Etowah River Waterfalls is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dahlonega, Georgia that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 154 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

paddle sports

walking

river

waterfall

The current response to the COVID-19 emergency has closed several trails and recreation sites in Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Please see website for up to date info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/conf/recreation

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7 months ago

Restricted and apparently a sewage irrigation site. Waste of time.

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9 months ago

There is a ranger training facility and complex at the main waterfall. Further development of this facility is underway. If you park to the left of the ranger facility entrance there is a narrow trail that will take you down to the bottom set of falls but you can only really access the top of the falls here. The bottom is in a gorge. The pictures here are misleading. The cable crossing has been cut/removed. If you walk upstream you will enter the training facility and there is an awesome set of falls but it is posted at the road but not along the river.

hiking
11 months ago

DO NOT GO HERE! I took 4 kids here and we were so disappointed. No trail markings and “do not enter/restricted access” signs everywhere.

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Fri Mar 22 2019

Sun Jul 22 2018

DONT GO HERE! APPARENTLY IT’S NOT ALLOWED?

Sun Jun 24 2018

While to waterfall was beautiful it was not a walk in the park. You have to climb down an unofficial trail to get to see the waterfall at all. Also it’s a loop style trail but everything past the rappelling wall was so overgrown it wasn’t possible to walk.

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Tue Feb 27 2018

The trail hasn't been taken care of from what I could see. Used the recorded trail map given and it was difficult to follow due to no cell service (you have to buy pro to use offline). Got lost a few times due to the lack of upkeep (fallen trees) on the trail and there were multiple pathways from the main trail. There is also a Ranger area that was restricted near the trail. Also, if you're okay with your shoes getting wet or taking off your shoes, you cross the river on this hike. Didn't get to complete the entire trail due to the sun setting and it raining on us halfway. Aside from that, it was beautiful and would definitely go back to clear up the trail and try again.

Sun Oct 22 2017

Beautiful hike dog friendly would recommend it

Thu Aug 03 2017

This trail is more of a drive up to the waterfall. It is on a ranger training base facility. The waterfall is pretty and calming, but there was no hiking involved.

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Mon Jun 19 2017

very remote forested trail. I found it very interesting to explore the trails in this region. trail is not marked and there is more than one way to go. I loved it. the 2 waterfalls were beautiful.

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