Fall Branch Falls Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 0.9 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1.6 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
240
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Fall Branch Falls

Take a quick trip along the Benton MacKaye Trail to the beautiful Fall Branch Falls on this easy hike between Ellijay and Blue Ridge, Ga. Hike through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest on this beginner hike suitable for all travelers, including the dog.

The adequate sized parking lot is directly alongside Rock Creek Road and can handle 10-15 cars. The road here is dirt and gravel but is fine for any car to get here. The Benton MacKaye crosses the road here and for this hike you'll be heading northward, so begin at the posted sign for the falls on the opposite side of the road.

The trail gains 200 feet of elevation in the first .3 miles and is well maintained and easy to follow. The BMT is generously blazed with it's white diamond along this section.

The trail then drops down a set of steps to the only junction along this section. Taking a sharp left will continue along the BMT. Take the second left further down the hill to the short side trail to the observation deck for Fall Branch Falls. A sign is posted here to help you out.

When I was here, the observation deck was in a bit of disrepair with some yellow tape about, but none of this obstructs the view of the falls or takes away from it's beauty. The double falls cascades down the bare rock and continues down the hillside. You can of course continue along the BMT but this hike ends here. Retrace your steps back to the parking lot to end this short hike.

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length0.9 miles
difficulty1.6 Easy
duration30 minutes
features Dog Friendly  Waterfall 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain240 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.783843, -84.30246 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.03, W 84°18.15 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°47'02'', N 34°47'02'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.783843, -84.30246 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.03, W 84°18.15 most GPS units use this one
N 34°47'02'', N 34°47'02'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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For this hike, the trail begins on the opposite side of the road from the parking area.
Notes
Stay on the maintained trail and do not go past the observation deck at the falls.
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hikethesouth-4 months ago
Double Waterfall Along the BMT
Short and sweet, get a taste of the Benton MacKaye Trail on a short hike to a double waterfall. Great for all skill levels.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2018
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