I’ve looked for waterfalls outside of northern Georgia, where there are many, and didn’t seem to have much luck. I found a few outside of Atlanta, though they didn’t seem particularly big. I then logged onto AllTrails (which you should download), and noticed there was a state park called High Falls State Park. I found out there was a waterfall there, and it looked pretty interesting. (It’s other name, Towaliga Falls, sounds much cooler.)
It wasn’t a difficult drive from Atlanta, only about 50 miles or so, and directly off of I-75. Once driving to the state park area, it was pretty easy to find the falls and it was an extremely easy hike. I was surprised at how wide this waterfall was. The sign says it drops 100′, but that is over a relatively long distance. The main falls are probably 50′ or so, and there is a portion that is difficult to see. There wasn’t anybody else there, and it was pretty early in the morning, so it was extremely peaceful. If you’re looking for an excursion from the Atlanta area, this would definitely be a great option!
- From I-75, take exit 198. If you are coming from Atlanta, you will exit and then turn left onto High Falls Road.
- Continue about 1 mile or so the park entrance. The first park entrance is where you can pay the $5 entrance fee early in the day. If you cross the bridge, though, you’ll come to the day use area on your left.
- Park there and then cross the road to the trail. It is directly adjacent to the river, and you just walk downstream for a few hundred feet to some pretty good viewpoints. The second one is the better vantage point.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate, stairs and some dirt trail)
Length of Hike: 0.2 mi round-trip
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These falls are just a few minutes from my home. These are right on the Georgia “Fall Line” that runs through the middle of the state separating the hilly, rolling, clay terrain of north GA from the flat, sandy lower part of the state. Millions of years ago the Atlantic ocean came up to this fall line.
Thanks for the info! I knew there weren’t many waterfalls past a certain dividing line, but I was still surprised to stumble on this one. A Google search of Georgia waterfalls requires going to the 4th page of sites or so to get a mention of the falls. Almost all of the sites focus on Northern Georgia waterfalls.
Right. Below the fall line that runs from Columbus to Macon to Augusta there is just not enough elev. changes for there to be any waterfalls in the bottom 1/2 of the state.