again, insanely crowded. Nowhere to just relax by the water. The rest of the hike was pretty peaceful, since most of the people didn’t venture past the waterfall. The people we did pass didn’t seem to care about having their dogs on leashes. I love pups and we take ours on the trail quite frequently, but out of respect for other we always have them on their leash. The “end” of the trail was a lackluster sign at the top of the mountain. Trail forked off to Stanly Gap. This trail reminded me of the overrun Kennesaw Mountain, only without the views. My family retreated to our car and made the hour journey to Long Creek Falls. That’s a hike that never disappoints.

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 months ago

6 months ago

Great trail! Not sure why it's rated moderate. Scenic. Good photo op at the falls. Multiple paths to the falls. After reaching the falls, to return to the road/parking lot, take the stairs up and the trail will take you back...and it is all downhill. Not many roots on this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful day for an evening hike, perfect weather for a nice easy stroll. Everything went well even though Rhonda was a little tired.

hiking
7 months ago

I was out there with my friend Danielle and it was so beautiful. When mother earth and father sun are in perfect synchro with the soil's energy, everything is complete within one's virya. As the day progressed, the new moon became perfectly aligned with Pluto, boding well for any of my Gemini's out there.

hiking
8 months ago

We have walked this trail before (in 2015), and they've rerouted it (love it!). The New Fall Branch Falls, as the shorter trail is called in Alltrails, accurately describes the walk to the falls. This hike includes the Benton Mackaye Trail to the Stanley Gap Trail, for a much longer hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful relaxing hike. A little busy up to the falls from the parking lot, but empty after that.

hiking
9 months ago

This was an amazing experience for sure. My wife and I along with our 2 children 6 & 10 did this trail no problem. With a perfect amount of elevation to get the heart rate up along with the shaded path made it feel like fun over exercise. Total to the falls and back is almost spot on a mile. Encountered a few others along the way but everyone had a smile and were quickly out of site. Great for all ages and fitness levels.

hiking
9 months ago

So fun. Easy for kids! I walked the trail to the falls 31 weeks pregnant and it was definitely doable. Very busy but people were in and out of the area fairly quickly.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail for the family.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail has been moved from what is shown in All Trails. It is now only about 1 mile total in and out. It is well marked and from the number of people using it, very popular.

hiking
9 months ago

Was pretty strenuous. Ended up going on the Benton Mackaye trail and it was pretty much at an incline until we turned around at about 2 miles in. No real sights or anything to see, just looked pretty good the whole way up. We decided to do this trail because of the waterfall, but it was way too busy with people there, so we ended up skipping it altogether

hiking
9 months ago

We didn't do the full trail, we only hiked to the waterfall. But it was a good, easy trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail was well maintained and fairly easy to navigate.

hiking
10 months ago

Only about a 1/2 mile hike, a good trip for the whole family. While some of the trail is steeper than others, it’s still very manageable for those of all skill levels. The falls are nice, definitely better options in the blue ridge area but they are close to town and other activities which make them convenient. If you have an off road vehicle, I suggest once your done to keep going up the road past the entrance. About 10 mins up the road on the left is an old logging road that turns into a fun off roading trail, some pretty technical parts- would need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to go all the way up- disclaimer, it dead ends about an hour of so into the drive and you have to come back the way you cane from.

hiking
10 months ago

pretty double waterfall. cold swimming hole at the top cools you down on a hot summer day! wonderful

11 months ago

nice

hiking
Sun May 26 2019

A 1/2 mile hike with a steep, but manageable, ascent to the falls. Traffic was a bit heavy today due to the holiday weekend, but didn't deter from the experience.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
Wed May 08 2019

hiking
bugs
Mon Apr 29 2019

Fun hike with my family. Would recommend using a walking stick. Falls are a nice reward for the quick hike.

Sat Mar 30 2019

short, easy, quick. great for kids and grandparents.

Sat Mar 16 2019

We love going to these falls. Especially after a good rain.

hiking
Sun Mar 10 2019

Fun little day hike for anyone looking to get out and about for a little while. The falls are the highlight of the trip. When I was there they were really pretty due to all the rain we’ve had lately.

hiking
Fri Mar 08 2019

Short 1/2 mile to falls which are beautiful. You can continue on the Benton Mackaye if you want to extend your hike.

hiking
Tue Feb 05 2019

Nice trail. A little muddy and slippery. Need walking sticks. But waterfalls beautiful!

Fri Jan 25 2019

used the GPS to get to the parking area, only 1/2 mile hike (switchbacks) to the falls

hiking
Mon Jan 14 2019

Nice hike , haven’t hiked for about a year and it wasn’t bad.

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