Friday, June 1, 2012

Raven Cliffs Trail and Waterfalls

Raven Cliffs
Raven Cliffs Trail is located near the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway. The trail, which is 2.5 miles long, closely follows a beautiful mountain stream, Dodd Creek, to the cliffs and falls. Small waterfalls and beautiful natural scenes appear along the trail. The trail ends at the massive Raven Cliffs which tower 125 feet over the trail. The waterfalls flow down through a fissure in the massive granite outcrop. The waterfalls are a double cascade dropping 60 feet and then 20 feet into a pool.

The waterfalls and creek are within the Raven Cliffs Wilderness Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. This wilderness area, which contains more than 9,600 acres, is accessed only by hiking trails. The area has abundant bird life including the ravens that give the area its name. In addition to these cliffs and falls, this wilderness area includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

I hiked the trail with my son, Travis White, and my son-in-law, Justin Greene, in May 2012. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful sight in nature than these waterfalls flowing over the majestic granite cliffs.

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