Fall Branch Falls Blue Ridge GA is a fun hike with the kids. We went in spring after visiting Lilly Pad Village, which is just right down the road. I was able to easily do it with my 6-year-old and 2-year-old.
HIKE FALL BRANCH FALLS
This beautiful double waterfall on the Benton MacKaye Trail with mountain laurel and rhododendron growing along the trail and creek bank. The hike to the falls is about 30 minutes round trip.
Here’s a tip for you: Never climb a waterfall. It is very slippery and dangerous!
The upper portion of Fall Branch Falls is a series of cascades that lead to a single major drop of some 30 feet, with the water plunging into a deep pool at the base of the falls. These falls are shorter, although a bit harder walk than Long Creek Falls.
It is a very peaceful short hike, without a nearby road or neighborhood. The trees are towering, creating shade and lush landscapes of fern and moss along the sides of the trail. The creek is filled with large rocks, creating a rushing sound as the water runs down, adding to the tranquil nature of the hike’s slight, uphill climb.
This hike is not a flat terrain, smooth surface walk — but it is a relatively easy hike – and short – to the base of the falls (which are about 30 feet). It’s fun for kids because of the rocks and roots along the way, and the special waterfall “destination” at the end. I like that it is shady and peaceful, and somewhat remote.
It took about 15 minutes to get to the falls. Be sure to keep an eye on the signs…the lower falls are on a trail that veers off to the right of the main trail and could be missed if you are keeping watch on the kids.
ARRIVING AT THE HIKE
The beginning of the hike can be found using this map from Atlanta Trails. The hike departs a trailhead off the gravel-paved Stanley Creek Road. The trailhead is marked with signage. To begin the hike, look for the sign, and the BMT’s signature white diamond-shaped trail blazes. There is a limited parking area.
If you want to experience more Blue Ridge, check out our post for 50+ Best Adventurous Things to do in Blue Ridge, GA
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