Raven Cliff Falls Raven Cliffs Wilderness, GA
miles
LENGTH 5 MILES
DIFFICULTY 6.1 Easy
Medium
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
730
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Raven Cliff Falls

Five miles of easy terrain and multiple waterfalls makes Raven Cliff trail a must for any Georgia hiker’s list. After the hike, don’t forget to stop by Helen, GA, a small German-style alpine village with many specialty shops and food. If car camping is your thing, there are some great options along the trail.

The hike begins across the gravel road and immediately passes a large camping area with rope swing, perfect for car campers. The trail follows Dodd Creek for its entire length, sometimes directly along its babbling waters and other times rising above, but never deviating too far from its banks.

At 1.1 miles in, look for a steep side trail on the left for a close encounter with one of many waterfalls along the way. Hike past several more falls, cascades and footbridges that take the trail over the creek and several of its tributaries.

A large rock outcrop greets hikers at the end of the trail. Climb the steep incline halfway for a view of Raven Cliff Falls, a high waterfall visible through an opening between the rocks. When the water volume is high, this can be a very impressive falls. Farther up the hill to the left is a tree whose roots form a steep ladder between the rocks, allowing for adventurous hikers to climb to the top of the rock outcropping and a different view of the falls. The trail kinda looks like it continues on, but this description stops at the falls.

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length5 miles
difficulty6.1 Easy-Medium
duration2 - 3 hours
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeNone
elevation gain730 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestRaven Cliffs Wilderness
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtChattooga River District
9975 Highway 441 S
Lakemont, GA 30552
706-754-6221
parking fee$5/Day
trailhead coordinates 34.709833, -83.789098 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°42.59, W 83°47.35 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°42'35'', N 34°42'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.709833, -83.789098 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°42.59, W 83°47.35 most GPS units use this one
N 34°42'35'', N 34°42'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Notes
Restrooms available at trailhead.
It is not recommended for children and pets to climb above the falls. People have fallen.
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5 (3)
coffeecoffee-1 month ago
Nice Hike
Really nice hike. Most of the trail is near the creek and within earshot of small waterfalls. Interesting falls at the end. Not too hard and just the right length to justify the drive. Near some nice north Georgia small towns.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Fall 2018
sandy12-2 years ago
Great hike!
Awesome views of falls! Great way to spend an afternoon.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Fall 2017
hikethesouth-2 years ago
Classic North GA Hike
This is a classic North GA hike. Within 2 hours of Atlanta, this is a great hike for beginners, families, and more experienced hikers. Following along a beautiful creek with several waterfalls, the sound of water is always close by.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Fall 2017
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