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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.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 321 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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1 day ago

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.

3 days ago

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.

Couple of trees down on the trail. Bring your bathing suit and water shoes and get over to that waterfall!

nice little up and back. beautiful falls along the way. got rained on, but glorious cool mountain rain is so refreshing! pretty heavy traffic and a narrow trail, but worth the afternoon push.

1 month ago

Contacted Moccasin Creek State Park today and they confirm trail is open.

1 month ago

This is an awesome trail - despite what the signs say in the first parking area , this hike is open per a news article.

1 month ago

it is closed.

Easy fun trail with cool camping spots and some gorgeous (but slippery) waterfalls

Mon Nov 27 2006

Walked from Unicoi Park's primitive campsites to Helen. Very easy hike, relaxing, a few little hills with switchbacks, bridges for all river crossings. 3 hours round-trip at leisurely pace including short stop in Helen for bathrooms. Public restrooms can be found by going down to main street below Unicoi Hill Park, turn left and go to second crosswalk, cross main street and turn left - bathrooms are ahead just across Unicoi Street (near river.) Also did the Lake Loop trail. Very easy again, well marked, several very picturesque spots, one place where you can see Mt. Yonah in the distance behind the dam. Allow 1 hour for leisurely stroll.

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