Raven Cliff Falls Trail

An excellent trail to the cliffs with Waterfall


Description:

This is absolutely one of the top trails in Georgia, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice Waterfall/Wildernsess Hike. Make sure you scramble the last 50-75 feet at the end to see the falls through the split in the cliffs.

This trail starts where Dodd Creek runs into Dukes Creek, the trail follows Dodd Creek, passing a few waterfalls, until it reaches the cliffs. The first waterfall is 1.1 miles into the trail and the 10 foot waterfalls splashes onto a boulder beneath. The woods change to hardwoods for the rest of the hike. At 1.3 miles you come to the second waterfall an nice 35 foot drops into a shallow pool.

At the 2.5 mile marker is the highlight of the trip the massive 125 foot Raven Cliffs Falls. The lower 40 feet descend a cave like walls. It is clearly visible through the trees as you approach the falls.

The Trail is located in the Raven Cliffs Wilderness, which was designated in 1986 and currently consists of 9,115 acres. The Wilderness is located within the borders of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Lumpkin and Union Counties, Georgia. The Wilderness is managed by the United States Forest Service and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Take note that this trail is extremely popular, and the wilderness around is nearly worn out from all the camping, but does not deter the beauty of the falls. Raven Cliff Falls is one of four popular waterfalls in the Forest near Helen, Georgia. Two of the other waterfalls, Anna Ruby Falls and Dukes Creek Falls, are also in White County, while the third waterfall, DeSoto Falls, is in neighboring Lumpkin County.


Directions: Google Directions

Go orth on GA-400 /US-19 at the end of GA-400 continue strait on Long Branch Rd for 4.8 miles. At the intersection of GA-52 turn right for 2.0 miles. At split for GA-115 orth (Dahlonega Hwy) stay on 115- for 10.7 miles. At the Courthouse Square turn left, stay on GA-11 orth for 3.3 Miles. Turn right on GA-75 for 5.9 miles, then turn left on GA-348 (Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy) for 2.8 Miles till entrance to parking.



State: Georgia
County: White
Latitude: 34.7136993408
Longitude: -83.7930984497
Length: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: 3
Rating
( 5.0 out of 5) based on 1 reviews
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User: Hugh Watkins Title: Excellent Rock Cliff Waterfall Rating:
4 of 5
Date: Sat May-30-2009
Trip Type: Day Hike
Raven Cliff Falls Trail Report:

I hiked this trail with my family, the younger ones are nine and had no problem keeping up. The hike is 2.5 miles each way and is pretty level, except for the last 100 yards which is a scramble up some rocks to see Raven Cliff Falls.

I would have given this trail a 1, but I took a little off because the trail is crowded and some of the trail is badly worn in places. It is still a must see trail in Georgia. The trail is kid friendly and can be hiked in 2-3 hours roundtrip.

The Trail Head is nice wth Toilets, it’s well marked off Richard B. Russell Highway. There are plenty of places to camp, but I would get there early since many of the more scenic ones were taken by the time we got there.


User: Cheryl Dunham Title: First time hiking and I went by myself Rating:
5 of 5
Date: Fri May-10-2013
Trip Type: Day Hike
Raven Cliff Falls Trail Report:

I was so nervous never hiking before. Sitting at home and knowing I always wanted to hike to take beautiful pictures. I finally did it and went to Raven Falls. What a beautiful hike! I am so happy I went the whole way and didn’t turn back. The Falls was beautiful and I can’t wait to go again and see nature at a different light. I love my new hobby.

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