Hemlock Falls Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Hemlock Falls Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trenton, Georgia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
11 days ago

Stretch before you head back up -- it'll help!

hiking
1 month ago

Not really what I consider to be actual "hiking" -- ie, paved path, lots of stairs, and lots of people. The waterfalls were pretty though.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome.

3 months ago

This trail was well worth the wonderful waterfall view. Hemlock was beautiful. Downfalls though include being heavily populated and it claims to be dog friendly but the metal grate stairs are far from friendly on the dog's feet. I wouldn't do it again with my dog unless he had some type of boot.

4 months ago

I hiked all the trails on Saturday in Cloudland with the exception of Bear Creek Backcountry Trail because it was closed. If you are looking to have a good 15 mile day this would be a good park to hike. All the trails are well maintained and easy trekking. The most strenuous place in these trails are the stairs that exist to access/exit Sitton’s Gulch Trail - about 600 or so. This was my first time at this park, and I was blown away at the beauty of the canyon and the falls. Aside from the stairs these trails are not hard, but offer a good day of beauty and exercise. I would suggest the following “loop”: Park at the Trenton trailhead for Sitton’s Gulch Trail and begin hiking. This trail is 2 miles one way; make your way up the stairs (congratulations you just made it through the most strenuous part of the whole day). Keep going up to Overlook Trail which is up and beyond the Waterfall trails which I would save for last just because who eats dessert prior to the meal? Hike the Overlook Trail all the way back and up to the Two Mile Backcountry Loop. When you get to the actual loop which is about 2 miles or so after you reach the start of Overlook Trail, then, I suggest taking the left road and loop back around to save best for last; after loop make your way back through Overlook Trail and down to hike West Rim Loop which is 6 miles - take the left road for woods and the loop will bring you back around for canyon views and much needed breeze to cool you down. Head back down and see Cherokee and Hemlock Falls and make your way back out to the trailhead at Sitton’s Gulch. Wonderful day!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is wonderful because you can turn left and go see the Cherokee Falls and then come back up and go right to see the Hemlock Falls. Just keep in mind, all those stairs feel easy to walk down, but at some point you have to come back up!

6 months ago

spectacular views of rushing and falling water!... BEWARE the climb back up the stairs is INTENSE. *This location should come with a health warning... if you're not in at least "decent" cardio health... enjoy the view from the top of the canyon and don't go down to the bottom of the steps!

hiking
6 months ago

Cloudland Canyon State Park has been on our bucket list for awhile. We chose the Hemlock Falls trail first and were not disappointed. The canyon walls were covered in icicles and the views from many stops on the stairs of the canyon walls were incredibly beautiful. The waterfall was well worth the hundreds of steps we hiked on the stairs. ♡♡♡

hiking
6 months ago

worth the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Kinda busy- but a nice hike. Be aware you need cash or check to pay the parking fee- no one was at the entrance when we went so payment had to be made at the parking lot- bring your $5- even though no one was available to collect the fee, they sure had people riding around handing out warning citations- you think they’d have someone collecting if they can hand out citations.

hiking
9 months ago

We did this in April of 2016. A small hike down to the falls, be prepared for the elevation change. Great view of the falls. We had a lot of people traffic. A lot of people going off trail to get closer. Clearly marked and maintained.

hiking
9 months ago

Short hike down, but longer coming back up! Waterfall is absolutely beautiful. . Make sure to see both..

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful place. Well-maintained and the falls are gorgeous, there are two. If you can’t do stairways this is not the place for you. There are 600 stairs if you go to both ends of the waterfall trail.

hiking
10 months ago

These are some of the best waterfalls I've ever been to!

10 months ago

Nice waterfalls. Hiked here a year ago though and there was not much water, just a trickle. This time, thanks to Irma, there was good flow.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls on these trails.

hiking
11 months ago

it's not so bad, there are a lot of rest stops along the way. if you are healthy and have no knee issues or heart issues you can see how you go, there are enough stops and benches that you can wait or turn back ... my Siberians were not so happy with the iron grate stairs but they did it. little dogs won't be happy with the stairs as it may hurt their paws or their paws may slip through. I saw many people carry their little dogs. I really enjoyed the scenery and the waterfall.

backpacking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Amazing!

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Freaking awesome. Watch for snakes though. And be prepared to climb a hundred stairs.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great for the family, but not at all if you're looking for peace and quiet. My girlfriend and I went on a saturday, it was PACKED, you're no more than 10 feet away from another person. You show up to the falls, snap some pictures, and then it is a treacherous way back up the steep steps. You will be out of breath. You could traverse the creek to reach the falls and get away from the crowd, that's the only way to make this trail worth it!

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