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.

Length2.6 miElevation gain672 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlife
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Diana Daniels
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Heavy rains last night so some of the trail was a river. Parking area across the street from trail. This is part of the Benton MacKaye Trail.

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Patrick Mooney
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Allen Hicks
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Sarah Smolinski
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Zac Goss
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Easy short hike, pretty and not busy

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Josh Cunningham
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Joe Eagens
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Natalie Stevens
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Susie Ceruto
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HikingGreat!

It was a fun short trail and as others have said waterfall is ok. It was a bit crowded for a mid-week and I wish I had known the last 4 miles of the road to the trail head was gravel.

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Jeremy Beaty
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Nice walk in mid January. Definitely a high traffic trail to the falls, but thins out past it. Would've liked to see an overlook at the summit, but still a good experience.

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Jason Heinz
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HikingGreat!

I enjoyed this hike however it just kind of went along with no water other than the initial .8 miles to falls branch falls. Just kind of dry and slowly goes up and around. Then you turn around and come back. Coming back was extremely easy. Trail got a bit tight toward the end which kept it interesting, but there were better hikes such as the Guhati trail or Bear creek.

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Mike Wolf
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Fairly crowded trail. Waterfall was not that impressive and that was after heavy rains. Can find much nicer falls in area. Did not end up hiking full trail as were just a bit underwhelmed.

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Sandip Trivedi
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Louis Schilling
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Great hike. The falls were amazing.

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Jessica Scotten
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Nature tripsGreat!

Lovely short and interesting trail. Very clean and delightful.

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Theresa Spanella
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Very underwhelming trail. Way, way too crowded. Trash - dirty diapers and doggie poo bags - litter the trail. Close to home, but never again.

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J Stephan
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Parking easiest by Falls Branch Falls trail . Hiked counterclockwise and it was beautiful!

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Brianna Michelle
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Beautiful waterfall :) Easy to get to :)

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Faith JOnes
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Trail is easy to find. We went during the week in the afternoon and it wasn’t very crowded. The trail is mostly shaded but lots of trip hazards so watch your footing. Worth going to.

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Lesli Andrews
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Awesome trail both ways. Good for families and very active people. You can always park near the falls and walk 1/2 mile to see it but why would you not hike this loop!

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John DiBias
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Very easy trail to the falls. Most hikers stopped there and took in the falls. We continued up to Stanley Gap Trail head about 1.5 m up the trail from falls. I am from flat Florida and had 2 dogs. It was nice little workout. Hardest part was coming down. Strongly recommend that you arrive before 930 am....after that, that trail and parking area start to get congested.

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Lora lei Mantooth
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Scenic drivingGreat!

A great hike! Had fun hiking this with my dog. A moderate hike, that’s not to long and a beautiful waterfall at the end. Not to mention the BEAUTIFUL drive to this hike. It’s near Rich Mountains about 30 min south of Blue Ridge.

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B Doll
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Jenna Weiss
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The hike to the falls was great. I accidentally walked off the trail missing the turn after the falls. for a flat lander like myself I think the moderate rating is fair. nice shaded trail. I went at 730 am and pretty much had the trail to myself.

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Joshua Mousie
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The trail was easy to find and was somewhat crowded. A great morning hike and a beautiful waterfall along the way. When you get to the Stanley Gap trail marker, go right because going left takes you to a parking lot.

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Jennifer Fortner
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Well maintained with white blazes. The first half mile was crowded heading to the waterfall, but after that, the trail was practically empty. Nice woodland scenery.

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Alyse Schwartz
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Nice trail a bit crowded and thin trails, but nice hike with great plants.

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Martha Pawlicki
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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.

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Brett Croft
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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.

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Maly Carlson
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