DeSoto Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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DeSoto Falls Trail [CLOSED] 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

closed

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
5 months ago

Went to hike this trail today but it is closed due trees down and damage from hurricane Irma.

5 months ago

Easy short hike. Few hills. As long as you don't have health problems it is easy walk. Went to upper falls.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a nice short hiking trail with two sets of water falls, the upper and lower. The upper is about .75 mi from the main placard and ends at a wooden observation deck marked by a caution sign. The trail to the left of the placard goes to the lower falls, which requires a steeper hike of about .25 mi to another deck. The trails to both falls are well maintained. Trails that are not maintained continue beyond both falls, but we did not hike them. Great trail for hikers of all ages.

hiking
7 months ago

Falls were nice. Trail is in a campground. Nice little walk. Watch out for snakes, we came across 2 along side the trail.

8 months 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Great for kids!

camping
9 months 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.
http://www.alaneinthewoods.com/adventures/desoto-falls-helen-ga-2017/

9 months ago

Great short hike.

hiking
9 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.

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
11 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Desoto Falls has two waterfalls. The lower falls trail (more like path) is narrow and steep. It zig zags up the mountain, and the waterfall is a bit of a disappointment. The upper trail is nice. It's an easy hike, and the waterfall is much bigger and prettier.

11 months ago

It was a beautiful day to go hiking. This trail was very well maintained, nice gravel track, and plenty of picnic spots. This was truly an easy trail to do. This would be a great hike for kids too.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

If the water was flowing better it had potential to be really something beautiful. A short hike, good for the kiddies to get a taste of hiking. Parking is $3. Make sure to go after a rain for best chance at good water flow.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

it was short but a pretty falls, went in the rain so the trail was a puddle

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