Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Dahlonega with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on DeSoto Falls Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Short but nice trail.

Beautiful, peaceful trail with lots of streams and little waterfalls.

It's a nice walk in the woods. It's not to long. Getting to the lower falls does have some incline, but nothing serious. The upper falls are a breeze to get to. I like the fact that it doesn't take forever. It's a good date hike. Carry a bottle of water. The Georgia humidity is crazy right now with all the rain.

hiking
4 days ago

It a neat short 2 mile hike to 2 small waterfalls.... 1 from the lower loop and other from the upper one.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful, but very short

hiking
1 month ago

Very fun and scenic trail

very well marked and maintained trail. i do advise if going hiking in the rain. the trail likes to keep alot of standing water on the marked path. other than beautiful trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Neither trail is closed. We went today 07/08/2018. Definitely worth seeing both falls. The upper fall is the best one and you’re able to climb up into the fall. And there are several places along the way to let kids get into the water which is cold but feels great on a hot day.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail! Hiked with my dad and a friend. Came across a copperhead on the lower part of the trail. Be extremely careful if you try to reach the higher tiers of the fall. It is very slick and straight up with no clear or easy pathway.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk for the dog.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great trails.

Beautiful falls and great camp grounds!

beautiful falls

Beautiful trail with surprising little vignettes to pause and take in the views. Excellent workout

This is a nice walk. It’s more like a walk through the woods vs a hike. No views or nice scenery.

No switchbacks a lot of straight up and down and not much reward for the effort.
but it is well maintained.

Trail was easy to find. The porta potty had a sign on it that said due to lack of donation they are unable to keep up with the maintenance. Started walking the trail, and it was very pleasant, but NOT clearly marked. There are no trees marked in between trail markers and it is very easy to end up off course. We ended up miles off the loop turning a 9 mile loop into a 13.5 mile hike before we finally called forestry because we were running out of light.

hiking
4 months ago

it's open

Sure was pretty! and hard too!

This trail is no longer closed. It was an excellent hike, with waterfalls, creeks, elevation, and views.

Fantastic very diverse trail system. Time flies while hiking it. Lots of surprises along the way.

Trail is open (3/31/18).

had an awesome time fishing over the summer. beautiful lake.

hiking
8 months ago

12-3-17 Parked at the TrailHead just beyond the DLT campground. Walked passed closed signs and hiked up to the AT then left and headed south to Woody Gap.
No reason for this trail to still be "closed" it was safe smooth sailing all the way to the top. You can definitely see where the blowdowns are but they have been removed from the path of the trail. Plenty of creek/river crossings to get (filtered) water. Beautiful woods for the whole hike. Did a shuttle from point A to B.
If you want to hike this trail, I'd say do it. I went through without any problems.
Happy Hiking!!

hiking
9 months ago

Didn’t hike too far in . We were just checking out the area and went in about half a mile or so. Looks like good views as you walk along the flank of the mountain Trail is open. You just have to access it from the campground area instead of the day use area. Just wanted to share.

Trail still closed from hurricane damage. Went to hike this weekend up to preacher rock. Had to adjust plan but all had great time. Just wanted everyone to know.

mountain biking
9 months ago

The trailhead location is accurate on this site and easy to find. It has a detailed map, parking and even a porta-potty.

The trails have a good mix of downhill sections, climbs and flowy single track. There is probably 50miles of riding out there.

I like to think I'm in good shape but haven't been on my bike in a long time. Even riding a heavier bike (trek remedy 8) I was able to ride continuously and had a good time.

I will definitely return and met some locals who say they ride there nearly every weekend without getting bored of it.

Hiked this a few months ago and enjoyed the peaceful environment. Enough up and downhills to get your heart pumping but not too strenuous.

hiking
9 months ago

Great Autumn hike. The Jake Mountain Trail Loop has moderate downhills and uphills. Nothing too strenuous. We encounters two Jones Creeks crossings, One was mid shin (we removed our hiking boots to cross) and the other we used rocks to cross.

Great relaxing hike. Beautiful scenery. You do have to walk along the side of a busy highway if you make the loop, but it feels so remote as soon as you hit the trail.

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