Craggy Gardens - Blue Ridge Parkway, June 2017Craggy Gardens - Blue Ridge Parkway, June 2017

North Georgia in Autumn

March 05, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

If you travel in northern Georgia you are in for quite a treat.  The landscape is very beautiful, not quite up to North Carolina standards, but still great.  Since the autumn colors in much of North Carolina had passed and weren't all that great, I decided to visit Georgia to see if I'd have better photographic luck.  I was not disappointed.  Even though its a bit of a trip from my home base, it was well worth the ride.

My first stop was near Hwy 196 just east of Hwy 76.  As I was passing a large field I caught a glimpse of a potential photograph.  Turning around to get a better view I found the little shed below stuck way out in a field.  Since there were no homes to be seen I grabbed my gear to see what I could get.  I'm happy with the result.

Rural Georgia Shed Oct. 2018Rural Georgia Shed Oct. 2018

The next stop was a revisit to Minnehaha Falls near Rabun Lake.  This is a very easy hike.  This was the first time visiting this waterfall in autumn and it was beautiful.  Water flow changes a lot for this waterfall so visit often to see its many personalities. The only bad thing was that my 17-35mm wide angle lens was in the shop being repaired.  I would have loved to have it here.

Minnehaha Falls Oct. 2018Minnehaha Falls Oct. 2018

Next on my list was Raper Creek​​​​​​​ Falls in Habersham County, GA.  This is a very short hike.  It's easy to find but there are only about two spaces for parking.  It's not very well marked and you're in the middle of nowhere.  I would suggest for safety reasons to use the buddy system here.  The trail gets pretty steep in the lower section so some slipping is almost guaranteed.  Plus there can be lots of spray near the falls and the footing on the rocks is very slippery.  Again, I could really have used my wide angle lens here.  I would have been able to catch more autumn trees across the stream.  Guess I'll have to go back next fall.
Raper Creek Falls Oct. 2018Raper Creek Falls Oct. 2018

I had tried to get to another waterfall just outside Clayton, GA.  It wasn't easy to find the trailhead but I finally did.  The trail was suppose to be pretty easy.  But looking down the trail it seemed anything but.  Since I was by myself and the sun was quickly setting with rain starting, I opted to play it safe and skip it for this trip.  But as I was heading back toward Clayton, I found this little beauty just off the road.  A nice way to end a long day.

Georgia Barn Oct. 2018Georgia Barn Oct. 2018

I revisited the area a few days later to catch some places I wasn't able to get to the other day.  My first stop was the Tallulah Gorge State Park.  The gorge is two miles long and is 1000 feet deep.  There are a few waterfalls found along the gorge.  In the photo below you can see L'Eau d'Or Falls.  There are several trails in the park.  Some are easy, others require some tougher hiking.

Talullah Gorge Oct. 2018Talullah Gorge Oct. 2018

If you take the South Rim Trail you can descend into the gorge.  But bear in mind you'll have to take a total of 1136 steps to reach the floor and come back up.  At some times, you're allowed to hike through the gorge.  On the day I was there, the gorge was closed off except to see Hurricane Falls (see below).  But I saw no way on how you could hike anywhere.  There was no apparent trail that I could see. But Hurricane Falls was enough of a reward at the bottom for me.  But the hike back up all those steps was a killer.

So if you're able to visit northeast Georgia, you will not be disappointed.  Just don't go in summer unless you love hot humid weather.







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