Ravens Cliff Falls–Helen, GA

January 7, 2012
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Length:  2.5 miles one way

Difficulty:  Easy Hike to the Falls, Difficulty Rock Scramble to Falls Overlook

Ravens Cliff Falls

Ravens Cliff Falls is a three cascade waterfall located just outside of Helen, Georgia in Ravens Cliff Wilderness.

The hiking trail to the falls runs parallel to the falls is a relatively flat hike, with only a few minor hills that provide little difficulty.  Along the trail, hikers will parallel a very scenic Dodd Creek. The creek winds its way through the valley floor at a quicker pace than one might expect, and changes somewhat randomly from whitewater flows to beautiful deep pools. The quick pace and depth of Dodd’s Creek has also created several small waterfalls throughout the hike, and it would be easy to think some of these are the actual Ravens Cliff Falls.

Ravens Cliff Falls

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The Falls, however, are unmistakable once reached.  At its base, the lowest cascade, a 20 foot falls seems to mark the end of the trail.

Ravens Cliff Falls

At this point, however, the trail becomes moderately difficult, and a little dangerous. An approximately 40 foot scramble up the hillside to the right will bring hikers to a closer view of the 60’ cascade that is the focal point of Ravens Cliff Falls.

These falls are somewhat unique in that they don’t fall down the face of a cliff in the ways hikers might expect. Instead, Ravens Cliff Falls parts two cliffs creating its own path down into Dodd’s Creek.

From the top of the trail, views of the Ravens Cliff Wilderness Valley can also be seen, especially in the fall and winter months.

Ravens Cliff Falls

Ravens Cliff Falls

NOTE:.

This hike is a very popular hike close to Helen, GA and Cleveland, Georgia and can get a little crowded on nice Spring and fall weekends.

 

Directions: From Downtown Helen:

1. Travel West on Hwy. 17 for 1.3 miles.

2 Turn Left onto GA-75 North for 2.3 miles

3 Make a slight right onto GA-348/Richard B. Russell Scenice Highway and go 2.7miles.

Ravens Cliff Wilderness and Falls is not clearly marked on road side signage until the parking lot is reached on the left.

Ravens Cliff Falls

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One Response to Ravens Cliff Falls–Helen, GA

  1. Camper Trailers on January 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Indeed a very beautiful place.Nice photos.

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