Raven Cliff Falls Trail

MODERATE 378 reviews

Raven Cliff Falls Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Helen, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
669 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

muddy

scramble

From Cleveland Ga, take Hwy 129 North out of CLeveland approx 5 miles to Alt. 75 (a sign will point west to Scenic Route) Go west on Alt 75 for approx 4-5 miles to Hwy 348 (Richard Russell Scenic Hwy) Go North approx 3-4 miles to Trialhead on Right.

27 minutes ago

Easy hike and the cliffs are amazing.

hiking
7 hours ago

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1 day ago

hiking
6 days ago

Really nice easy hike. Follows the creek; gradual ascents; the babble of the creek follows you almost the entire trail.

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent 4.8 mile hike. Steady, slow uphill (500 ft) climb into one of the most interesting falls I've seen. Very worn trail with tons of exposed roots. There is a couple of small sections of scrambles mixed in. The unique Falls make this one of my favorite so far.

hiking
12 days ago

I loved this hike!it wasn't difficult but was a bit of a work out with a great view at the end. The falls were beautiful. The trail was quite busy (was on a Saturday though), but people were friendly. Option to climb past the end of the trail was "difficult" but worth it for some alone time.

hiking
14 days ago

14 days ago

I am visiting the area this weekend and I haven't been on this trail since 2011. Still as good as it was then! Loved it! Outhouses are available at the beginning of the trail which is nice.

hiking
15 days ago

Crowded, but a nice in and out hike. Not too tough and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the stream on the way.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a great trail to take in early morning hours as the later you start the more people you will run into. We started around 9 am and only saw one 2 person hiking group. On the way back we saw about 20 people or groups.
The trail follows a creek the entire time so the sounds of flowing water is always with you. There are several beautiful falls all along the way. One does have to pay attention to the tree roots. They are everywhere. The trail is about 2.2 miles each direction. At the end of the trail there is a nice falls and for those interested, you can climb to the top by using roots to pull yourself up.
I would only do this hike in cool to cold weather.
If you are a backpacker there are loads of spots to stop.
I will go back again.

backpacking
18 days ago

I love this place, a nice long trail with great views, easy access points along the creek for water and plenty of spots for camping. Or u can camp on a much flatter area with no hiking located on the far side of the parking lot.

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19 days ago

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23 days ago

Awesome...lot of ruts though.

hiking
26 days ago

Easy hiking beside creek and falls the whole way. Very peaceful. Lots of exposed roots in trail; must be careful not to trip. Moderate hike at the end, to see cliffs and taller falls.

hiking
28 days ago

Boring, easy hike and water fall view is just ok.

hiking
28 days ago

28 days ago

Great views of stream all the way!

1 month ago

This is a fantastic hike for beginners or those who don't want a super strenuous hike. Out and back total mileage about 4.5 miles. This trail has a few somewhat steep parts but for the most part is fairly level and not intense. Tons of tree roots so watch your footing. Much of the way you are following along the river and the sound is lovely. You end at Raven Cliff Falls crashing over some rocks and it's very pretty. You can go much further up and climb on top of the falls but it's a bit scary and very high up there! Trail is clearly marked and not easy to lose. I saw about 6 or 7 other hikers on a weekday about 9 am. Good gravel parking lot and there are outhouse style bathrooms and they were quite disgusting... but that's expected being in the middle of a national forest! Note that there are no mountain views-- just a waterfall. You're always under a big canopy of trees so it's nice and shady and cool. Highly recommend! There are some flat rocks you can sit on at the end by the falls for a break/snack. Took me about 2 hours total with a quick break at the falls. Enjoy!