DeSoto Falls Trail

EASY 96 reviews
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DeSoto Falls Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

waterfall

wild flowers

Directions from Cleveland: Take US 129 north for 15 miles. or US 19 north from Dahlonega for 18 miles to the Desoto Falls Recreation Area.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

6 days ago

Fun to see the waterfalls at the end. Two trails to two different falls. Both were decently easy. The shorter trail was the more strenuous, but no very long (1/4 mile) Shaded all the way on both.

14 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Super easy hike with a pretty good waterfall. Plenty of cool flowers and scenery to see on this short hike. Relaxing hike.

27 days ago

Short hike, both falls are gorgeous. Easy and fun.

Great for kids!

camping
1 month ago

Great clean campground. Outhouse and hand-pump water. Sites were very private. Trail was well kept and easy to follow. Great viewing platforms. Only down side is you can here some traffic but it was not a bother.
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2 months ago

Great short hike.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Did the Upper and Lower falls trails on Easter Sunday. Upper Trail is pretty, and the falls are nice. Lower trail is a little steeper and they are quite a bit less impressive. All in all, a good walk, decent scenery, pretty little campground area.

2 months ago

The kids enjoyed this a it (9 and 4). It was a quick hike, a little crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Fairly short hike but has a couple of steep climbs. Very enjoyable! Beautiful scenery

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyable and easy hike for a relaxing day. Very family friendly and suitable for all skill levels.

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hiking
2 months ago

After seeing the lower and upper falls, we continued past the upper falls on a trail that was once maintained but has fallen into disrepair. After a while the trail turned straight up for a brutal slog up the mountain, at the top of which we had pretty good views of a huge waterfall, which we couldn't get to. After getting back down which was lots of fun on that incline, we got back to the creek and followed it upstream off trail to the base of the falls. We had to cross the creek downstream of the falls where it meets the main creek and then cut left. We couldn't get all the way to the base, but we got close and had a really good view. A nice unexpected addition, but not easy.

Edit- after reading more, the mystery falls were actually the upper falls before the trail was closed. One of five counted in the park, although we didn't see evidence of 2 others.

hiking
3 months ago

Parking is $3. There is a rest room by parking area (nothing fancy). The trailhead is back through the RV/camp ground not far from parking. At the trailhead it splits to either Upper Falls 3/4m or Lower Falls 1/4m. The Upper Falls is better and very pretty. The trail is semi-gravel with some muddy spots. It runs close to the camp and road so you may hear loud vehicles. Still 4 stars and well worth the short hike. Good for kids.