A serene hike right in southwest Atlanta, featuring a waterfall, an old cave tunnel, and over 100 acres of forest to explore.

A quick and local getaway from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta city life, Cascade Springs Nature Preserve offers over 100 acres of forested trails that lead to Utoy Creek and Cascade Falls.

The trail starts at the parking area and leads to a boardwalk where old historical structures stand alongside the path. At the end of the boardwalk sits a stone structure surrounded and covered by moss. From here, there are two options.

Option 1: Traverse the trail towards the right for a nice long stroll through fairly dense forest before reaching Utoy Creek, Cascade Falls, and the old cave tunnel at the end of the trail loop.

Option 2: Traverse the trail towards the left to immediately go towards Utoy Creek, Cascade Falls, and the old cave tunnel.

Where Cascade Falls leads into Utoy Creek, there is this old cave tunnel above it. The tunnel has vines that drop from the top, creating a partial curtain over the tunnel. There are plenty of boulders around, which is great for walking around, sitting and enjoying nature, and splashing in the waters.

If you are feeling a bit adventurous, there is also a path that leads to the opening of the tunnel where you can walk into it, but be careful since the rocks can be slippery.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Comfortable Shoes
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RT Distance 1.9 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Perfect Escape From The City

Have an itch for a mini hike? This is your spot! With a miniature waterfall and green, lush paths, this is the perfect quick getaway. Will be back again.

When Urban Hikes Don't Seem So Urban

This trial is a gem full of greenery found in a very unlikely urban setting. It's true the ivy covered tunnel is spectacular, but the true beauty lies in the surrounding forest. The trail takes on almost a magical feeling as you wander amongst the mature trees and mossy floors. The trail map says it is around 2 miles long; however, there are many offshoots deriving from the main trail, so if you wish to prolong your time in the forest I would advise taking the paths "less traveled by".


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