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Lakemont, Georgia

Hike to Minnehaha Falls

0.5 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Matthew Ady

Perhaps the best kept secret in North Georgia, Minnehaha Falls are the perfect side trip for any excursion into the mountains.

Despite their beauty, not many hikers know about Minnehaha Falls. Even more shocking, these are some of the most accessible falls in all of North Georgia. Round trip, the hike to the falls will only take about a half a mile. Hikers can park along the side of the road at the trailhead. Follow the trail along the river, keeping the river to the right. The trail is clearly marked and mostly flat, with some bumpy patches where roots and rocks have sprung up in the path. Depending on their speed, hikers should reach the falls in about five to seven minutes of walking. Turn the last corner, and enjoy the view. Snap a few photos and return the way you came.

Pro tip: arrive early in the morning or late in the evening, when the falls are less frequented, to take some truly stunning long exposures.

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Chillin
Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Beautiful waterfalls, a bit crowded

Minnehaha Falls is easily one of the most aesthetic and charming waterfalls in Georgia, and my personal favorite in NE Georgia. It is really just a small creek that spreads out beautifully over a series of cascades. There is not much to the hike since it is quite short. I set up my hammock near the base of the falls to photograph them at first light before the crowds got there, but it did not take long for the crowds to start pouring in. If you can go very early or very late in the day to relax and have this waterfall all to yourself, I highly recommend it.

Much Bigger in Person

Everyone I have brought here is surprised by the size of this waterfall, it looks much bigger in real life than it does in photos. It only takes 5-10 minutes to walk to from the car so don’t be expecting a hike. Very fun to visit with no planning or supplies required. There is not a swimming area, but if you are looking for waterfalls this one is much bigger than some other popular spots like Panther Creek, without the lengthy hike.

Stunning Falls

Loved this waterfall. Yeah it is a short trek but the rock formation on which the water cascades down is not something seen very often. Highly recommend.

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