DeSoto Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Dahlonega, Georgia

DeSoto Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.1 kilometer heavily 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 walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.1 km Elevation Gain: 49 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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bugs
1 day ago

Two short out and back waterfall hikes, very pretty we went with our 7 month old and were done in time for a nap on the way home. Trails are open campgrounds closed 6/2/2020

3 days ago

Park and trails open. Nice hike with two trail options. Two waterfalls with observation decks. Small parking area.

I'm giving DeSoto Falls Trails 5 stars because you get two waterfalls in one hike, both of which are magnificent. Trail is nice, well shaded, and not too rigorous .

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closed
1 month ago

April 4th 2020 PARK IS CLOSED

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fee
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful and well-maintained trail! Just challenging enough. Gorgeous falls, creek, and flora. Well worth a visit!

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3 months ago

We had a great hike today on this trail. Good terrain, path easy to follow and locate. The trail has white blazes, but you don't really need them. The easy rating is accurate. Great views of the falls, for all ages. Looks like ideal places for camping.

4 months ago

Great trail for all and it does not take alot of time to do it. You will be rewarded with two beautiful waterfalls when you are finished with both trails.

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4 months ago

i really love reading the low reviews, one guy gave the the trail a 1 star because trees were down after hurricane Irma. LOL. i tried to do the trail in sept 2017 after the hurricane but it was closed. maybe i should give the trail a low rating for being closed after the hurricane like another person did. LOL LOL. well i just got doing the trail this morning on a cold, high winds sunny day and i enjoyed ever step. both falls were running good and got some nice pictures. if your looking for an very easy family friendly trail thats easy to follow with some nice rewards. i strong recommend this trail. but maybe i should give the trail a 1 star rating for high winds. lol. sry i can't help myself. oh yeah its near the road so you might hear some traffic. another reason why somebody gave the trail a low rating. lol. oooppps i did it again. lol

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4 months ago

A lotta falls for a short easy hike Trail was in good shape even after heavy rains Pretty drive here

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4 months ago

Great hike!!! The lower Falls even though they are a shorter hike is more strenuous than the upper Falls but both very easy

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4 months ago

Great hike to get back into hiking did two waterfall, the upper fall was a nice hike the lower was a bit steep but both waterfalls was a great view.

4 months ago

Easy trail. Dog friendly, pleasant but no challenge.

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5 months ago

Upper falls super easy, lower falls nice walk with some inclines and steps.

5 months ago

nice waterfalls. we had a group of kids ages 3-10 do it and they all had fun. each waterfall trail starts at the head and goes in opposite directions, buts short enough to easily do both

fee
5 months ago

A well maintained trial that is heavily used. We arrived early, 8:30am, on January 1st, 2020 and the parking area was empty. The trail was easy and the falls were nice. We only saw one other group on our way back.

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fee
5 months ago

Good for families and small kids. There is a small fee to park.

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6 months ago

Great trail! Our newly three year old’s first hike all on her own without any time in the pack and she did great! 3/4 mile in and out to top falls and then another 1/4 mile to the lower falls. Not highly crowded the day we went. We will be back to camp!

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6 months ago

Really beautiful Trail you get to see two different waterfalls on. If you would like to check it out beforehand I uploaded a video to YouTube just search "Snooch tv" and look for a Desoto Falls video.

camping
6 months ago

Great place to camp! Easy access to the trails to both waterfalls and it's not a strenuous hike at all.

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6 months ago

The only reason this isn’t a 5-star for me is because the amount of road noise you can hear from the trail disrupts the serenity of the forest and the babbling creek. Fantastic trail - easy to navigate. Some elevation could push those who aren’t in the best of shape but they aren’t too difficult. Plenty of benches to rest along the way. Beautiful hike.

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7 months ago

11-3-19. Bobby, Michael and I did this trail.

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7 months ago

Beautiful short hike to the falls. Benches along the way.

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blowdown
7 months ago

Tree down just before lower falls. Had to crawl under to get to falls.

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8 months ago

Very easy hike up and back. An easy trail to add on to your day if you want to hike multiple places. Very nice quiet campground at the base of the trail. I’ve stayed there multiple times and would recommend it.

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8 months ago

Great quick trail with 2 water falls!

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bugs
8 months ago

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9 months ago

the upper falls trail was not to bad. it had a few hills but overall easy. the lower falls trail was a lot more elevation gain in a short distance. it had stepp inclines and stairs.

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10 months ago

Nice, short, easy hike. $5 to park. FYI

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muddy
10 months ago

very clearly marked and beautiful falls

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