4 Reasons You’re Going To Love High Falls State Park

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.
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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.

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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.

High Falls State Park


High Falls State Park

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!

Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

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.
Lesli Peterson

4 Comments on "4 Reasons You’re Going To Love High Falls State Park"

  1. Were there plenty of other people around? I’m leery of hiking and camping alone with my 2 sons.

    • Summer, I was there with another friend and her boys. We usually don’t camp alone, but we hike alone regularly … Almost always. You have to do what’s comfortable for you, friend!!

  2. Mildred welch | 12/28/2016 at 8:24 pm | Reply

    I loved hosting at High falls park before my husband passed away. The staff is so friendly

  3. Linda Baltes | 12/23/2019 at 6:56 pm | Reply

    I would love to rent a yurt or RV! Perhaps March but very flexible!!! Possible???

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