Anna Ruby Falls Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area, GA
DURATION 30 minutes
There And
Back Again
Anna Ruby Falls

Enjoy this easy hike along a short paved that follows a beautiful creek to Anna Ruby Falls. From several observation decks you'll get amazing views of this powerful series of waterfalls. While it can get crowded, this is still a great family hike suitable for all skill levels.

Begin next to the Visitor Center where you'll find restrooms, snacks, drinks and merch. To the left, follow the wide paved path along Smith Creek up to the falls. The entirety of this hike is along this scenic creek and there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy it's smaller cascades.

Information signs dot the pathway adding more interest about the area. At .4 miles, the Smith Creek Trail connects to the right. This is a much longer and more difficult trail. Here you also come to the first observation platform for Anna Ruby Falls.

Cross over the bridge and up to the larger observation deck for a closer view. Smith Creek and York Creek converge in an impressive series of multi-tiered waterfalls, each quite powerful on its own. You'll have no doubts why this trail is so popular. This is one of the best waterfalls Georgia has to offer.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.1 mi
18 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.2 mi
75 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.1 mi
76 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
207 ft
35 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
79 ft
16 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
Terrain Map Click to control map
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead The trail begins to the left of the Visitor Center.
0.40 mi
0.40 mi - Smith Creek Trail and Lower Observation Deck The Smith Creek Trail joins to the right at the lower observation deck. Cross the bridge to the left to continue to the falls.
0.45 mi
0.45 mi - Anna Ruby Falls Observation Deck Upper observation deck and end of the trail.
length1 mile
difficulty1.3 Easy
duration30 minutes
trail typeThere And Back Again
elevation gain220 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestAnna Ruby Falls Recreation Area
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtChattooga River District
9975 Highway 441 S
Lakemont, GA 30552
parking fee$3/person
trailhead coordinates 34.757989, -83.7103 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.48, W 83°42.62 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°45'29'', N 34°45'29'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.757989, -83.7103 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.48, W 83°42.62 most GPS units use this one
N 34°45'29'', N 34°45'29'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Parking Capacity
130+ parking spaces.
Restrooms, snacks, drinks, and merch are available at the Visitor Center.
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Average Review Rating
5 (2)
Smokey12-3 years ago
Such a beautiful falls!!! A short hike but combined with the short nature hike near the visitor center it would be great for an outing with the kids. Lots of signs with interesting info along the trails. One note - because of the pandemic they were limiting parking to 65 cars so we had to wait in a line of about 10 cars. As one car left, they let one car in. This meant it wasn't all that crowded on a Saturday afternoon when they'd normally be packed and it was easy to practice social distancing.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2020
hikethesouth-4 years ago
Easy Paved Path
If you're not looking for a real hike, this is a perfect trail that takes you to one of GA's best waterfalls. Good for all skill levels. Wide, easy paved path.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2019
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