Dahlonega Off The Beaten Path

  • Lower Falls
    Lower Falls
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    Waterslide on Bearden Creek
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    Black & Lower Falls on Etowah River

    by jmpncsu Written Apr 22, 2014

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    There are two nice waterfalls on the Upper Etowah River that are very easy to get to if you know where to look. They're on the property of US Army Camp Frank D. Merrill, but the camp allows public access when training is not going on. This is a training ground for Army Rangers. You may see some training equipment, including rappelling walls, rope bridges, and other stuff. Do not under any circumstances touch or disturb any of this equipment. You're free to hike the trails and see the waterfalls if training is not ongoing, but do not mess with any of the equipment. From Dahlonega, head north on GA-60-Bus for about 2 miles and turn left on Camp Wahsega Road. Drive about 8.5 miles to the Army Ranger camp. Be sure to stop at the visitor center to ensure access to the falls is permitted. Turn right on FS-28 (Hightower Church Road) and go a half-mile and pull off near the gated road (GPS coordinates of trailhead below). To see Lower Falls, hike down the gated trail to the left of the road for about a quarter mile or so. You will hear the waterfall before you can see it. There's no trail down to the falls, but it's a short bushwhack down to the base for good views. To see Black Falls, either hike back upstream from Lower Falls or hike down the gated road at the trailhead. There's a wooden footbridge across the river just below the falls that provides a good spot for pictures.

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    Bearden Falls

    by jmpncsu Updated Apr 21, 2014
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    Bearden Falls is a spectacular waterfall outside of Dahlonega in Chattahoochee National Forest. You won't find it on a map and there's no trail to the falls, but if you're willing to put it a little effort, the payoff is having a beautiful 100-foot waterfall to yourself. From Dahlonega, go west on US-52 for about 11 miles and turn right on Nimblewill Church Road. Go 1.2 miles and turn left (at the church) on Nimblewill Gap Road. Stay on Nimblewill Gap Road for 4.1 miles; it will turn to gravel and become FS-28-2 in about 2 miles. It's a gravel road so it takes longer than you expect; use the odometer or a GPS to track distance. At 4.1 miles, turn to right into a primitive camping site and park (GPS of trailhead is below). If you're looking for an adventurous place to camp, there are several of these roadside campsites around here. They're free and no reservations are required. From the campsite, follow the old road across the creek and upstream along Nimblewill Creek. In about a half-mile, there is a creek crossing where you will likely have to wade and get your feet wet. Once across, continue to follow the old road upstream along Bearden Creek. There are a couple of creek crossings, but you should be able to rock hop across without getting wet. At around 3/4 of a mile, there is a waterslide falls on Bearden Creek to the left. At about 1.2 miles, there is a 20-foot waterfall on a feeder stream to the right. It's kind of hard to see with the dense vegetation. In about 1.5 miles, you should be able to see Bearden Falls through the trees. The trail becomes much more difficult at this point, but if you want a good view of the falls, keep heading up. Eventually, the trail becomes impossible to go any higher. From here, I climbed down a bit, waded across the creek, and climbed up onto a huge boulder to get a good view of the falls. It was a very impressive waterfall and we didn't see another soul the entire time we were on the trail.

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    Pan for gold like the old miners did

    by cvilla007 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Gold mine interior

    You can tour an old gold mine and actually pan for gold. The people are very friendly, and the mine is pretty amazing. Lots of people come through here, and the guide provides lots of interesting history and folklore. These old miners were paid up to $1 a day over a hundred years ago, and you can get a sense of what it was like to work in a mine back then. They also have a gift shop. The mine is a National Historic Place.

    The whole tour cost us $11 per person ($7 for children) & you get a free sample pan. It was well worth it. We had a lot of fun !

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    WATERFALLS IN NORTH GEORGIA

    by gkitzmil Written Sep 19, 2006

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    FALLS -��G. KITZMILLER '06
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    The area around Dahlonega has beautiful water falls. We visited four of them. In some cases you REALLY need to get off the beaten path -- but usually it is a short walk and not difficult hike. The Tourist office in Dahlonega has a great brochure and they also have a book of photos of fall so you can pick ones you want to visit.

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    Amicalola Falls State Park

    by kimberbakos Written Apr 16, 2006

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    View from halfway down to the bottom of the falls
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    This beautiful state park is somewhat close to Dahlonega. Amicalola Falls was named by the local Cherokee indians and means "tumbling waters". Although no where near the size of Niagara as for the width, it was just as awesome due to it's height (the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi) and the spectacular surroundings of the North Georgia Mountains. The 500+ steps to the bottom of the falls is quite a hike, to say nothing of coming back up, but well worth the walk. If my four and five year olds could do it, I'd say most anyone can. I can't believe I live in GA for so many years and never made it here until I came back to visit.

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