Toccoa Falls in Toccoa, Georgia

At 186 feet, Toccoa Falls, located on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, is 26 feet taller than Niagara Falls.

Explore 11 Great Waterfalls (with Hikes) in Georgia

The beauty of Georgia's waterfalls can lure even the not-so-outdoorsy types off the beaten path and into picture-perfect wilds.

Waterfalls dot the landscape throughout North Georgia from Cloudland Canyon in the northwest to Tallulah Gorge in the northeast. Some are easily accessible by following paved paths, and others require more advanced navigation skills. Follow this guide to 11 spectacular waterfalls in Georgia.

Jacks River Falls in the Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia. Photo by @samanthastaylor

Jacks River Falls

Photo by @samanthastaylor

Jacks River Falls is one of the most-visited sites in the Cohutta Wilderness, among the largest in the Eastern U.S. with more than 35,000 acres. Advanced hikers, campers, and backpackers seek out its isolated beauty. Hikers who take on the nine-mile Beech Bottom Trail in spring are rewarded with multiple waterfalls and towering hemlocks.

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Amicalola Falls

Video by Ilyas Kure, @ilyasskure

Amicalola, which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the state.

Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail.

When you're ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Hike Inn, Georgia's only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.

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Desoto Falls

DeSoto Falls

DeSoto Falls Recreation Area, near Cleveland, is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. It's located in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

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Helton Creek Falls near Vogel State Park in Blairsville

Helton Creek Falls

If you're visiting Vogel State Park, stop at Helton Creek Falls in Blairsville to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.

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Raven Cliff Falls

Raven Cliff Falls

To see Raven Cliff Falls near Helen is about a five-mile round-trip hike. Savor the beautiful views of Dodd Creek as you make your way to the 90-foot drop of the main attraction.

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Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, Georgia

Anna Ruby Falls

Anna Ruby Falls, formed by Curtis and York creeks, are local favorites in Helen. Hike the easy-to-moderate half-mile trail from the parking lot to the foot of the falls, and you just might agree.

Get a 360-Degree View of Anna Ruby Falls

Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Minnehaha Falls

The 100-foot, stair-stepping falls of Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls inspire many a photo op, particularly in spring when the surrounding forest puts on a display of blooms.

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Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Tallulah Falls

Tallulah Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park is a series of six falls cascading through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge. Snap a photo of your view from the suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the gorge floor.

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Panther Falls

Panther Falls and Angel Falls

Angel Falls Trail in Rabun County offers two waterfall gems. Hike about a half-mile to view Panther Falls and then continue on, passing by rhododendron, mountain laurel and American holly, to Angel Falls.

Nearby, you'll also find Minnehaha Falls. Plan a complete trip by camping at Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area or staying at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant.

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Toccoa Falls in Toccoa, Georgia

Toccoa Falls

An easily accessible pathway leads to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall on the campus of Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa.

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Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton, Georgia

Holcomb Creek Falls

Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton is yet another hike that rewards your effort with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls.

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Published: March 2021