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

very clearly marked trail. easy in and moderate out. good camping spot. beautiful waterfall.

Love this area. Quiet and secluded camping and high shoals falls has always been a favorite of mine. Short fun hike down to the falls and worth the treck back!

This trail was beautiful and the falls are wonderful! Fairly easy trail, but follow the turn backs to the falls because if you follow the trail straight thru, it'll dead end into private property.

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1 month ago

Cold and windy, hard freeze this morning 29 degrees and fog on the summit.

Went north from 180 spur to the Brasstown Bald parking lot. Counted 47 s witchbacks, give or take, along the 2.3 mile course. Went in late March, no flowers yet, but I can imagine it being spectacular when the rhododendrons and mountain laurels are in bloom. definitely easier on the way down

Well maintained trail. Easy to Moderate stroll to pretty impressive waterfalls. plenty of area for back country camping.

You have to drive through a creek to get up the mountain but my Chevy Cruze did fine with it. The trail is nice and the waterfalls are beautiful! And the last one is a lot bigger than I thought it would be.

hiking
4 months ago

Well worth the Trip!! Plan to return for some overnight trips!!

A couple of great waterfalls. Short hike but worth it. Return incline steep. Hard to get to bc of creek you drive through. Many won’t want to do that.

Def worth it. Hot summer months- it’s great for swimming. Can jump off the top but check the depth first. I’ve done it and it was freezing.

The waterfall is totally worth the incline hike on the way back. Beautiful, some excellent backwoods camping spots, and you'll feel like a rockstar when you drive through a creek to get there.

You'll have to drive through a creek to get to the trailhead, and cars can definitely make it through, otherwise it's a little over a mile walk up a steep hill from the road entrance to the trail. There are two waterfalls with viewing platforms of each and both are really beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

We saw 3 states from here. Most beautiful place. And easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

it's a paved trail but it is steep.

hiking
6 months ago

started from the bottom of 180 spur and went to the top. full of switchbacks until you get to the top of wolfpen ridge then a short gentle decline into the brasstown bald parking lot.

hiking
7 months ago

Foggy in the morning so the view was hampered, but it was a beautiful walk in a historic area. Glad we did it!

what a workout.. loved every moment

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome view at the top

I wasn't impressed with this trail, the waterfall however was beautiful. the trail itself is nothing. no wildflowers, boulders or anything that caught my attention. very easily hiked trail, a bit of an incline on the way back. not much of a hiking trail, left a bit to be desired.

8 months ago

Easily hiked trail. Waterfalls are GORGEOUS!

hiking
8 months ago

I started this hike from the parking lot of Brasstown Bald not realizing the entire way from that end is a descent... and coming back up KICKED MY BUTT! I am in good shape, in my 20s, run and hike regularly and my heart rate was sky high and I was having to repeatedly stop for breaks. Coming back up (from highway 180) there is absolutely no break in elevation and it's just a steep climb the entire way. I went the first week of September and the trees still had a lot of leaves so much of the view was obscured... I'm positive in late fall and winter when the leaves are gone the views would be breathtaking, but unfortunately I wasn't able to see much when I went. The trail is pretty easy to see and it's deep in the woods and I did see bear tracks (thankfully no bears!) Several good spots to camp if you wanted to do an overnight trip. It does cost $5 to park at Brasstown Bald so keep that in mind! Beautiful hike.

Great scenery! Great workout of quads and glutes for sure!!

Great trail with dogs! Lots of water access points. Mostly shaded the whole way. Only incline is the last bit of the trail, on your way back to the car. The road is easy to miss and you drive over a stream to get to the parking lot, but totally worth it!

Great trail with dogs! Lots of water access points. Mostly shaded the whole way. Only incline is the last bit of the trail, on your way back to the car.

Hiked just the summit for the sense of achievement to get to the top amazing view of 5 states nearly 5000 feet up, right at cloud level the day I went. The trail itself is a paved path and is switchbacks to overcome the steepness. Runs from the lot to the structure and massive panoramic viewing platforms at the top.

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of people here today, water was frigid at first but felt amazing after a few minutes.

Great trail. Really easy to hike, fairly short and it's really relaxing to sit by the waterfalls. You can even climb the lower one although I wouldn't recommend it. Getting to the trail head is difficult but I drove my Nissan Altima through the bumpy roads and it was doable. Parking is all on the side of the road

hiking
10 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. It is straight up and since it is July the tree canopy really blocked and views. But, there are beautiful wildflowers lining the trail almost the entire way. We did see signs of bear recent activity. When we reached the chatahoochee gap we followed the "water" sign for hikers down to the spring that many people say starts the chatahoochee river.

10 months ago

All uphill when starting at 180. Nice hike to the top but be aware there are no gaps or breaks in elevation to the top.

Nice hike once you get to the trailhead. Highly recommend a 4x4 for the ride to the trailhead. There's a stream crossing that was about 18" deep and we chose to not risk driving our new car through. Luckily, a nice couple from TX gave us a ride to the trailhead.

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