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Emery Creek Falls Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rocky Face, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 902 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Blowdown

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The Emery Creek/Holly Creek Trail is a moderately challenging, beautiful trail culminating with a two-step set of falls. Your shoes will get wet. Do not attempt when water is high.

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Ansley Duncan
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The river crossings were quite fun. First river crossing is a bit harder than the other ten but it gets easier to cross after continuously doing so. The water also felt good and helped take care of heat which is why it's so perfect for the summer. I highly recommend doing this trail.

Jess Wren
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Hiking

Hiked with a friend and two dogs last weekend. Aside from one of the doggos getting stuck in a crevice, it was a fun, pretty flat hike. Wearing no socks and quick dry pants was a good decision!

Gail Brown
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HikingMuddyRocky

Tried to do this trail made it to the first river crossing. The river was very fast moving, unable to cross too dangerous maybe next time. Other than that what we did see was beautiful!

Ken Newberry
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Hiking

So much fun! Crossed the creek 11 times and the waterfall was fantastic. Better than pictures show. Trail conditions was great. Only difficulty was at the beginning when got off trail by following bushwhacked trail for a short while. Take the right trail at the start and then be sure to stay close to the river. There are a few but easily missed green trail markings. After the first creek crossing the trail opens up and Is so beautiful.

Kalie Jarrell
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HikingMuddy

This trail is great!! It was pretty muddy in some spots because of all the rain but you’re going to be in water multiple times so it wasn’t a big deal. The trail was marked fairly well by either orange, green, or silver blazes. The first creek crossing is the most difficult but don’t let that discourage you!

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Stephen Tynes
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Hiking

The trail isn't particularly easy to follow at the start. At the trailhead there are two paths, one down to the river and the other up higher. Take the higher trail. After 1/4 mile or so the trail drops down to the river and makes the first of a number of creek crossings. This is the most difficult to follow as it's not well marked. Later there are some orange flagging and green/yellow blazes and the trail is more apparent but that first crossing can be easy to miss. There were many people in the creek swimming and playing the first half mile or so but it thinned out substantially after that. The falls are well worth the hike. Easy trip for kids and adults alike as long as you're prepared for the water. It can be slippery in spots. Hiking poles or joining hands makes it easier. Lots of people and vehicles meant lots of trash. Please pack it out and clean up after yourself. Enjoy the falls!

Laura D.
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great hike today. water shoes a must. first crossing of the creek the water was up to my thighs (I'm 5'-3"). rocks are very slippery so, trekking poles or having a hand to hold while you cross is very helpful. we crossed the creek about 7-8 times on our hike to the waterfall. after the first crossing of the creek, the rest aren't so deep. it's a beautiful hike, definitely worth it.

Levi Karas
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Backpacking

Backpacked in and stayed overnight on June 20. Very awesome trail.Great waterfall views all the way up and plenty of places to wade or swim if you like cold water. Bring water shoes or a change of shoes, your feet will get wet. You'll have about 10 river crossings each way, some can get a bit slippery over the rocks. Trekking poles helped me keep my balance with the backpack and a dog on leash. The trail is kind of hard to find in the beginning, as you have to climb over some big rocks to find the first crossing. Just follow the green/orange markers. There aren't a ton of camp sites along the way and many are very public/right on the trail, unless you get creative. We found a cozy spot right by a waterfall. Definitely worth the effort. Other than the crossings, the trail is pretty easy.

Maria Ospina
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful trail one of the best !!! Take water shoes !! Mandatory

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Jarvis Broughton
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This trail was amazing!! As long as you take your time on the creek crossing it will be a breeze. We also found a waterfall off trail just pass Emery Falls but before you get to the end of the trail. Would not recommend this trail for beginners. We also saw one copperhead snake on the trail and a water snake while at Emery Falls. We will be coming back!!!

Sunny Harike
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HikingRocky

This trail was absolutely beautiful! The woods are some of the prettiest woods I’ve seen. The creek is beautiful as well. I did this 5.2 mile hike with my 7 and 10 year old. They both did great. We didn’t make it to the second fall as my boys were ready to head back. It took us about an hour and a half to get the the first waterfall. So it was about a 3 hour hike round trip. I want to go back and make it to the second waterfall. You do get wet and as stated in other reviews the first creek crossing is very rocky and deep up to your knees. We counted 9 creek crossings with the first 3 being the toughest.

