Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes near Atlanta

Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes near Atlanta

Hike to Atlanta's most scenic falls on our top 10 favorite waterfall trails near Atlanta. (They may be no match for the towering cascades of North Georgia – but they're beautiful and well worth the hike!)

Atlanta’s rolling, hilly terrain and ample rivers, creeks and streams create the perfect environment for one of the most loved of all scenic views: the waterfall. They might not be as grand as the waterfalls the North Georgia mountains, but Atlanta’s waterfalls are most definitely hike-worthy. Close to the city and easy to explore, hike to these waterfalls on these easy to moderate, family-friendly trails; they’re perfect for an afternoon picnic or an early morning hike to start the day.

Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes near Atlanta

REMINDER: Slippery rocks and fast moving water can be extremely dangerous! Do not climb, stand above, swim near, or jump from any waterfall. See more water safety tips.

Atlanta’s best waterfall hikes

Grab a water bottle, a friend and a snack and head out to catch some cool, cascading waterfalls on our top ten favorite trails in the metro Atlanta area:

Hike a four mile loop at Sweetwater Creek, just outside Atlanta's I-285 perimeter, to a whitewater-filled creek filled with small, cascading waterfalls

Sweetwater Creek State Park
Sweetwater Creek White Trail
4.1 miles

Hike a four mile loop at Sweetwater Creek State Park, just outside Atlanta’s I-285 perimeter, to a whitewater-filled creek filled with small, cascading waterfalls, past a serene pond and through wide-open meadows.
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Hike this 3.2 mile loop through some of the most scenic areas along the Yellow River near Stone Mountain to a series of shallow waterfalls

Yellow River Park
Yellow River Trail
3.2 miles

Hike the Yellow River Trail through some of the most scenic areas along its namesake river, located near Atlanta’s iconic Stone Mountain. The mostly flat trail meanders along the river’s sandy banks before reaching its shoals, where the river spills in cascading sheets of shallow waterfalls.
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Hike or run the Vickery Creek Trail, exploring rolling forests, two historic mills and a spillway waterfall at Roswell Mill.

Roswell Mill
Vickery Creek Trail
4.7 miles

Hike or run the banks of Big Creek in Roswell, exploring rolling forests and two historic mills at Roswell Mill. Near the mills, the Vickery Creek Trail visits the historic Vickery Creek dam, where a man-made spillway offers abundant tumbling waterfall beauty.
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Explore meandering trails through the lush forests of Emory University's campus and visit the spillway waterfall that once powered a 1920s powerhouse

Emory University
Lullwater Park
2 – 4 miles

Explore meandering trails through the lush forests of Emory University’s campus and visit the spillway waterfall that once powered a 1920s powerhouse. The Lullwater Park Trail makes a great intown waterfall hike, and it’s a fantastic running trail, too.
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Hike this moderate 4.8 mile trail at Cochran Mill Park to take in the cascading waterfall at Henry Mill Falls

Cochran Mill Park
Henry Mill Falls Trail
4.8 miles

Hike a moderate 5 miler at Cochran Mill Park to explore a cascading waterfall at Henry Mill Falls. The trail explores a scenic forest south of Atlanta and splashes through several creek crossings, making this a great hike for keeping cool in Atlanta’s warm summertime months.
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Hike the popular Sweetwater Red Trail along the banks of the rushing, whitewater-filled Sweetwater Creek to whitewater-filled waterfalls near Atlanta

Sweetwater Creek State Park
Sweetwater Creek Red Trail
2.3 miles

Hike the popular Sweetwater Red Trail along the banks of the rushing, whitewater-filled Sweetwater Creek just outside Atlanta. The trail visits mill ruins destroyed in the Civil War and explores the river’s rocky banks, trekking to small, cascading, whitewater-filled waterfalls.
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Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
Cascade Springs Trail
1.9 miles

Escape the urban buzz in the tranquil surroundings of the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve in southwest Atlanta. Trek through a wildflower-filled forest to a historic stacked-stone spring house and through a former Civil War battlefield to a cascading waterfall on this moderate intown loop.
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Pole Bridge Creek cascades down over rolling granite on the Cascade Trail at Arabia Mountain

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail
.2 – 3.25 miles

Looking for instant gratification? This is your hike! The rushing cascades of Pole Bridge Creek are an easy, family friendly .2 mile hike from the trailhead of the Cascade Trail. For a longer adventure, continue hiking the Wilburn Farm Trail a historic barn and farmhouse ruins to complete a 3.25 mile loop.
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Hike the 1 mile Sope Creek Trail to the paper mill ruins and the beautiful, tumbling water of Sope Creek

Chattahoochee River NRA
Sope Creek Trail
1 mile

Hike an easy 1 miler, rolling through a shady, fern-filled forest on the Sope Creek Trail near Marietta. You’ll explore the ruins of a Civil War-era paper mill and the waterfall spillway that once powered it along the shady, boulder-lined bed of Sope Creek.
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A large rock outcrop overhangs Mulberry Creek at Johnson Ferry Park

Chattahoochee River NRA
Johnson Ferry Trail
1.8 miles

Hike this often overlooked trail in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to a small series of cascading waterfalls on Mulberry Creek.
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What to Pack Hiking? Our hiking gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested gear.

What to pack?
Our favorite hiking gear

Ready to hit the trail, but wondering what to pack? Our gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear for day hikes on local trails and in the Georgia backcountry.
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North Georgia waterfalls

Looking for a more remote hike, or down for chasing some larger falls? Hike our top ten hikes to North Georgia waterfalls to catch some seriously stunning waterfalls nestled in the southern Appalachians. New to hiking, or planning a hike with young kids? Check out these seven waterfall hikes in Georgia, all under two miles, to grand cascades without a difficult hike.

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