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High Shoals Falls Scenic Area & Trail

High Shoals FallsHigh Shoal Falls located in the far southern reaches of the Blue Ridge Mountains is likely the most spectacular and most visited waterfall in Towns County. The High Shoal Falls Scenic Area is 170 acres within the Chattahoochee National Forest. Within this region are cascading mountain creeks and streams, a hardwood forest, seasonal wildflowers, natural wildlife and an abundance of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron often lining both sides of the trail for some distance at a time.

Though High Shoals Falls are beautiful to behold and 1.2-miles from the primitive parking area, it takes some effort to reach, mostly on the upgrade return trip to the parking area. Just past High Shoals Falls is its sister falls called the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is made up of a series of five cascading waterfalls before reaching the 20-foot deep pool of the Blue Hole. High Shoals Falls itself is over 100-feet high pouring over jagged rocks often creating pockets of spraying water splashing off protruding rocks on its way down.

High Shoals Falls Scenic Area EntranceAccess to High Shoals Falls Scenic Area is just off GA Highway 75 along the eastern side of the highway and marked by a small forestry road sign. As with many unpaved forestry roads the trip can be a little bouncy at times and includes a wide un-bridged creek bed that your vehicle can cross over near the beginning of the approach roadway to the upper trailhead. During rainy weather the creek bed can rise and the road can be muddy requiring the need of a four-wheel drive vehicle to cross the rain fed water current and to pull the muddy uphill grade. Never try to cross-strong water currents with your vehicle, strong currents can lift a vehicle off their wheels and float them down stream. During my first visit to the falls I used a standard size vehicle, the forestry road was dry and the creek was low, although the trip was a little bumpy in places. The creek does make a good family vehicle splashing photo or video opportunity.


Cupid Falls at Corn Creek Preserve

If you’re looking to visit a waterfall setting minus the forestry road and long hike, I recommend the Cupid Falls at Corn Creek Preserve. The falls are broad and about ten feet tall.

The Cupid falls is located conveniently alongside Thomastown Road near the southern edge of the town of Young Harris.  The falls are as easy to view as looking out the windows of your horseless carriage. Cupid Falls at Corn Creed Preserve is located in a large cove just behind Young Harris College, a beautiful park setting along the banks of Corn Creek.

Cupid Falls in Young HarrisCupid Falls is the center piece of the park though it is only one part of a developing site called the “Children’s Interpretive Garden at Corn Creek Preserve. In its entirety the garden preserve will feature not only the falls, but also a short trail that crosses two footbridges and follows along both banks of the creek and natural gardens as well. The “Children’s Interpretive Garden at Corn Creek Preserve also features a tree house, a gazebo, several picnic tables and the marker for the old Corn Creek Mill site. The preserve’s gardens display and identify indigenous plants, medicinal plants, mosses, a butterfly garden and a small indigenous tree stand.

The waterfall is what captures the most attention with its ideal access next to the roadway for those looking for natural wonders in an easy to access area and easy to walk trail.

For a taste of the natural beauty of the waterfall the Blue Ridge Highlander has included in its Towns County Mobile App, a short video of the falls for our readers to enjoy, anywhere or anytime they need to take a break and get back to nature, even if it is only on a mobile phone or tablet.

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