The Best Waterfalls to Visit at Georgia’s State Parks this Summer
Georgia State Parks
There is no shortage of natural beauty in Georgia’s great outdoors.
While exploring new locations, visitors can uncover some of the state’s most beautiful hidden gems. In addition to incredible sights and amazing recreational amenities, Georgia’s State Parks are home to several impressive waterfalls.
Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks. Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play.
Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park. Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book.
Amicalola Falls State Park
The tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast, Amicalola Falls towers above the surrounding greenery at 729 feet high. The falls supply various vantage points for visitors to view the scenery, including a hard-surfaced trail perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. Climb the more challenging staircase to the top for unprecedented views of the falls. GaStateParks.org/AmicalolaFalls
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Cloudland Canyon is one of the largest and most scenic state parks in Georgia’s repertoire. Within the park one can find canyons, sandstone cliffs, caves, waterfalls, creeks, dense woodland and abundant wildlife. One of the most popular hiking trails includes the two-mile Waterfall Trail leading to two scenic falls that cascade over sandstone and pour into beautiful pools at the bottom. GaStateParks.org/CloudlandCanyon
High Falls State Park
High Falls has been given its name from its falls tumbling into the Towaliga River. The nearby lake on site is also known for its fishing opportunities and boat friendly waters (10 HP limit). Once an industrial town, High Falls is now an idyllic waterfall destination located south of Atlanta. GaStateParks.org/HighFalls
Tallulah Gorge State Park
One of the most impressive canyons in the southeast, Tallulah Gorge is 1,000 feet deep and roughly two miles long. The gorge contains numerous paths and overlooks for visitors to view the six waterfalls cascading through the bottom of the gorge. To gain access to the floor of the gorge and “Sliding Rock” (Bridal Veil Falls), visitors must acquire a permit available at the visitor’s center. Passes run out quickly, so it’s important to get an early start on the day for the full experience. GaStateParks.org/TallulahGorge
Black Rock Mountain State Park
Located within the Blue Ridge Mountains, Black Rock Mountain State Park is located at the highest elevation of any Georgia State Park. The rugged terrain and fresh mountain air are home to Ada-Hi Falls. A short but steep trail and staircase lead to this small, secluded waterfall. GaStateParks.org/BlackRockMountain
Vogel State Park
Vogel State Park is one of the nation’s oldest state parks, and rests at the base of the beautiful Blood Mountain. Located directly below Lake Trahlyta, this stepping stone waterfall cascades 40 feet. GaStateParks.org/Vogel
F.D. Roosevelt State Park
This expansive park includes 9,049 acres of land and rests just south of Atlanta.The park has 40 miles of trails, and a popular 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail that stops by the Cascade Falls. This park is rich with history and was enjoyed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself. GaStateParks.org/FDRoosevelt
Moccasin Creek State Park
Moccasin Creek State Park sits on the shores of Lake Burton and is a central location for visiting multiple falls in the area. The park’s two-mile trail Hemlock Falls Trail leads to the beautiful Hemlock Falls of Rabun County. The trail is kid-friendly, offers glimpses of the waterfall along the way and supplies a beautiful pool of water at the base of the falls. GaStateParks.org/MoccasinCreek
With extensive activities and lodging options, Georgia’s State Parks offer everything needed for a trip from where to stay to what to do. Plan an outing to delve into the cool, rushing water and relax in cabins, yurts and campgrounds. Georgia State Parks offer family-friendly activities and affordable accommodations for any type of traveler. For reservations or a free brochure, call 800-864-7275 or visit GaStateParks.org/reservations. As always, to read more about the greatest places to eat, stay, play and shop in the South, subscribe now or pick up the June/July issue of South magazine.