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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
it was short but a pretty falls, went in the rain so the trail was a puddle
Great short hike to interesting waterfall. Unfortunately not flowing much right now. I imagine this is a really pretty waterfall when flowing strong. This is an easy hike virtually all under the forest canopy. USFS campsite also, $12 for campsite $3 day use fee to hike. 2 miles total of one visits both falls.
Nice, easy trails for my sons (10 & 6). We saw a black snake and a bear. Our hike was during the week, so not too many other hikers.
Very loud road noise from motorcycles made it sound like the park was under attack from a swarm of giant mutant mosquitoes. Trashy trails and rude hikers ignoring signs to stay on the trail and off waterfalls kind of killed the rest of the experience. We made the best of it and had a decent time, but won't be going back.
Two waterfalls to see and wroth the short hike to both. It is in the mountains so watch your step on the hills. Only downside is its proximity to HWY129, your view of a peaceful waterfall comes with the soundtrack of motorcycles.