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Long Creek Falls

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A lovely hike to a scenic waterfall.


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2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Out and Back

2,853' 870 m

High

2,590' 789 m

Low

264' 80 m

Up

264' 80 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A great hike to a waterfall that is the perfect distance for younger kids getting their hiking legs under them.

Overview

If you are looking for a shorter hike that still captures the iconic feel of the Appalachian Trail without all the logistical wrangling, a hike to Long Creek Falls should do the trick. At 2-miles round-trip, this short out-and-back hike, heads along a scenic section of the AT before ending at a lovely waterfall.

Need to Know

The rocks around the falls and creek can be wet and slippery. Use caution when exploring the area.

Description

Starting from the Three Forks trailhead, pick up the trail on the northeast side of Noontoola Road. The trail you'll be hiking on is part of two long distance trails--the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail. Both trails are marked by white blazes—the AT by a rectangle blaze and the BMT by a diamond blaze.

The first part of the hike follows along scenic Long Creek. There are several smaller cascades and scenic side trails that lead to the creek. The woods are lovely year-round, and if you can time your visit to the rhododendron bloom or the changing fall colors in autumn, you are in for an extra treat.

You'll eventually reach a short spur trail that leads to Long Creek Falls. The double-tiered cascade is a scenic spot to sit, relax, and enjoy a snack before heading back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Pine, mountain laurel, rhododendron. Black bears.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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Long Creek Falls from bottom of falls.
Dec 13, 2020 near Ellijay, GA
Beautiful Long Creek Falls
Nov 10, 2017 near Ellijay, GA
A beautiful fall day at Long Creek Falls.
Nov 9, 2020 near Ellijay, GA

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Oct 31, 2020
Kay Kay
Beautiful hike! Not too difficult except around mile 0.6 when there is a steep incline. Our 5yo managed it easily. The waterfalls were gorgeous.
Jul 11, 2020
Noel Santiago Espiet
2.2mi — 14h 00m
Apr 22, 2020
Maegan White
Nov 14, 2019
Marcos Gonzalez
beautiful falls