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

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Getting There

Fall Branch Falls is located in Cherry Log, Georgia. This is about 2 hours north of Atlanta and is situated between Ellijay and Blue Ridge. 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. You start off on paved roads and then end up on a dirt road. It is not too bad, plenty of sedans and the like going along the road.

Fall Branch Falls
Up the trail



The hike

The path to the falls itself runs along the Bentonk MacKaye trail. It is beautiful, and thankfully, a kid friendly quarter mile from the parking area to the base of the falls. It can be a quick hike up to the falls and back to the trail if you are in optimal condition and don’t have little ones. 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.

If you are interested in a longer hike, you can continue along the Benton MacKay Trail and explore.

Trail Map (Courtesy of Atlanta Trails)

Fall Branch Falls

 

GPS Coordinates: N 34°47.017′ W084°18.166′

When you are done with your trekking, the mountain towns of Blue Ridge, Cherry Log, and Ellijay offer 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.

  • Proper attire. Dress for the time of year.  Lightly in the summer, warmly in winter, light jacket in spring and late fall. Make sure the attire is comfortable and properly fitting.

  • 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!

  • Stop at bottom of the falls and enjoy the beauty and sounds.

  • Walk to the top of the falls for another view of the falls

Downstream - Fall Branch Falls
Downstream

Final Thoughts

Fall Branch Falls is a good hike for fit individuals looking for a short hike with a fairly big reward. Getting to the waterfalls is exciting as you hear the sounds of cascading water. I would recommend this to families and adults alike. Have you been? What do you think of the hike and falls? Click here for more information from Atlanta Trails.

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

 

Check out our video of the hike:


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