Smith Creek Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Smith Creek Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1935 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Helen: Take GA 75 north 1 mile. Turn right on GA 356 and drive 1.5 miles. Then go left at the entrance to Unicoi State Park. Follow the signs to Anna Ruby Falls parking area.There is a parking Fee

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3 months ago

Great hike, no one on the trails, waterfalls were very awesome.

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Monday, May 09, 2016

We had a great hike. The weather was awesome and the trail was beautiful. All the flora was full and the streams crystal clear.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

great trail. hiked from the falls to Helen 8.26 miles. It cost 3.00 fee per person to drive to the falls.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

awesome alternative to the main Anna Ruby falls trail.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nice hike, has some solid terrain

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Great trail. One head is by Unicoi Lake with the other at Anna Ruby Falls. Fair warning, it is $5 to get into Unicoi, then another $3/person to get into Anna Ruby Falls. This trail is really great and we hiked South to North, which is from the campground to the falls. It runs along a campground for the first part, then starts to climb pretty gently along a couple of streams. After some time you ascend and have great views up the fingers toward the ridgeline. The openness of it gives you great forest vistas and good chances at spotting wildlife.

After about 4 miles the trail descends down towards the falls and you are greeted with one of the best falls in Georgia as well as a few hundred people who took the shortcut and drove on up.

On 9/20/2015 We ran into a hornets nest about a mile in as did another couple we passed along the way. Multiple stings each so beware. It is a small stream crossing with a couple of small logs as stepping areas. They are aggressive.

I don't recommend a lot of trails without good views but this one is the exception. It is a really easy hike with only a couple of more technical spots and just made for a very pleasant afternoon. You could easily do out and back. We did one way, parking the car and riding down to the trailhead.

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Enjoyed but not well maintained.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Very fun and challenging trail that ends at the beautiful Anna Ruby Falls. The trail starts next to the B cabins in Unicoi state park. The trail is easy till you clear the gap at the top then becomes much more challenging with roots and rocks. Not much for views, but you are next to a stream 50% of the time and you walk through tunnels of rhododendrons much of the time. You pop out at the end at Anna Ruby Falls which is amazing! Lots of bear sign and overall a very cool trail!

Friday, June 12, 2015