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Keown Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near La Fayette, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 439 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

over grown

Directions from LaFayette: Take GA 136 east 13.5 miles. Turn right (south), past Villanow, on a country road (Pocket Road) and drive about 5 miles.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike with surprising scenery of the mountains and two waterfalls.

Did both loops counter clockwise but might have preferred clockwise. Only because my old knees prefer going up the steeper sections and down the gentler sections. Either way it was a surprisingly well built trail with a nice picnic area at the start. The waterfall was very refreshing on a hot June afternoon!

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rocky
1 month ago

This was the best trail ever!!!! If you go left at the start it’s more challenging going uphill which we liked. Great views. Nice waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

It was ok, the view was better on the trail up if you go right at the loop. The waterfall was underwhelming, but it was a moderate hike up.

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rocky
1 month ago

was a nice walk. reminder tho don't take the left trail going up. Fell twice. take trail to the right next time. nice views. was gorgeous weather. great pictures taken.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike. Waterfall was flowing a little. Saw a few mountain laurel in bloom. Beautiful weather 70 degrees, not crowded on the weekday. Has nice picnic area with creek running through. Pinhoti trail for part of hike. Then drove up to the Overlook. Pretty views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Took our 4 year old and 9 year old. It was a little long for the younger one with the front gate closed and walking the extra 1/2 mile. Total loop is almost 4 miles. Waterfalls are very cool. There is a lot of poison ivy if you go left at the beginning but if you stay on the path you should be fine. Definitely a fun one.

1 month ago

Well worth the drive. Nice mountain/waterfall views and nice picknick area at base.

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bugs
muddy
2 months ago

Recommend starting on the right side ( counter clock wise ) It was great, muddy, and lots of bugs, but it was great!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful vista and nice waterfalls. Trail is narrow and overgrown with POISON IVY so wear pants or long socks to be safe.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

My young daughters and I loved this trail! It is definitely ‘moderate’. The mileage is misleading. It is 1.8 miles to the falls, not the total loop. The front gate was closed so from parked outside the gate until finished, we tracked 4.2 miles total. If gate is closed, walk 1 mile from gate to start of trail (there is a restroom here!). You can go either direction of the loop. If going left first, it’s a steep skinny trail with lots of rocks. We stopped several times to catch our breath. In the middle of the trail about 0.3 miles apart are two water falls. We LOVE that you can walk behind them! The distance inbetween the falls was very muddy! My kid’s feet got wet and dirty. The other half (right side at the beginning) is a very gradual open path through the woods and beside a creek. We completed this trail 4/26 and there were several trees down across the path and tree build up over the creek crossing. We didn’t mind, it was fun obstacles to go over. Overall, my 10 and 7 year old are tired but loved it! Would love to come back - but maybe when the road is open to cut off some of the mileage for their young feet. When driving out, make a left and then go to the scenic overlook at the next road on the left! It’s a horrible gravel bumpy 2 mile road but well worth the photo opp at the top!

hiking
2 months ago

Combined with the Johns Mountain Trail loop, a great workout. The waterfalls are great, the trail leads to the base of the falls.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail! Amazing views, a little steep at times. But worth it!

i closed the app twice by accident & forgot to resume for a bit on the recording.

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bugs
2 months ago

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Really easy hike, near the waterfall has some really big stone steps. it was cool to get behind the waterfall with my 4 year old son, he loved it.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike. Loved the waterfalls! The view was beautiful and rocks were pretty neat! The kids loved it!

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rocky
2 months ago

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blowdown
2 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful view!

blowdown
2 months ago

4/9/20 - Gate closed, so be prepared for extra .8 mile amble to the loop. Large blowdown on Pinhoti route of loop (counter clockwise), but very manageable for the young and mobile. Would advise the less mobile hikers to take the clockwise route up, which is significantly more attractive but steeper by far. Also be advised that the poison ivy seems to be out a little earlier than normal. At current growth rate this trail will be impassable due to poison ivy by late April. No maintenance occurring while this covid lockdown rolls on.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Great hike! This trail has 2 waterfalls if you follow the entire loop. When starting at the trailhead, stay right. Be sure to keep climbing up the rock stairs at the top and you will be able to see the most beautiful view! Highly recommend!!

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Great trail. Go up on the right. Going up left was HARD!!. Loved the view of you go up a little (20 yards maybe) above the overlook

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