Explore scenic waterfalls near Atlanta for a fun day trip or weekend getaway
No matter the season, Georgia’s waterfalls make for breathtaking views. Surprisingly, the state is home to more waterfalls than people believe, and many are located not that far from the hustle and bustle of busy Metro Atlanta life. If you’re looking for some of the best scenic waterfall hikes in the state, you’re in luck. PLOT My Story puts Georgia’s unique destinations and experiences on one map, and we’re sharing some of our favorite waterfall hiking adventures that are perfect for one day of fun or a weekend of making memories. Let’s plan your next adventure!
1. Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall in the state. You’ll find these tumbling waters on the North Georgia mountains’ cusp, just northwest of Dawsonville, in one of Georgia’s most popular state parks. Pick your path to view the spectacular scenery. With more than 14 miles of trails, you’ll find both an accessible pathway and a challenging hike with a staircase. You can explore Amicalola Falls during a day trip or make it a weekend adventure that includes camping, ziplining and archery. Learn more about Amicalola’s amenities, activities and park hours.
2. Tallulah Gorge
Don’t go chasing waterfalls unless you go to Tallulah Gorge State Park. The park, located in the North Georgia mountains near the borders of Tennessee and South Carolina, is home to five waterfalls! On a hike through Tallulah Gorge, you’ll find more than just cascading waterfalls. The park is also home to steep-sided canyons, serene riverbanks, and a swaying suspension bridge towering 80-feet over a rushing river. Smooth paths welcome strollers and bicycles while a challenging 10-mile trail tests mountain bikers’ skills. Those looking for a more strenuous hike can spend their day climbing epic staircases and maneuvering more challenging trails. Make plans to camp, hike and explore Tallulah Gorge.
3. Cloudland Canyon
Deep canyons, sandstone cliffs and waterfalls welcome hikers at Cloudland Canyon State Park. The park straddles a deep gorge on the western edge of Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia. Choose your hike based on difficulty and views, from challenging rim trails to an easy walk from the picnic area or a series of staircases leading to the canyon floor. The park even has trails for horseback riding and mountain biking. Overnight guests can choose to stay in fully-equipped cottages, yurts, tents or RV campsites. Read more about adventuring at Cloudland Canyon.
4. High Falls
High Falls is home to tumbling cascades on the Towaliga River, located just south of Atlanta and just north of Macon. Gushing white water and scenic riverbanks welcome hikers on more than four miles of moderately challenging trails. This state park is a popular family destination for hiking, fishing and camping. Plan your trip to High Falls.
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