Holcomb Creek Falls and Ammons Falls

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Clayton, Georgia

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.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 505 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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blowdown
over grown
7 days ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

only complaints were the trail head marker....we ended up at parking lot which is confusing when you're lokking for the trail head. we went out of parking lot and took a left down gravel road. before you reach the bridge there is a sign marked 52 and a green marker....we took the trail down to the falls and back....there was no sign marked 86 as far as we saw....only 52 with green marker....trail is not really blazed beyong a certain point either but we were able to get down there and see it anyway.

hiking
muddy
scramble
10 months ago

We missed the first trail marker too! The road from N.C. is gravel but decent. The first trailhead is right by the road as it forks but the marker is not visible. The second trailhead is marked but the marker is worn and overgrown. The second trail is steep but doable. And shorter. The falls are nice. We were the only ones on the trail and the road. Very remote.

Clearly took the wrong trailhead but made it to both falls all the same. The trail was narrow and steep and as a bonus it was raining so add slick as well. Trail well traveled and easy to follow. Was definitely difficult due to steep grade but I made it.

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

First off great trail, wonderful waterfalls, but the trailhead is confusing. Their are two heads to this trail. One at Overlook Rd intersection, marked with road sign 86, and the pictured rock. The other trail head is further up about a mile just past a area with caution markers. I used the first mentioned trailhead, and the hike was short but brutal. Straight down to Holcomb Creek Falls and then straight up to Ammon Creek Falls. The platform is busted at Ammon but all the views are great.

Thu Mar 21 2019

Great Waterfall Hike. We almost missed the trailhead because it's hard to see on the left when driving. Don't let the lack of paved road and the gravel deter you. If you're going to the short hike trailhead, it seems like you're driving on gravel for an extreme amount of time. When you get to the 86 sign on the left where you could either go straight or turn right, look close by the road sign and you'll see the trailhead.

hiking
Sat Mar 16 2019

Almost didn’t find the trail head! After turning around and looking at posted photos I finally found it! There is parking for about 3 vehicles depending on size at the National Forest 86 sign post. The falls were beautiful. A short hike, starts out going downhill to the 1st falls and then uphill to the second falls. I spent more time driving to the trail than I spent hiking. It will be beautiful when all of the rhododendrons bloom.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

recorded Recording - Dec 25, 01:28 PM

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5 months ago

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Mon Apr 29 2019