Raven Cliffs Falls
Raven Cliff Wilderness, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
7.5
Length
hike difficulty
5
Duration 2 - 3 hours
Elevation Gain 836 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Raven Cliff Wilderness
Parking Fee None
Blaze None
Nearby City Helen, GA
Trailhead Coord. 34.709833, -83.789098

Five miles of mostly flat terrain and multiple waterfalls makes Raven Cliff trail a must for any Georgia hiker’s list. After the hike, don’t forget to stop by Helen, GA, a small German-style alpine village with many specialty shops and food.



At the parking area are information boards and toilets. From here, follow the gravel road to the beginning of the trail, denoted by the sign and two small bridges. The trail immediately passes a large camping area with rope swing, perfect for car campers. Shortly afterward, the trail crosses over a footbridge and travels northwest along the creek. The path is sometimes rocky, sometimes crossed with roots, but for the most part easily trod.



The trail follows the Dodd creek for its entire length, sometimes directly along its babbling waters and other times rising above, but never deviating too far from its banks. At 1.1 miles in, look for the side trail to the left for a close encounter with one of many waterfalls along the way. From here, the path passes several more falls and cascades, many quite large and impressive, but further off the trail. Numerous footbridges take the trail over Dodd creek and several of its tributaries.



A large rock outcrop greets hikers at the end of the trail. Climb the steep incline halfway for a view of Raven Cliff Falls, a high waterfall visible through an opening between the rocks. When the water volume is high, this can be a very impressive falls. Farther up the hill to the left is a tree whose roots form a steep ladder between the rocks, allowing for adventurous hikers to climb to the top of the rock outcropping and a different view of the falls. The trail supposedly continues for another couple of miles, but this description stops at the falls.

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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
34.709833, -83.789098 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°42.59, W 83°47.35 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°42'35'', W 83°47'21'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Blue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West, Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928



Cautions & Warnings
The trail becomes very steep and ends at a tree root ladder to the top of the rock face and above the falls. The Raven Cliff Trails ends at the falls. Climbing to the top presents dangerous cliff edges and drop offs.



Other Information
Along the trail are several side trails to much smaller, but equally powerful and stunning waterfalls.