LOCATION: Chattahoochee Nat'l Forest LENGTH: 5 miles TYPE: In and Out RANKING: Moderate to Strenuous ACCESS: Dawn to dusk USAGE: Moderate to heavy FEES: None MAPS: Posted at trailhead SURFACE: Compact soil with tree roots and rock FEATURES: Beautiful falls PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Raven Cliffs Falls is formed by Dodd Creek and located within the Raven Cliffs Wilderness of the Chattahoochee National Forest in White County. This is a popular hike and the creek is known as the most beautiful in north Georgia with several waterfalls along the way before reaching the cliff.
The waterfall is an unusual cascade down through a 40 ft fissure into a massive granite outcrop. The last part of the hike to see the waterfall is a strenuous incline but well worth the climb. The hike to the falls is 2.5 miles and I consider it to be moderate to strenuous with many tree roots and rocks. The path follows Dodd Creek upstream and the sound of the water is wonderful. The trail crosses several creeks via narrow wooden bridges and a few places with rocks to step across.
We hiked this trail in July 2016 and loved walking next to the creek and eating lunch on the rocks next to the falls. We were surprised how many people were there in the heat of summer. I understand traffic is rather heavy in the spring and fall so I suggest getting an early start.
DIRECTIONS: Drive north on GA9/Morrison Moore Pkway for 13 miles. Turn right onto US-129 for 7 miles Turn left onto GA-75 ALT for 6 miles Turn left onto GA 348/Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy for 2.5 miles Trailhead will be on the left. Located north of Cleveland and west of Helen, GA