Hemlock Falls and Moccasin Creek Wildlife Trail

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Moccasin Creek State Park

Hemlock Falls and Moccasin Creek Wildlife Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clarkesville, 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.

Length3.3 miElevation gain321 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyFishingHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddyFee
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Moccasin Creek State Park charges a $5 parking fee. You can also purchase an annual pass that is valid at all Georgia State Parks for $50.

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Clint Fields
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Fun, great views

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Amanda Weins
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absolutely beautiful!! little muddy but was expected after a day of rain! well worth it.

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Ashley Renae
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FrozenDark Palmer
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Stephanie Foley
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Beautiful trail that runs alongside the water the entire way!

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Ally Cooke
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Beautiful! Muddy, but I wore the right shoes so I didn’t mind. Went back in November 2020. My dogs did the hike as well, and enjoyed it.

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Richard Floto
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very nice out and back with lots of water and vegetation

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Brian Jones
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it was great! I can't imagine how nice this trail is is spring/summer. being so close to the water the whole way was amazing. if you have to take a dirt road to the trailhead, it's usually worth it.

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Desiree Mccollum
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Really muddy, was going to rain so I didn’t make it all the way to the end.

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Tricia Proctor
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So I wanted to this this trail but I screwed up and parked and walked straight down the road to the railhead to the falls. I completely forgot I was wanting to go the wildlife trail and missed it. We still ended up doing 3.5 miles but not on the right trail. Lol. We parked right at the front by the dam and noticed the sign said the trail was 1/2 mi down the road. We decided to walk. Now that I am home I realize what I did. We didn’t do the moccasin trail

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Travis Drew
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Snow and Ice made it more difficult, but we made it back all the way to the falls!

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Brennan Newell
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Beautiful relaxing trail with lovely waterfall at the end. Bridge is missing some slats but was still easy enough to cross. Convenient to get to with ample parking. We went after rain so was muddy but even that wasn’t a deterrent. Will be back frequently.

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Rusty Ruus
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Kristel Ontimara
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This trail was gorgeous. You follow the creek the whole way and there are nice rushing rapids in a couple of spots. Definitely worth the hike. Not super long.

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Kelly Thomas
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This trail had lots of roots and rocks. My hiking sticks would have come in handy. I loved being by the water the entire hike it was great background noise. Tons of people out hiking. Lots of dogs too. It was challenging at times going over rocks and around puddles of water. I throughly enjoyed the hike.

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Bill Gelsleichter
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mathew egan
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perfect trail for the whole family but not too "easy" to where it would be boring. Truly lovely trail. Not too long, not too short. The river runs the entire length of the trail which makes for a great soundtrack. i cant recommend this enough as far as "easy" trails go.

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Jan Masingill
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This may be my favorite trail in NE GA Mtns because you are hiking beside the rushing water of the creek the whole hike. This is a beautiful hike for all seasons. The trail is rated as easy but I would rate it moderate due to all the roots and rocks and muddy/slippery places to navigate. Saw a lady hiking this trail in brand new white sneakers—-my advice, older shoes or hiking shoes would work best on this trail.

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Michelle Wagner
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The trail is beautiful hiking next to a creek the whole time and ending at the waterfall. Slightly slippery in some areas.

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Anthony Fanchi
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Stephanie Jackson
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Sue Lamberton
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Great trail slippery when wet in some places poles nice. Started 10:00 not too busy, Crowded on way back at 11:00

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Scott Trump
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This was a fun trail with a nice reward at the end. Couple little challenging spots, but nothing too difficult. We did part of the trail while it was raining and the trail held up well to the extra water. Easy parking.

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Ginny Woodmansee
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This was a beautiful hike! Great weather and the temp was perfect.

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James Dubose
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very beautiful and alot of water falls to see. Great for family outings.

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Rami Calis
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Took the family and dg. It was amazing. Great terrain. I would say it’s moderate, but so worth it. The vegetation is so nice and lush. Different from the usual. Good climbs. Beautiful scenery If you keep going up the trail beyond the waterfall the trail is not as well marked or maintained. Nice adventure.

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terry Gantt
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I jogged the moccasin creek trail and Anderson lane the gravel road early Monday morning and wore a bear bell. Good thing i did because my husband who was walking behind me saw 3 bear cubs run accross Anderson lane leading up to Hemlock falls. i came back 3 days later on weds and hiked the moccasin trail and part of hemlock falls and still wore the bell and saw no bears. i am glad i wore the bell so i never saw the bears

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Erin Deaton
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Great family friendly trail to a nice little waterfall. The pool below the falls is a nice swimming hole and was a little crowded on a Saturday afternoon. Followed the spur trail that ascends above the falls to try and find upper Moccasin Creek falls but didn’t cross the creek in the correct place and had to turn around. Reading reviews, it seems like the creek crossing is somewhere right above Hemlock falls. Do not continue to follow the trail to the right of the creek. It was flagged with pink flagging tape about .3 miles past Hemlock falls but was washed out, overgrown, and was a scramble the whole .6 miles we did before turning around. If you are adventurous and don’t mind hiking off the main trail, it might be worth it to try and find the creek crossing and hike to the upper falls on the left side of the creek. Will be back to try again.

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Justin Holzer
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Really pretty trail. Fairly easy and definitely good for kids. The Lake Burton area is beautiful, and this trail is no exception. I preferred parking by the trailhead for the Wilderness trail (right at GA 197) as opposed to parking back by the Falls trail. The walk is a little longer, but the Wildness trail is not crowded like the falls trail, so the first .75 miles or so you'll mostly have the trail to yourself. I found the round trip distance to be a little over 4 miles, vs the 3.3 reported here.

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