Updated: Apr 10
North Georgia is home to many beautiful waterfalls that are popular with tourists and locals alike. One of the amazing facts about my 3 favorite falls is that each can be reached and explored in just a day trip from Forsyth County, which is located in the North Atlanta Metro area. Beautiful scenery and the ability to escape to the mountains is just one of the many reasons people love and move to the Forsyth County area.
Raven Cliff Falls
Waterfall on the way to Raven Cliff Falls - 3000 Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy, Helen, GA 30545
Raven Cliff Falls is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Helen and features 4 outstanding waterfalls. It is one of the more popular hiking destination and the final waterfall features a 40-foot high drop where the falls cascade over a series of rocks. Raven Cliff Falls can be reached by a moderate 2.5-mile hike that passes through a scenic forested area, along a creek, and over several wooden footbridges.
The trail has some steep sections and rocky terrain, but offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and wildlife. Make sure to pack water and snacks for when you arrive at the falls. There are some great spots to relax, take in the views and sounds, and enjoy a bite to eat. There is also a steep hike up to the top of the falls where you can set up your favorite hammock.
Panther Creek Falls
Panther Creek Falls - Old Historic U.S.441, Clarkesville, GA 30523
Panther Creek Falls is located in Habersham County, in the north-central part of the state of Georgia. It is one of the most popular and scenic waterfalls in the state, and attracts hikers, nature enthusiasts, and photographers from all over.
To reach the falls, visitors must hike a moderately challenging trail that is approximately 3.5 miles each way. The trail follows Panther Creek and passes through a scenic forested area, with a few small creek crossings and some rocky sections.
At the end of the trail, visitors are rewarded with the sight of Panther Creek Falls, which drops about 40 feet into a picturesque pool below. The falls are surrounded by mossy rocks and lush greenery, making it a perfect spot for nature photography and relaxation (see the picture of me above!).
While the hike to Panther Creek Falls is not overly difficult, it is important to wear appropriate footwear and bring plenty of water, as the trail can be rocky and steep in some sections.
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Cloudland Canyon State Park - 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738
Cloudland Canyon State Park is a popular destination for hiking, camping, and outdoor recreation. It features rugged canyons, waterfalls, and scenic vistas. The park has over 64 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to strenuous, and offers camping sites, picnic areas, and a variety of other outdoor activities. The park's main attraction is the impressive two-mile-long canyon, which reaches depths of up to 1,000 feet and is often shrouded in a misty cloud, hence the name "Cloudland."
In addition to hiking, visitors can enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, spelunking (that's me in the picture!) and geocaching. The park also offers ranger-led programs, including guided hikes, campfire programs, and nature talks.
Georgia has so much natural beauty to love and explore. The best part of that is that you do not have to live in the middle of nowhere to experience it. If you're considering a move to Georgia, or within in Georgia, let's chat about what you're looking for in your next home.
Graham Witt - Real Estate Consultant
Realtor with Keller Williams Atlanta Partners