Last month the boys and I stayed overnight at High Falls State Park – and we had a blast! Here are four things you have to do when visiting.
Stay in a Yurt at High Falls State Park
It was our first time in a yurt, and we loved it. Even though it was the height of summer, the fans and screened windows made it perfect. There are six yurts at this park, and they back up to the water – a great place for morning coffee. The yurts here are much like yurts at other Georgia State Parks. Check out our in-depth yurt Q&A here.
Hike Along The Waterfall
There are 4.5 miles of trails, but if you can’t do them all then I recommend taking the one along the falls, aptly called Falls Trail. It’s just a little over a mile and includes a “8” shaped loop along the water and into the woods. You can’t swim in these falls, as the water is extremely powerful coming from the Towaliga River. Be sure to cross the main road and look at the dam, too. It’s beautiful in the morning light.
Hike The History Falls Trail
The next morning we hiked the History Falls Trail, seeing ruins of the Old Mill and Powerhouse. The fog on this part of the river, highlighted by the sun just over the treeline, was stunning. The boys threw rocks in the water for a while before we headed out. It’s an easy hike of just over 2 miles, with more stunning views of the waterfall from the other side.
Explore The Park Facilities
If you’re visiting in summer, bring your swimsuit for a dip in the pool. Or play in the lake with a kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard or aquacycle through the park’s rental program. Don’t want to get wet? Bring your fishing pole and stand on the shoreline. There’s also geocaching, a playground and mini golf!
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.