Holcomb Creek Falls and Ammons Falls is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clayton, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length1.7 miElevation gain505 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddy
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Note: Parts of this trail close to the viewing platform have been closed due to severe downed trees. Please review the park website before traveling. https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/conf/alerts-notices/?aid=63067

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Pamela Manley
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Trail was intense in spots with wet and slippery conditions. Holcomb Creek Falls was magnificent. There were large trees blocking the observation deck and damage to the deck at Ammon Falls but when turned back for the rest of the hike and the last falls was good. Note: this was completed on 1/5/21 so be mindful of winter hikes in North Georgia. Oh and it is a bumpy ride for sure getting to and coming back from but worth it!

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Lona Dewey
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J Collins
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Chattahoochee Forest website says trail is currently closed.

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Zach Martin
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HikingBlowdownBridge outGreat!

Beautiful trail and beautiful falls! Most of the fallen trees were cleared except for the big one blocking Ammons. The bridge and landing there are definitely damaged and need serious repairs. Be careful if going all the way out.

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Yasir Bhuiyan
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Steph S
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Muddy

Logged this one at only about a mile. There are a few downed trees- the first couple (grouped together) right before Holcomb Falls is easily passed, but the second (also grouped, maybe four or so) is right before the bridge for Ammons Falls and while doable, was not easy to get over- the ground there is wet and rocky and slipping there could result in injury. The bridge itself has a couple missing boards and is VERY slippery, and the viewing area is dangerously damaged. Both of the falls were beautiful though. Other than those trees, the hike was relatively easy (I did it as a cooldown after taking the Rabun Bald/Hale Ridge trail). Definitely recommend for a short hike with some nice views, even if you just stop at the first Falls.

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Donna Hubbard
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HikingBlowdownBridge outGreat!

Beautiful waterfalls but some large trees have fallen and the trail especially to Ammons falls can not be easily accessed, The dock out to Ammons Falls is also damaged. Needs major repairs but both falls are just goreous- just be careful. We had to lift our 50 lb dog over one of the fallen trees.

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Dennis Cook
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great trail. well maintained, very clean, gorgeous falls.

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Alvo Deborah
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Finding the path was difficult. You park at 696 then walk back right to main road. There you take a left. On the left before the bridge is a thin trail marker . That is where you enter. The trail was very thin and I do not recommend taking your dog. The hike is pretty and the falls are beautiful. You stand in a bridge and admire it. We turned around at Holcomb Falls and returned. The hike back is mainly uphill.

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Kim Ramos
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The Holcomb Creek Trail can be either an in and out trail or a loop trail that follows Holcomb Creek back to another spot on Hale Ridge Rd on which you could walk back to your car. I did a combination of the two...saw the two falls and then followed the trail for another mile or so and turned back. It is steep in places, and right now to get to Ammons Falls requires some gymnastics over and under a large fallen tree. Hale Ridge Road is passable in almost any vehicle from the north. One star deducted only because of the huge downed tree blocking the path...some people will not be able to pass it, and half of the decking at Ammons Creek Falls is caving in.

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George Taylor
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Generally easy walking with some steep areas of slow going. The falls are worth it. There is a branch trail blocked by a fallen tree at a platform overlooking another falls but the observation area is falling in. Beware.

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Susan Koppen
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great two-mile round trip with a great time waterfall at the mid point.

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Crystal Lewis
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My favorite hike so far. Small creek or river next to trail. You can hear it see it for most of the hike. Beautiful waterfalls! Didn’t get to do it all so will be back.

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Pat Towers
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We hiked this last Friday. It’s a nice trail with beautiful waterfalls. However, the side trail to Ammons Falls was blocked by a large tree. It looked like it had just fallen. We were able to climb over it, but that took some doing. Then, beyond the tree fall, the viewing platform is collapsing (that appeared to be an older issue - plastic warning tape had been tied across the boardwalk, but was torn down). This would be difficult to navigate with kids or dogs. The other waterfalls are still lovely, and we went swimming in the safe cascade area near the top of the loop.

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Rachel Miller
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Two miles of fire road from where you park to Baltram Bald Trail. Steady climb until the summit. Nice tower to look out from in several directions. Trail is in good shape! From the tower it is down hill at a steep decline and then levels out. Back to fire road until the waterfalls. We got lulled into thinking the climbing was over... waterfalls are beautiful but it is a climb to get back to the parking area! Good time. Great temperature. Would do again.

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Aimee Sanford
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We did this trail backwards- super challenging but worth seeing the waterfall early. the long walk on the gravel road is pretty painful!

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James Frazier
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This review is for Holcomb and Ammons Falls. We hiked this as a loop by parking down the Hale Ridge Road at the lower TH. We then hiked up the trail to the falls and up to the road. We then hiked down the road to the car. The trail was in bad condition. Large trees had fallen over and the road leading to the trail head was a rough gravel road and long. The falls are nice, but not worth the drive or the poorly maintained trail.

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Ken Fedor
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Mid March and a bit too early for rhododendron blooms but still a great hike. Not for the faint of heart as there is much downhill and seemingly even more uphill (I know that’s not physically possible!). To hike the full loop, may I suggest beginning at the south trail head at the intersection of FS roads (Hale Ridge 86). At this T is the trail head. The other trailhead is a bit tougher to find but just north (1/8 mile?) of a small bridge. With this loop, you’ll be rewarded with a downhill walk on the forest service road about 1/2 mile back to the trailhead. Ammons branch viewing platform is nearly collapsed and “taped” off but the waterfall is still easy to see. My Dad described the rhododendrons and laurel-filled sections as sections as a “jungle”. Go the extra (few) miles off the beaten path and immerse yourself in this beautiful part of our National Forest.

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WC NC
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Good trail with some elevation gain. Narrow trail that’s not well marked but very clear regardless. Two great waterfalls and several small cascades. The viewing platform at Ammons Falls was damaged but the full fall is still visible from the walkway. Coming from the Dillard Road down Hale Ridge, Park at the 52 sign viewable just before you get to the bridge. You’ll come out downslope at the 86 sign and 52 trailhead entrance. It’s an easy <1 mile uphill walk on the fire road.

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Stacy Smith
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very nice hike, steep coming back out but worth it. follow other reviews to find trail head as I did and you shouldn't have any issues

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