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High Shoals Falls Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hiawassee, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 547 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bridge out

Muddy

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Getting There

The road leading to the trailhead might be difficult for 2WD vehicles.

Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, P.O. Box 1776, 285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE , Atlanta, GA, 30301, Phone: 404-656-3590

Directions from Helen: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 11.4 miles. Turn right onto Indian Grave Gap Road (forest Road 283). Follow this road 1.5 miles to a small parking lot at the trailhead on the left. The road fords a fairly shallow stream close to the beginning. It is often difficult to drive in winter without four-wheel drive.

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Reviews (495)
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Recordings (340)
Completed (970)
Lynn Bytyci
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HikingBlowdownBridge out

The trash is disgusting...otherwise nice

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Austin Lewis
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Tracy Weathers
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Hiking

Loved the hike! I was not prepared for the garbage at the falls. Looks like someone has set up shop and there is garbage everywhere. So sad it’s such a beautiful place for people to just trash it.

Kannan Venkateswaran
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HikingMuddyRocky

You may need a suv to first travel a mile of rocky road and need to cross a stream. Then once you start hiking, the trail is full of fallen trees, and you also need to cross ankle deep stream. You may want trail map or alltrails app to make sure you didn't get lost. Once you reach the falls, there is a stage to view and take pictures. If you go past that, you can also swim here. Not recommended after rain or after dark.

Dianr Whiten
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Alyssa Egelhoff
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HikingMuddy

Super fun! Slippery some places but had some great campgrounds for later

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John Kalada
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HikingBridge outMuddy

Great trail with plenty of great views of the creek that leads to the falls. Great waterholes for swimming and cooling down. Heavy canopy provided great umbrella when we got caught in a downpour. Way too much trash left on trail and at campsites; people seem to be too lazy to pack it out after packing it in.

Yelenys Edwards
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HikingBridge outRocky

The last falls on this trail was amazing!!! The hike back is all up hill so get ready to breath hard if you’re not used to that ;-) There is very limited parking at trailhead. Prepare to park on the side of the road if you can’t get one of the 6 spots. Definitely recommend all terrain vehicle for the road up to trailhead but we did see vans and other vehicles going up.

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Sarah Mclellan-Pelky
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HikingMuddy

Nice little half day hike. Beautiful falls, lots of little swimming hole opportunities. Definitely recommend a SUV to drive up to the top, you have to cross a portion of the stream, otherwise you’ll be hiking up to the trailhead for a good 1/2 mile or so. Family-friendly.

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Angelique Daigle
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HikingBridge out

The access road to the trailhead is rough and has nowhere to turn around until you get to the trailhead. You do have to cross a small river but it’s only a foot or so deep and has a rock bottom. Some people parked their cars before the river and then hiked up to the trailhead. It is quite a long way ( 2 miles or so) and all uphill. The trail itself is moderate because there are so many roots and rocks. It’s very shaded and the falls are very nice. Lots of people on Saturday.

Urvashi G.
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April Thornton
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kelli koppe
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HikingBridge out

Very nice and not too crowded on a week day.

Kristie Helton
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HikingBridge out

Beautiful waterfalls. The hike was pretty easy. We took our dog and she enjoyed the day. The bridge is out but people have stacked wooden sections of the old bridge up so that you can cross. You also have to walk on a fallen tree for a bit but it’s a big tree.

Michael Greenwald
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Hiking

Beautiful trail and falls. Started getting crowded at 10am. High canopy forest with long straight runs (easy to keep an eye on your party). Need to drive across a shallow river bed - no prob for a truck. Mostly descent to end then turn back. Advice below for crossing river - not difficult. Please bring plastic bags to haul out trash - quite a bit unfortunately. We took the second left off shoot to see bottom of falls. Definitely worth it.

James D.
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Hiking

Great hike. two beautiful waterfalls. well worth it.

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Haley Flanders
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Hiking

Returning after COVID - the park is open again (or we saw nothing saying otherwise). However, you do still have to cross a creek to get to the parking area. I’ve done it in an SUV and a Honda Civic without issues. The first main bridge is still out so you have two options. 1. You can go to the left and waddle across a fallen log or 2. You can go to the right and cross where it is shallow on rocks (ankle deep). Note that the beginning of the trail sign is inaccurate. The first blue hole is after the bridges and when you see a small 4-5 plank square. Here you make a left and go to the first fall. Afterwards you go back up to the original trail and continue to the end, turn left, and zig zag to the bottom for the second. From parking to both and back we clocked at 6 miles 620 elevation.

Lauren Dawn
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Amy Pelley
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Hiking

Best ever however needs to be marked better..

Katherine Smith
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Hiking

Both falls on this trail are beautiful...

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