Georgia Hiking Trails with Waterfalls

These top Georgia hiking trails travel to rushing waterfalls tumbling through forests and valleys across the state. Need help choosing a great hike? Check out our top ten favorite Georgia waterfall hikes, and our favorite beginner-friendly Georgia waterfall hikes under two miles.

Jacks River Trail: waterfall hike in Georgia's beautiful, lush Cohutta Wilderness

Jacks River Trail

Hike the Jacks River Trail in North Georgia’s lush, remote Cohutta Wilderness, trekking and wading from Dally Gap to a series of beautiful waterfalls on a crystal-clear river.

Hike the High Shoals Falls Trail to two stunning waterfalls near Helen, Georgia

High Shoals Falls Trail and Blue Hole Falls

Hike to High Shoals Falls and Blue Hole Falls, two stunning waterfalls set in a lush, green forest near Helen, Georgia.

Hike the Vickery Creek Trail to Roswell Mill and a waterfall

Vickery Creek Trail: hiking & trail running at Roswell Mill

Hike the Vickery Creek trail network at Roswell Mill to two historic mills, a covered bridge, and a spillway waterfall in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail

Cloudland Canyon Waterfalls Trail

Hike the popular Waterfalls Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Descend the steep canyon walls via stairs to two waterfalls, Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls, that cascade in the beautiful, steep-walled canyon.

DeSoto Falls Trail: hiking near Helen, Georgia

DeSoto Falls Trail

Hike the two mile Desoto Falls Trail near Helen to a pair of waterfalls where, legend holds, a piece of armor was found from DeSoto’s expedition in the mid-1500s.

Emery Creek Falls: hiking to double North Georgia waterfalls on the Emery Creek Trail

Emery Creek Falls: hiking the Emery Creek Trail

Hike the Emery Creek Trail, a splashy Georgia summertime adventure, to the gorgeous and secluded Emery Creek Falls near Blue Ridge.

Hemlock Falls Trail: hiking near Lake Burton in North Georgia

Hemlock Falls Trail: hiking Moccasin Creek at Lake Burton

Hike the two-mile Hemlock Falls Trail at Lake Burton, exploring a waterfall-filled valley and the Hemlock Falls waterfall near Moccasin Creek State Park in Rabun County.

High Falls State Park: Hiking the Falls Trail near Macon, Georgia

High Falls State Park: hiking the Falls Trail

Hike the Falls Trail at High Falls State Park near Macon, hiking a double loop to views of the enormous, thundering High Falls waterfalls.

Hike to Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail near Blue Ridge, GA

Long Creek Falls on the Appalachian Trail

Hike a scenic stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia to the beautiful Long Creek Falls, and explore the lush, waterfall-filled Three Forks valley.

Anna Ruby Falls: hiking a paved, kid-friendly trail near Helen, GA to double waterfalls

Anna Ruby Falls Trail

Hike the paved Anna Ruby Falls Trail to the beautiful, tumbling, rare double waterfalls near Unicoi State Park and Helen, GA. It’s a fantastic kid-friendly, stroller-friendly and dog-friendly hike!

Winter Hiking in Georgia: Cloudland Canyon

Cloudland Canyon in winter: hiking to frozen waterfalls and frosty vistas

Hike Cloudland Canyon’s Waterfalls Trail, East Rim Loop Trail and Overlook Trail in Winter for beautiful wintertime views, icicle-covered canyon walls and frosty, icy waterfalls.

Sweetwater Creek White Trail: hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park near Atlanta

Sweetwater White Trail: hiking Sweetwater Creek State Park

Hike the Sweetwater Creek White Trail and Red Trail, a scenic 4-mile loop to Civil War mill ruins, a tumbling creek and quiet meadows at Georgia’s Sweetwater Creek State Park just east of Atlanta.

