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Hemlock Falls Trail is a quick, mile and a half trail located near Lake Burton in Clarkesville, Georgia. The trail features several smaller falls and a few raging rapids along Mocasin Creek.
We came after a heavy rain the day before, so the trail was thick with mud and water hazards, but this also meant that several springs feeding the creek from high up in the hills were overflowing with gushing water. This was a sight to behold!
The trail itself is very well maintained. There were freshly cut logs alongside the path, suggesting rangers or volunteers had recently come through to clear trail-impeding trees that had fallen over. Rocks and roots are present, but are not a problem for those paying attention to the surroundings. There were only a handful of people out on the trail, making the trek feel more isolated than its proximity to busy Lake Burton would suggest.
This is a great little trail that would make an excellent addition to a longer day's hiking. I definitely recommend.