Anna Ruby Falls Anna Ruby Falls Recreation Area, GA
miles
LENGTH 1 MILE
DIFFICULTY 1.3 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
220
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Anna Ruby Falls

May 18, 2020 - Many parks and hiking trails are open but some are still closed or limiting capacity. Call ahead to verify status if possible. While hiking, continue to follow social distancing practices. Stay safe people.

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
Length
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.
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Navigation
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.
Details
length1 mile
difficulty1.3 Easy
duration30 minutes
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeNone
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
706-754-6221
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.
Notes
Restrooms, snacks, drinks, and merch are available at the Visitor Center.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-9 months 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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