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Toccoa Falls, GA

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,037 feet
Elevation Gain 30 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 0.65
Interest Historic, Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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4  2012-06-16 satillayakker
Author satillayakker
author avatar Guides 7
Routes 0
Photos 99
Trips 2 map ( 3 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Satilla River Basin, GA
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:18am - 6:38pm
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"Hidden" Falls
by satillayakker

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Toccoa Falls is located on the Toccoa Falls College campus in the small town of Tocco, GA. At 186 feet, it is one of the tallest sheer vertical falls in Georgia.

The trail to the falls actually starts at the college gift shop. (The college is a very small, and relaxing campus.) The hike up is on a well maintained trail along Toccoa Creek. The incline is not steep, but could offer a little workout for those not use to hiking or walking unimproved trails. Toccoa Creek is fast moving, shallow, and filled with rocks, many of which were deposited below the falls after a dam break on Toccoa Creek north of the falls in 1977.

You reach the falls shortly and you wonder how is such a beautiful place so well hidden so close to a major roadaway only a few hundred yards away! The 186 foot drop ends in a crystal clear pool. Off trail hiking in not approved here, so as to keep the beauty the way it is. Even so, there are definitely some trails (evident if you have even minimal route finding skills) leading up the side of the cliff that appear to switch pack toward the top of the falls and Toccoa Creek. You can hop around and explore the many geological attractions. Huge boulders line the pool, and some can even be fit into place at the top of the falls (in your mind of course) with a little thought and study of the area. Even though this place is treated as more of a stop off and side stop for a longer trip, it is worth even a direct drive for some distance to see.

Advice, in months other than mid summer, I would bring a jacket. The falls are in a small gorge that is several degrees cooler than the surrounding area.

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2012-08-07 satillayakker
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    Special Use

    2.00 per person or, 5.00 per family

    Chattahoochie Forest
    Chattahoochee-Oconee Recreation Pass Information $5 daily / $25 Annual

    There is an option to earn an annual pass with 20 hours volunteer work.

    Free on Wednesdays. A backcountry permit from the visitor center must be obtained to hike or backpack.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Toccoa, GA, take Toccoa Falls Road (17A) north toward Tallulah Falls. You will find a sign to turn left for Toccoa Falls and Toccoa Falls College. Once you come to the entrance gate (no one is usually there), go on through and follow the road untol you begin to see more signs. Signs are few, but it is easy to navigate. Any of the students on campus are more than happy to point the way.
    page created by satillayakker on Aug 07 2012 8:13 am
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