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DeSoto Falls Trail

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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 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

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

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
11 days ago

The beginning of the hike goes close to the road but veers of deeper into the forest after about 10 mins. The trail was pretty easy with some moderate parts. Most of the trail runs by the creek which makes for a scenic hike.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice easy to walk trail. There is an upper and lower falls. Upper is 3/4 mile and lower is 1/4 mile. In my opinion the lower is cooler not because of the height but the stone face formations. Do both while your there, they are both worthy.

hiking
13 days ago

Very nice upper and lower falls. Easy hike. Caught a glimpse of a bear at the upper falls.

1 month ago

Only hiked to the Upper Falls but the trail was nice and there is a new viewing platform. However be aware that Desoto falls is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is NOT in or part of Vogle State Park.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice waterfalls and a relatively easy hike. It was a little buggy when we went though. Would still definitely recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

We went to the lower falls and enjoyed it. Our 2y/o was with us and wanted to climb everything herself. We ran into a copperhead but we kept our distance and had no issue. We didn’t go to the upper falls trail but thoroughly enjoyed the creek that follows the lower trail. Our dog was thrilled to have a water source while just walking around.

trail running
2 months ago

Gorgeous short trial up to the upper waterfall. I was in Florida for a couple years and I'm still not quite used to the hills and altitude yet. definitely a good trail to get used to that again though. I loved it

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with very pretty falls. We also enjoyed the picnic area!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with nice waterfalls at each end.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an easy hike, trail is heavily trafficked and easy to follow. Benches along the way. Took my non-hiking husband and he was impressed. Beautiful higher falls with a newly built platform for viewing. Lots of downed trees at the falls though.

hiking
3 months ago

A great trail. Make sure to bring exactly $5 for parking. There is no change.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy well maintained trails to both lower and upper falls! Heavily trafficked. Nice picnic areas near trailhead and restrooms. There is a $5 parking fee as well and cash only.

hiking
4 months ago

Very perty and easy to get too!

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect trail for small kids but still fun for everyone. The Lower Falls are beautiful and a shorter hike, although there is a steep elevation gain at the very end. My little ones were too worn out after doing the longer hike to the Upper Falls first, but for most anyone else it wouldn't be too big of a challenge. $3 parking fee.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice, short, quick trail to a pretty waterfall. If you are staying in Desoto I highly suggest stopping by here

6 months ago

Beautiful trail! Especially after a good rain.

6 months ago

Very beautiful little trail. Was pretty muddy when I went. Dog friendly.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail through the woods; good for kids, dogs, families, and casual hikers. Nice waterfall worth the hike.

7 months ago

Nice easy hike for a large group of people and 3 dogs.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail, nice falls but I’d recommend going after rains for better water flow.

Quick walk to eaither the upper or lower falls. I would rate it as easy with clearly marked paths. Wonderful hearing the water running while walking....

10 months ago

decent trail. clean. family friendly.

10 months ago

the amount of water coming from the mountain is based on the rain fall so sometimes this falls is pouring out water and sometimes a trickle but still a nice easy hike

10 months ago

Short easy hike to a very pretty waterfall.

hiking
10 months ago

Short but nice trail.

11 months ago

It's a nice walk in the woods. It's not to long. Getting to the lower falls does have some incline, but nothing serious. The upper falls are a breeze to get to. I like the fact that it doesn't take forever. It's a good date hike. Carry a bottle of water. The Georgia humidity is crazy right now with all the rain.

hiking
11 months ago

It a neat short 2 mile hike to 2 small waterfalls.... 1 from the lower loop and other from the upper one.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful, but very short

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Very fun and scenic trail

hiking
Monday, July 09, 2018

very well marked and maintained trail. i do advise if going hiking in the rain. the trail likes to keep alot of standing water on the marked path. other than beautiful trail.

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