Minnehaha Falls Trail on Rabun Lake in North Georgia

Minnehaha Falls Trail

Hike the Minnehaha Falls Trail, a short, easy, kid-friendly hike on Lake Rabun in North Georgia, to a beautiful, towering, cascading waterfall.

Jacks River Falls: Hiking the Beech Bottom Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness

Jacks River Falls on the Beech Bottom Trail

Explore Jacks River Falls, a stunning, roaring, rocky waterfall in Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness, hiking the Beech Bottom Trail & Jacks River Trail.

Dukes Creek Falls Trail: hiking near Helen, GA

Dukes Creek Falls Trail

Hike to multiple waterfalls and through a lush, green forest on the moderate, kid and dog-friendly Dukes Creek Falls Trail near Helen, Georgia.

Helton Creek Falls: best kid-friendly waterfall hikes near Helen, GA

Helton Creek Falls

Hike to two beautiful waterfalls at Helton Creek Falls on a short, kid-friendly, less-than-one-mile trail near Helen, Georgia.

Best fall hikes in North Georgia: our top 10 favorite trails through autumn leaf color

Best fall hikes in North Georgia: our top 10 favorite trails through autumn leaf color

Hike to these North Georgia mountain summits and waterfalls to catch the best fall leaf color in Georgia. Our top 10 favorite autumn hiking trails.

Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking the Sliding Rock Trail

Tallulah Gorge: hiking the Sliding Rock Trail

Score a gorge floor permit at Tallulah Gorge State Park to hike the spectacular, boulder-filled Sliding Rock Trail, and get an up-close view of the Bridal Veil Falls waterfall deep within the gorge.


Raven Cliff Falls Trail

Hike the Raven Cliff Falls Trail 4.9 miles through a waterfall-filled valley to one of Georgia’s most popular and beautiful waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls.

Amicalola Falls Trail: hiking to Georgia's tallest waterfall

Amicalola Falls Trail: hiking Georgia’s tallest waterfall

Hike to the top of Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall in Georgia, and catch incredible mountain views on the East Ridge Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail loop.

Hike the Panther Creek Trail to Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Trail: hiking to Panther Creek Falls

Hike or backpack to Panther Creek Falls, one of Georgia’s most beautiful and popular waterfalls, on the 7 mile Panther Creek Trail.

Hiking the Sitton's Gulch Trail at Cloudland Canyon State Park

Cloudland Canyon State Park: hiking Sitton’s Gulch Trail

Hike the 6 mile Sitton Gulch Trail, dropping from Cloudland Canyon’s towering rim to the canyon floor filled with waterfalls, towering hemlock and massive boulder fields.

Wolfden Loop: hiking the Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Wolfden Loop: Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Hike 6.5 miles on this Pine Mountain Trail loop, exploring spilling waterfalls, a beaver pond, a wolf’s den, golden grasslands and shady forest. The Wolfden Loop is one of FD Roosevelt State Park’s most popular hikes.

Hike to Cascade Falls on the Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Cascade Falls: Pine Mountain Trail at FD Roosevelt State Park

Hike the Pine Mountain Trail to Cascade Falls and a series of tumbling waterfalls, and explore a mossy, leafy, lush forest on the eastern edge of Georgia’s FD Roosevelt State Park.

Lullwater Park Trail: running at Emory University in Atlanta

Lullwater Park: Walking & Running Trails at Emory University

Run or walk the Lullwater Park loop trails, following the banks of a serene lake and crossing a span bridge to explore the ruins of a 1920s powerhouse.

Hike to the Fall Branch Falls waterfall on the Benton MacKaye Trail near Blue Ridge

Fall Branch Falls on the Benton MacKaye Trail

Hike the Benton MacKaye Trail a short half mile roundtrip to the cascading Fall Branch Falls waterfall near Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Hike the Tumbling Waters Nature Trail to two waterfalls at Carters Lake

Tumbling Waters Nature Trail at Carters Lake

Explore waterfalls, cross a towering bridge and trek through beautiful, lush forest on the popular Tumbling Waters Nature Trail hike at Carters Lake.

