Henry Mills Falls in Cochran Mill Park in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

3 Waterfalls Within an Hour of Atlanta

You don't have to venture far from Atlanta to enjoy the dramatic beauty of waterfalls. Within an hour's drive of the airport and a short hike along trails, you can enjoy stunning scenery at these three parks.

Cochran Mill Park - Henry Mills Falls

 

Cochran Mill Park
Cochran Mill Park

 

Get back to nature at this sweet woodland escape just 20 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Cochran Mill Park in Chattahoochee Hills boasts nearly 15 miles of natural surface trails for mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians to explore. Both the Yellow and Red Trails lead to views of Henry Mill Falls. Fast, flowy singletrack fun awaits mountain bikers along the yellow trail; while the more difficult red-blazed trail hugs the creek for a serene hike to the falls.

High Falls State Park

 

High Falls photo by Candy Cook
High Falls photo by Candy Cook

 

The tumbling waters of the Towaliga River make up the tallest cascading waterfall south of Atlanta, in High Falls State Park in Jackson. Hikers enjoy nearly five miles of trail exploring along the rocky river's edge, through the hilly forest, and near the historic ruins of an old hydroelectric power plant. Bring your fishing gear, because High Falls Lake is also recognized as one of the nation's top destinations for family fishing!

Roswell Mill/Vickery Creek

 

Roswell Mill/Vickery Creek photo by Candy Cook
Roswell Mill/Vickery Creek photo by Candy Cook

 

History and nature come together along the banks of Vickery Creek, a unit of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The five-mile trail network follows a Chattahoochee tributary through the shady forest of Roswell. Scenic woodland views, a picturesque covered bridge, and the Roswell Mill ruins add to the unique historic charm of the spillway waterfall.

Published: March 2017
Written by: Candy Cook