Atlanta: Raven Cliff Falls

Waterfalls, lush forests, and magnificent creekside views make this 5-mile out-and-back through Cliff Falls Wilderness a superb dayhike in northern Georgia.
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Waterfalls, lush forests, and magnificent creekside views make this 5-mile out-and-back through Cliff Falls Wilderness a superb dayhike in northern Georgia.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.0

Waypoints

Waterfall

Location: 34.7179527, -83.8027649

©Marcus Woolf

RCT001

Location: 34.7099495, -83.7890625

From W side of lot, hike on marked Raven Cliff Trail through a shady, verdant hemlock grove

RCT002

Location: 34.7109451, -83.7914734

Cross Dodd Creek; travel NW. In summer, creekside is covered with fragrant white blooms of mountain laurel

RCT003

Location: 34.7112122, -83.7936172

Tranquil Dodd Creek bursts into a series of whitewater stretches

RCT004

Location: 34.7131958, -83.7956314

The trail curves through rhododendron and early bloomers like trout lily, named for its mottled appearance and purple specks

RCT005

Location: 34.7179947, -83.8027878

A waterfall showers between algae-plastered boulders

RCT006

Location: 34.7182884, -83.8055725

Muffled rumble on L; part branches for a view of crashing waterfall

RCT007

Location: 34.7194862, -83.8109055

Trail deviates from the creek to ascend low ridge amid ferns and dog hubble shrubs

RCT008

Location: 34.7223167, -83.8171387

Scenic riverside campsite sits in hemlocks

RCT009

Location: 34.7230186, -83.8223038

Bear R @ Y and ascend incline; as cliffs come into view, listen for guttural croaking of ravens

RCT010

Location: 34.72332, -83.8232803

Ascend rough path on R to scenic pinnacle; a fissure in 100-foot cliff guards a waterfall that crosses and topples over rock shelves. Retrace steps back to car