Hike to Minnehaha Falls

Georgia Minnehaha Falls Trail Head

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.

Pack List

  • camera (and tripod, if taking long exposures)
  • water shoes (if intending to explore the falls more intimately
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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about 1 month ago

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.

about 1 month ago

3 months ago

Beautiful

Easy hike to the base of the falls good secluded sitting area. There is a steep more strenuous trail that leads from the base to the top of the falls

3 months ago

4 months ago

Chill Place

This is a pretty short hike. It's super easy to get to and probably great in the summer time since it's so easy to navigate around in the water. The waterfall itself is much larger in scale than I expected so that was neat. I think this would be a nice place for portraits at the right time of day.

4 months ago

Added by Matthew Ady

Atlanta-based and outdoor-inspired adventurer, traveler, runner, photographer, and Emory University law student.

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