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

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! #hiking #atlanta #georgia #travel #outdoors #adventure

Waterfalls near Atlanta: our favorite hikes

Grab a water bottle, a friend, and a snack – and then hit the trail to catch some cool, cascading falls. Here are ten of our favorite waterfall trails in metro Atlanta:

North Georgia waterfalls

Looking for a more remote hike, or down to chase some larger falls? Hike our top ten North Georgia waterfall hikes 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. And search for a stunning cascade near you with our Georgia waterfalls map.

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.

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