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Steve Farace
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Hiking

beautiful trail along the river, unfortunately lots of trash near the entrance. enter the trail to right from the parking lot. tough to see the orange and green blazes in some places, if you feel like you're off the main trail, most likely you are. plenty of stream crossings so you will 100% have wet feet. falls are absolutely worth the journey.

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Phillip G.
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Backpacking

Fun trail with multiple creek crossings. Well marked except for the first crossing, but we figured it out. My 4 year old loved playing in the pool below the falls and the creek next to our campsite. Great trip.

Steven Sharick
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Hiking

Great simple hike. No fees. Busy with people wading at the beginning. Beautiful campsites at the waterfall. We got lucky and had the closest site at the top. Don’t even bring hiking boots. Take some keens or something similar. You must ford the river eight times or so. Trail is easy. But it would be wise to have a water shoe that has some protection for your toes.

jennifer dinovo
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 06 2020

Great trail. Difficult water crossing at beginning (beginning of June). Many other water crossings. would recommend wearing water shoes of some sort. Handful of campsites along trail. would recommend one at base of first falls. there is also one at first water crossing and a few along the river throughout the hike. Busy area on Saturday, but not too bad Friday evening. Saw a copperhead, small black snake, red salamander.

Ana Sattler
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Hiking

Really fun trail - wear WATER SHOES as there are multiple river crossings.

Patrick Walshe
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HikingMuddy

Hiked on 5/25. This was a wonderful hike with numerous creek crossings. The trail itself is more easy to moderate with the main challenge being the first crossing over Holly and Emery creeks. Getting to the point to cross was a bit of a scramble but not difficult. The key for this trail is to look for the bright green blazes and the orange tape tied to branches. While the first is a more difficult to find, the rest are relatively easy. Bring a change of footwear for when you finish. The trail is broad and well worn with only a few rocks/roots. Part of the trail is along what looks like to be an abandoned logging road. The trail is well shaded and creek crossings will get up to your calves with all the recent rains. I imagine during early spring it would be impassible. The falls are more impressive than the pictures show. Due to time constraints we only hiked to main falls which gave us 5.2 miles round trip. We will be back to do the last part where the upper falls are. While we saw only a couple of people early (started at 10am), the area around the trail head and creek at the beginning were crowded when we got back. It is a popular spot so best to go early to avoid the crowds.

Pat Young
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Hiking

Quick trail, the first water crossing is a little tricky with slippery rocks and unsure footing but then rest are fine if you are okay getting wet. Both sets of waterfalls are beautiful. The campsites at the base of either are not private so take one before, or keep going about a half mile after the upper falls and you'll reach a small nice campsite for 1 maybe 2 tents. We stayed there and had a great time and didn't see many folks. Otherwise the trail is packed with people hanging out in the river! We saw a small copperhead but little other wildlife.

Dustin McKinney
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HikingMuddyRocky

5/16/20 on the way through we found the truck still standing. on the way back some one had knocked it over and destroyed it. We also found mutable broken tree limbs left in our path on the way back. If your idea is to go out and destroy something don’t let it be something like this. Please have some respect for others. Other than that it is well worth the trip.

Mike Briggs
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Hiking

Fantastic trail and river. Looking forward to going back.

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Jimmy Hughes
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Hiking

A fun challenge. Prepare to get wet, but no crossing goes more than calf-to-knee high. Beware of snakes at the first crossing.

Danko Polny
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HikingFloodedOver grownScramble

This hike requires crossing the creek multiple times. Yeah, cool, but not today. Too high + fast = risk assessment too high. Got flexible and hiked around. Great spot to comeback to in summer for swimming and fun. Very pretty spot

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Amanda Woomer
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail with 14 river crossings. It was a little crowded for the times, but overall a nice hike.

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Catherine Taylor
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Hiking

First time hiking this trail. We had no problems following the trail. There were two creek crossing that I my opinion weren't obvious, but there was orange flagging to help show the way in addition to the green tree blazes. The water levels were fine- got up to about knee deep at first crossing and no more than shin deep on remaining crossings. https://www.planhikedelight.com/blog/emery-creek-falls

Emily Ribblett
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Hiking

This trail was a challenge. The map wasn’t very clear. The trail crosses through the creek several times. So beautiful! Really enjoyed this and highly recommend!

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