Hike the Panther Creek Trail from Yonah Dam

Panther Creek Trail: Hiking Yonah Dam to Panther Creek Falls

It’s the infamous ‘back way’ to the ultra-popular Panther Creek Falls. This difficult Panther Creek Trail hike departs near Yonah Dam and treks westbound to the waterfall on a particularly difficult trail.

Tallulah Gorge State Park: Hiking the north and south rim trails

Tallulah Gorge: Hiking the North Rim & South Rim Trails

Hike the rim trails at Tallulah Gorge State Park, sighting waterfalls deep in the gorge. The North Rim & South Rim Trails are the easiest, most popular and most scenic at Tallulah Gorge.

Hike the upper Conasauga River Trail in Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness

Conasauga River Trail: hiking southbound through the Cohutta Wilderness

Hike a difficult 12 mile adventure on the Conasauga River Trail, following and fording the Conasauga River from its northern trailhead. It’s a wet, river-filled adventure in the remote, beautiful Cohutta Wilderness.

High Falls State Park: Hiking the Historic and Tranquil Trails near Macon

High Falls State Park: hiking the Historic Trail & Tranquil Trail

Hike to stunning views of the High Shoals waterfall and historic ruins on the Historic & Tranquil Trails at High Falls State Park near Macon.

Hike the Warwoman Dell Trail and Bartram Triail to Becky Branch Falls

Warwoman Dell: hiking the Bartram Trail to Becky Branch Falls

Hike the Warwoman Dell Trail and Bartram Trail through beautiful forest to a trio of stunning waterfalls near Clayton, GA, including Becky Branch Falls.

Hike the Conasauga River Trail (southern half) from Betty Gap

Lower Conasauga River Trail: hiking the Cohutta Wilderness from Betty Gap

Hike 13 roundtrip miles on the Conasauga River Trail’s southern half in Georgia’s remote, lush Cohutta Wilderness. The Conasauga River Trail splashes through 36 river fords (& many creek crossings) from Betty Gap to Bray Field, Little Rough Creek and back.

Angel Falls Trail: Hiking Lake Rabun to double waterfalls

Angel Falls Trail: Hiking Lake Rabun Beach to Angel Falls & Panther Falls

Hike the Angel Falls Trail at the Lake Rabun Beach campground in North Georgia to two beautiful waterfalls, Angel Falls and Panther Falls.

Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia

Amicalola Falls State Park: our favorite hikes

Hike Amicalola Falls State Park to Georgia’s tallest waterfall, the southernmost point of the Appalachian Trail, and a backcountry lodge. Our favorite Amicalola Falls trails.


Cochran Mill Park: hiking the Henry Mill Falls Trail

Hike 4.8 miles to the beautiful Henry Mill Falls waterfall in Cochran Mill Park, 25 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Appalachian Trail: Three Forks to the Hawk Mountain Shelter in Georgia

Appalachian Trail: Three Forks to the Hawk Mountain Shelter

Hike the Appalachian Trail from the stream-filled Three Forks valley to Long Creek Falls, the Hawk Mountain Shelter and a centuries-old, weathered cemetery.


Dockery Lake Trail: hiking Dockery Lake to the Appalachian Trail

Hike the Dockery Lake Trail from the scenic shores of a glassy mountain lake near of Dahlonega, GA to the Appalachian Trail near Big Cedar Mountain.

Arabia Mountain: hiking the Wilburn Farm Trail and Cascade Trail near Atlanta

Arabia Mountain: Cascade Trail and Wilburn Farm Trail

Hike the Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail to small cascading waterfalls before looping the Wilburn Farm Trail to an old barn, farmhouse ruins and a small pond.


Cascade Springs Nature Preserve Trail

Hike the stream-filled trails at Atlanta’s Cascade Springs Nature Preserve to a beautiful waterfall and Civil War battle site.


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