Cascade Springs Falls, Georgia

Cascade Springs Falls isn’t a large waterfall, but it’s one of the more interesting waterfalls (in a certain respect) in Georgia. If you head one or two hours outside of Atlanta, you can find a multitude of waterfalls in the north of the state. If you head south, there aren’t as many, with High Falls being the main one. But in Atlanta, there aren’t many.

Cascade Springs Falls in May 2014

But there is Cascade Springs Falls! Just to the west of the downtown, you can stumble upon this fun waterfall, which is in a fascinating nature preserve. When I visited, it honestly felt a bit out of place…I’m thinking there should be the hustle and bustle of a major city, and yet there’s this ethereal park where you’ll find some really random and interesting treasures.

The ethereal feeling might come from the hobbit-like spring pump house you’ll find as you approach the falls. There’s also Civil War earthworks, though I don’t have much recollection of seeing directions as where to look for those.

Directions:

  1. I’m not sure what the best way to approach the park is…so I’ll give directions from I-285, which might be the main road closest to the falls.
  2. If you’re headed north on I-285 (north of the intersection of GA-154 or south of the intersection with I-20), you’ll come to exit 7, which is indicatively named Cascade Road.
  3. If headed north, you’ll turn right onto Cascade Road. Head just under 1.5 miles along Cascade Road to the entrance/parking area for Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.
  4. Follow a path south/southeast-ish to get to the falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 1.9 miles round-trip (though I don’t think it’s that long to the falls)
Height: 6′

Where in the World is Cascade Springs Falls?

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