Do you love waterfalls? We do! Both Jessica and I enjoy getting out of the campground and stretching our legs and ambling about the great outdoors for the simple joy of being out in nature and finding waterfalls.  We’re not the best at packing for spontaneous trips so we were thrilled when we discovered nearby Fall Branch Falls south of Blue Ridge, Georgia, a rewarding short hike that Nadia, and even Daniel(!) loved.

Getting There - Fall Branch Falls

 

Trailhead - Fall Branch Falls

The drive to Fall Branch Falls is gorgeous with pastures, large family farms, and mountain views along Rock Creek Road.  To get to the parking area here, just type in “Fall Branch Falls, GA” in Google Maps and off you go. The hike to the falls itself is beautiful, and thankfully, a kid friendly quarter mile from the parking area to the base of the falls. The walk however is not ADA friendly, as it is an uphill trail with rocks and log steps to navigate.  Fun for kids, but maybe not the quickest trip for a loved one with limited mobility. There are no restrooms or any other facilities.

Fall Branch Falls
Up the trail

While we were only here for about an hour (we came late in the day, and have kids), there is more to explore on the Benton MacKaye Trail and surrounding trails.  When you are done with your trekking, the mountain towns of Blue Ridge, Cherry Log, and Ellijay are a short drive away offering a lot of local color and food options.

The Falls at Fall Branch Falls  Natural Awesome - Fall Branch Falls

 

What to Bring:

  • Proper footwear.  Hiking Boots, Outdoor Shoes, Trail Running Shoes. No Heels.
  • Dress for the time of year.  Lightly in the summer, warmly in winter, light jacket in spring and late fall.
  • Water and light snacks.
  • A camera.  Be sure to bring your tripod and set to a slow shutter speed to get the dreamy falls look.

What to do:

  • Be prepared to pack out your garbage.  There are no garbage bins so please don’t litter.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the falls and trails.
  • Tread lightly and share your adventures!

To Fall Branch Falls

Downstream - Fall Branch Falls
Downstream

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Fall Branch Falls - Family friendly waterfall hike in Blue Ridge, GA.

 

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