Estatoah Falls, Georgia

I’ve debated for a bit about whether to post anything on Estatoah Falls, and I’ve decided that it’s worth it. Let me start by saying that this waterfall is on private property. There’s no way to get closer to the falls, and there’s not really a good place to stop and view the falls. One book I have mentions a pull-off along the road (GA-246), but there isn’t really any true pull-off to see the falls. I found that the best option was to turn down a road that comes before the falls. (There’s no designated place to view the falls there, it’s just not a busy road.)

So why am I posting about Estatoah Falls. Well, first, I think it’s a cool waterfall. Even from afar, this 200′ can catch your eyes. Just make sure to stay on the road. If it were accessible, it would be very popular…which is why I can understand keeping it private! And second, I don’t think I realized that Estatoah Falls is a continuation of Mud Creek Falls. Mud Creek Falls is also known as Little Estatoah Falls because it’s on the same creek. You can very easily visit Mud Creek Falls by heading into Sky Valley.

Directions:

  1. From US-23, turn onto GA-246 heading east. After about a mile, if you look to your right across the fields, you should be able to get a glimpse of Estatoah Falls.
  2. I found that turning onto Kelly’s Creek Road allowed me to get a “better” photo of the falls, not that it’s the best picture. (Kelly’s Creek Road isn’t wildly busy, which is the only reason I mention it.)

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 200′
Length of Hike: No hiking here (can be viewed from the road)

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Estatoah Falls in March 2017

Where in the World is Estatoah Falls?

Mud Creek Falls, Georgia

Out in the woods of Georgia is Sky Valley, a somewhat fancy leisure community and golf course that seems out of place. When you enter Sky Valley, it seems like any waterfalls would have disappeared with the buildup of the community, but off in a corner of Sky Valley is Mud Creek Falls. It’s actually a very pretty waterfall that is easy to access and even has a little picnic area next to it.

Mud Creek Falls is also known as Little Estatoah Falls because it ends up that it’s on the same creek (Mud Creek!) as Estatoah Falls. Estatoah Falls is Mud Creek Fall’s bigger brother, but it’s also the far more private brother. If you’re looking to get close to a waterfall, Mud Creek Falls is your only option here.

Directions:

  1. From US-441, turn onto GA-246 heading east.
  2. Go for about 4 miles to Bald Mountain Rd. It’s a little bit odd, as you will leave Georgia briefly, enter North Carolina, and then reenter Georgia.
  3. Turn right onto Bald Mountain Road, and go a mile to the Sky Valley gated community.
  4. Enter the gate and veer to the left toward the golf course area.
  5. After about 0.5 miles, you will turn right on Tahoe Lane, which is very easy to miss. If you’ve come to the golf course, you’ve gone too far.
  6. After you’ve turned on Tahoe Lane, go straight down to the end of the road, literally. There will be some curving and some unpaved road, but right at the end is the picnic area and Mud Creek Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10
Height: ~50′
Length of Hike: None (roadside)

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Mud Creek Falls in March 2009

Where in the World is Mud Creek Falls?